TPS or Turun Palloseura is an ice hockey team and 10-time champion of SM-liiga and 1-time champion of SM-sarja. They play in Finland, at the Gatorade Center. In terms of championships, TPS is the all-time most successful team in the 1975-founded SM-liiga alongside with Tappara which has 10 titles. TPS was established in 1922 as Turun Palloseura; the club began ice hockey activities after 1929. Today, the full name of the company is HC TPS Turku Oy. TPS has won the Finnish Championship in ice hockey 11 times: 1956, 1976, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010. Only Tampere teams Ilves and Tappara have won more titles when SM-sarja counts. Coach Hannu Jortikka led the club to a total of six championships in 1989–91 and 1999–2001. TPS have won 2 Finnish Cups, a European Cup: 1994, a European Hockey League: 1997 and a Super Cup in 1997. Vladimir Yurzinov used to be the coach of TPS in 1992–98; the team is coached by Kalle Kaskinen. NHL players from TPS include Saku Koivu, Mikko Koivu, Miikka Kiprusoff, Sami Salo, Petteri Nummelin, Niko Kapanen, Jere Lehtinen, Rasmus Ristolainen, Antero Niittymäki, Lauri Korpikoski, Mikko Rantanen and others.
Updated September 25, 2014. Head Coach: Kalle Kaskinen Assistant Coach: Kimmo Rintanen Assistant Coach: Sami Salo Goaltending Coach: Fredrik Norrena Physical Coach: Timo Kujanen Video Coach: Mikael Tolkki General Manager: Mika Eskola 3—Timo Nummelin 8—Juhani Wahlsten 11—Saku Koivu 15-Reijo Leppänen 16—Rauli Tammelin 23—Hannu Virta SM-liiga, Kanada-malja: 1976, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010) SM-sarja: 1956 SM-liiga: 1943, 1955, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004 SM-liiga: 1953, 1978, 1979, 1981 SM-sarja: 1943, 1955, 1957, 1967 SM-sarja: 1953 Finnish Cup: 1955, 1956 IIHF European Cup: 1994 2010 Kai Suikkanen 2001 Hannu Jortikka 2000 Hannu Jortikka 1999 Hannu Jortikka 1995 Vladimir Yurzinov 1994 Vladimir Yurzinov 1993 Vladimir Yurzinov 1991 Hannu Jortikka 1990 Hannu Jortikka 1989 Hannu Jortikka 2001 Kimmo Rintanen 2000 Kai Nurminen 1997 Kimmo Rintanen 1995 Saku Koivu 1994 Esa Keskinen 1992 Mikko Mäkelä 1989 Jukka Vilander 2010 Atte Engren 1999 Miikka Kiprusoff 1997 Jani Hurme 1991 Markus Ketterer 1989 Timo Lehkonen 1980 Jorma Valtonen 1979 Jorma Valtonen 2010 Lee Sweatt 2001 Jouni Loponen 1995 Petteri Nummelin 1994 Petteri Nummelin 1991 Hannu Virta 1990 Hannu Virta 1987 Hannu Virta 2000 Kai Nurminen 1994 Marko Jantunen 1989 Jukka Vilander 1988 Arto Javanainen 1982 Reijo Leppänen 2000 Kai Nurminen 1995 Saku Koivu 1994 Esa Keskinen 1993 Esa Keskinen 1992 Mikko Mäkelä 1988 Esa Keskinen 1982 Reijo Leppänen 1981 Reijo Leppänen 2007 Tuomas Suominen 2000 Antero Niittymäki 1996 Jani Hurme 1982 Hannu Virta 2017 Jasper Lindsten 2001 Jouni Loponen 2000 Kai Nurminen 1997 Kimmo Timonen 1994 Aleksandr Smirnov 1990 Jukka Virtanen 1989 Jukka Vilander 1982 Timo Nummelin 1980 Reijo Leppänen 2001 Tony Virta 2000 Kai Nurminen 1997 Jani Hurme 1995 Saku Koivu 1994 Esa Keskinen 2001 Kimmo Rintanen 2000 Kimmo Rintanen 1999 Marko Kiprusoff 1998 Kimmo Rintanen 1997 Kimmo Rintanen 1995 Jere Lehtinen 1993 Esa Keskinen 1989 Jukka Vilander 1988 Jukka Vilander 1987 Jukka Vilander 1985 Reijo Leppänen 1984 Esa Keskinen 1981 Timo Nummelin 1977 Jarmo Koivunen 1957 Aki Salonen 2010 Ilari Filppula 2000 Tomi Kallio 1999 Miikka Kiprusoff 1995 Saku Koivu Vladimir Yurzinov Jukka Koivu Hannu Jortikka Hannu Virta Pekka Virta Juha Pajuoja Heikki Leime Riku-Petteri Lehtonen Juhani Tamminen Kari Jalonen Matti Keinonen Juhani Wahlsten Category:HC TPS players TPS official web site Official supporter club Independent TPS supporter club Independent supporter club
Winger (ice hockey)
Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They work by flanking the centre forward; the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, forwards who work along the boards and in the corners, they tend to be smaller than defenseman. This position is referred to by the side of the rink that the winger takes, i.e. "left wing" or "right wing." The wingers' responsibilities in the defensive zone include the following: getting open for a pass from their teammates intercepting a pass to the opposing defenceman attacking the opposing defencemen when they have the puckWingers should not: play deep in their defensive zone help out their teammates along the boards Wingers should be playing high in the zone, always be vigilant for a breakout pass or a chance to chip the puck past the blue line.
