Veli-Matti Savinainen
Born January 5, 1986,
Espoo
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
KHL team
F. teams
Jokerit
Mestis
FPS
KooKoo
Liiga
Ässät
Tappara
KHL
Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Kunlun Red Star
SHL
Leksands IF
Ntl. team Flag of Finland.png Finland
Playing career 2001-2002
2003–present

Veli-Matti Savinainen (born 5 January 1986) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for Jokerit of the KHL.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Savinainen has previously played for the Liiga clubs, Ässät and Tappara, and for HC Ugra, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian KHL, as well as Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He Joined Leksands IF on a one-year contract on 30 August 2014 after spending the 2013–14 season with Ugra.[1]

After completing his second stint with HC Yugra following the 2017–18 season, posting 17 points in 50 games, Savinainen left as a free agent but opted to continue in the KHL, in joining Chinese outfit Kunlun Red Star on a one-year contract on May 2, 2018.[2]

Following his lone season in China in the 2018–19 season, Savinainen returned to Finland to continue in the KHL, signing a two-year contract Jokerit on May 4, 2019.[3]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland.png Finland
World Championships
Gold 2019 Slovakia
Silver 2014 Belarus

Savinainen played for Finland on 2013 WC, 2014 WC [4], 2017 WC, 2018 WOG, 2018 WC and 2019 WC.

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 FPS Mestis 35 3 3 6 20
2006–07 FPS Mestis 44 14 19 33 60
2007–08 Ässät SM-l 48 4 7 11 52
2007–08 KooKoo Mestis 2 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Ässät SM-l 51 6 19 25 18
2009–10 Ässät SM-l 50 6 7 13 48
2010–11 Ässät SM-l 55 9 13 22 34 6 0 3 3 0
2011–12 Ässät SM-l 60 17 14 31 67 4 1 1 2 2
2012–13 Ässät SM-l 46 20 16 36 43 16 4 5 9 10
2013–14 HC Yugra KHL 49 13 6 19 54
2014–15 Leksands IF SHL 24 5 5 10 12
2014–15 Torpedo Nizhny Novogorod KHL 25 2 3 5 4 4 0 0 0 10
2015–16 Tappara Liiga 44 7 15 22 18 18 2 2 4 28
2016–17 Tappara Liiga 55 30 26 56 36 17 5 6 11 30
2017–18 HC Yugra KHL 50 9 8 17 10
2018–19 Kunlun Red Star KHL 37 9 9 18 45
Liiga totals 409 99 117 216 316 61 12 17 29 70
KHL totals 161 33 26 59 113 4 0 0 0 10
SHL totals 24 5 5 10 12

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Finland WC 4th 10 3 1 4 4
2014 Finland WC Silver medal icon.svg 7 0 0 0 2
2017 Finland WC 4th 10 3 4 7 4
2018 Finland OG 6th 5 1 1 2 2
2018 Finland WC 5th 8 4 4 8 6
2019 Finland WC Gold medal icon.svg 10 0 5 5 0
Senior totals 50 11 15 26 18

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