When wingers receive a pass along the boards, they can exercise a number of options: Bank the puck off the boards or glass to get it out of the zone Redirect or pass the puck to a rushing forward Shoot the puck out to the centre line to another forward who can either set up an attack, or dump the puck into the offensive zone to summon a line change Carry the puck themselves into the offensive zone to attempt a breakaway or an odd man rush Wingers are the last players to backcheck out of the offensive zone. On the backcheck, it is essential. Once the puck is controlled by the opposing team in the defensive zone, wingers are responsible for covering the defenceman on their side of the ice. Prior to the puck being dropped for a face-off, players other than those taking the face-off must not make any physical contact with players on the opposite team, nor enter the face-off circle. After the puck is dropped, it is essential for wingers to engage the opposing players to prevent them from obtaining possession of the puck.
Once a team has established control of the puck, wingers can set themselves up into an appropriate position. Some wingers are employed to handle faceoffs. Rover Centre Defenceman Forward Goaltender Power forward List of NHL players
Janne Henrik Niinimaa is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, he played in the Finnish SM-liiga, Swedish Elitserien, Swiss National League A, Swedish Allsvenskan. Niinimaa was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 36th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers. Following three seasons playing with Jokerit in Helsinki, Niinimaa made his debut with the Flyers in the 1996–97 NHL season, posting 44 points and a +12 rating, being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team; the following season Niinimaa was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he spent parts of six seasons. He earned himself an All-Star appearance in the 2000–01 NHL regular season, he was traded to the New York Islanders in 2003 and was traded to the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. During the NHL lockout, Niinimaa returned to play in his native Finland. Niinimaa has twice represented Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1998, was on the national team when Finland won its first World Championship gold medal.
Niinimaa retired on February 10, 2014. June 26, 1993 – Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers March 24, 1998 – Traded by Philadelphia to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Dan McGillis and a 2nd round draft pick March 11, 2003 – Traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the New York Islanders along with a second round draft pick in exchange for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres January 10, 2006 – Traded by the New York Islanders to the Dallas Stars along with a fifth round draft pick in exchange for John Erskine and a second round draft pick. September 30, 2006 – Traded by the Dallas Stars along with a fifth round pick in 2007 to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mike Ribeiro and a 2008 sixth round pick. September 14, 2007 – Signed by HC Davos of the Swiss National League. August 14, 2008 – Signed by Kärpät of the SM-liiga. November 27, 2008 – Signed by SCL Tigers of the Swiss National League. August 16, 2009 – Signed by HV71 of Elitserien. Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
Igor Nikitin (ice hockey)
Igor Valeryevich Nikitin is a Soviet and Kazakhstani hockey players, after the completion of the playing career — coach. At the moment, the head coach of HC CSKA Moscow. Igor Nikitin career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
Helsingin Jokerit is a professional ice hockey team based in Helsinki, Finland. They are members of the Bobrov Division of the Western Conference of the Kontinental Hockey League; the team won six league championships as a member of the Finnish SM-liiga. Jokerit plays its home games at the Hartwall Arena, they joined the Kontinental Hockey League as of the 2014–15 KHL season, making Finland the first Nordic country to have a team in the league. Jokerit would not have existed without the debt-incumbent ice hockey branch of Töölön Vesa amateur sports club, who were faced with having to discontinue their resource-demanding ice hockey activities in 1967. Master-builder Aimo Mäkinen seized the opportunity to establish a semi-professional sports club of his own, for the price of half of Vesa's ice hockey debts the new ice hockey club inherited everything, including junior players and the vacant position in second highest Finnish series, Suomi-sarja. Jokerit were established on 27 October 1967, at their constitutional meeting.
The club's sole owner Mäkinen chose to wield sovereign power, becoming in practice the board and managing director. The insignia, a winking jester, was adapted from jokers of various card decks and drawn by graphic designer Jorma Hinkka, their home venue was Helsinki Ice Hall. Mäkinen did not intend his new club to loiter in the lower series. Though dramatic changes in the line-up did not appear directly, only a few players from Töölön Vesa saw prolonged employment: Timo Turunen would be the most distinguished, remaining today as the club's all-time goal scoring leader. With him, Pentti Hiiros and Timo Kyntölä would form nallipyssyketju until 1975, when the latter retired. Promotion to the highest level, SM-sarja, took place two years later. After the promotion was secured, Mäkinen began an aggressive acquisition of star players. Among them were the national team regulars defenceman Ilpo Koskela with forwards Henry Leppä and Timo Sutinen, whose relationship with the club lasted long. Other reinforcements worthy of a mention were forward Jouko Öystilä and defenceman Timo Saari, head coach Matti Lampainen.
In 1969, the IIHF had loosened amateur rules by permitting bodychecking anywhere in the rink. SM-sarja underwent a tactical revolution as mean play became a means to success. Lampainen, reckoned physical play unsuitable for the line-up at hand, he guided the team, towards a play that demanded technique and clever tactics. This became the trademark of Jokerit that stuck all the way to the late 1990s and resulted in the way Jokerit played as being branded as "neitikiekko", which translates as "playing like women". To his credit, Mäkinen enhanced the club's junior organization by launching a competition of their own, called Kanada-sarja, with 500 participating junior players, a figure that cumulatively tripled in a few years. Kanada-sarja didn't survive the 1970s, but Jokerit benefited from it through a steady flow of emerging talent including Jari Kurri, by gaining a strong popular base in the outer urban zones of Helsinki. Despite winning Finnish championship silver in 1971 and gold in 1973, Jokerit didn't manage to be financially profitable during Mäkinen's period in charge.
He started downsizing the team's budget by methodically replacing departing stars with junior players. Success declined and Jokerit only just managed to avoid relegation from the Finnish elite-level league several times. This, combined with Mäkinen's controversial manner of management – the emphasis being place on non-physical play – led to the club facing an uncertain and turbulent future; when a replacement candidate turned up in 1980, Mäkinen retired from the ownership, though he went on in the club's junior organization up to the 1990s. New owners, Jokeriklubin Tuki Ry, were a conventional association supervised by its board. Under new management, the club didn't shake off its wobbliness, but they peaked for one season. Having signed outcasts of other clubs, they hit jackpot: for the 1982–1983 season, the club signed Soviet Union's national team defenceman Nikolai Makarov; as a result, Jokerit had a near-perfect season and advanced all the way to the SM-Liiga finals, where they were comprehensively beaten by local rival HIFK.
However, the management ran into unexpected financial problems, the brief success soon withered. Only a few years they had to avert bankruptcy twice, which struck a blow to their credibility, as a mass desertion of the players ensued; the first line was a shambles as wing Risto Kerminen departed and center Jari Lindroos did, but though he had signed elsewhere, the contract was illegitimately nullified. Few others, apart from the longtime goaltender Rauli Sohlman, remained. Jokerit faced the imminent relegation in 1987. In the middle of the bleakest hour of their history, with Jokeriklubin Tuki Ry seeking to discontinue their association, new blood was rushed into Jokerit. In 1988, their 20-year-olds won the Finnish junior championship with several prospective stars: defenceman Waltteri Immonen would be captain of the team 1991–1999. Now that the club was spiced with such promising, new willing owners turned up to save them, they became the first limited company based sports club in Finland. Kalervo Kummola, who played t
NHL Entry Draft
The NHL Entry Draft is an annual meeting in which every franchise of the National Hockey League systematically select the rights to available ice hockey players who meet draft eligibility requirements. The NHL Entry Draft is held once every year within two to three months after the conclusion of the previous season. During the draft, teams take turns selecting amateur players from junior or collegiate leagues and professional players from European leagues; the first draft was held in 1963, has been held every year since. The NHL Entry Draft was known as the NHL Amateur Draft until 1979; the entry draft has only been a public event since 1980, a televised event since 1984. Up to 1994, the order was determined by the standings at the end of the regular season. In 1995, the NHL Draft Lottery was introduced where only teams who had missed the playoffs could participate; the one lottery winner would move up the draft order a maximum of four places, meaning only the top five-placed teams could pick first in the draft, no team in the non-playoff group could move down more than one place.
The chances of winning the lottery were weighted towards the teams at the bottom of the regular season standings. Beginning in 2013, the limit of moving up a maximum of four places in the draft order was eliminated, so the lottery winner would automatically receive the first overall pick, any teams above it in the draft order would still move down one spot; the first NHL Entry Draft was held on June 5, 1963 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Quebec. Any amateur player under the age of 20 was eligible to be drafted. In 1979, the rules were changed allowing players who had played professionally to be drafted; this rule change was made to facilitate the absorption of players from the defunct World Hockey Association. The name of the draft was changed from "NHL Amateur Draft" to "NHL Entry Draft". Beginning in 1980, any player, between the ages of 18 and 20 is eligible to be drafted. In addition, any non-North American player over the age of 20 can be selected. From 1987 through 1991, 18 and 19-year-old players could only be drafted in the first three rounds unless they met another criterion of experience which required them to have played in major junior, U.
S. college and high school, or European hockey. In 1980, the Entry Draft became a public event, was held at the Montreal Forum. Prior to that year the Entry Draft was conducted in Montreal hotels or league offices and was closed to the general public; the first draft outside of Montreal was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in 1985. Live television coverage of the draft began in 1984 when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered the event in both English and French for Canadian audiences; the 1987 Entry Draft, held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, was the first NHL Draft to be held in the United States. SportsChannel America began covering the event in the United States in 1989. Prior to the development of the Draft, NHL teams sponsored junior teams, signed prospects in their teens to the junior teams. Players were signed to one of three forms: the "A" form; the "C" form could only be signed by the player at age eighteen or by the player's parents in exchange for some signing bonus.
The first drafts were held to assign players who had not signed with an NHL organization before the sponsorship of junior teams was discontinued after 1968. The selection order in the NHL Entry Draft is determined by a combination of lottery, regular season standing, playoff results. While teams are permitted to trade draft picks both during the draft and prior to it, in all cases, the selection order of the draft picks is based on the original holder of the pick, not a team which may have acquired the pick via a trade or other means; the order of picks discussed in this section always references the original team. The basic order of the NHL Entry Draft is determined based on the standings of the teams in the previous season; as with the other major sports leagues, the basic draft order is intended to favour the teams with the weakest performance who need the most improvement in their roster to compete with the other teams. Subject to the results of the NHL Draft Lottery, the teams pick in the same order each round, with each team getting one pick per round.
The basic order of the picks is determined as follows: The teams that did not qualify for the playoffs the previous season The teams that made the playoffs in the previous season but did not win either their division in the regular season or play in the Conference Finals The teams that won their divisions in the previous season but did not play in the Conference Finals The teams that lose in Conference Finals The team, the runner-up in the Stanley Cup Finals The team that won the Stanley Cup in the previous season The number of teams in the second and third group depends on whether the Conference finalists won their division. The teams in each group are ordered within that group based on their point totals in the preceding regular season. Tie-breakers are governed by the same rule
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams consisting of six players each: one goaltender, five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Ice hockey is most popular in Canada and eastern Europe, the Nordic countries and the United States. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada. In addition, ice hockey is the most popular winter sport in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland. North America's National Hockey League is the highest level for men's ice hockey and the strongest professional ice hockey league in the world; the Kontinental Hockey League is much of Eastern Europe. The International Ice Hockey Federation is the formal governing body for international ice hockey, with the IIHF managing international tournaments and maintaining the IIHF World Ranking.
Worldwide, there are ice hockey federations in 76 countries. In Canada, the United States, Nordic countries, some other European countries the sport is known as hockey. Ice hockey is believed to have evolved from simple stick and ball games played in the 18th and 19th century United Kingdom and elsewhere; these games were brought to North America and several similar winter games using informal rules as they were developed, such as "shinny" and "ice polo". The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875; some characteristics of that game, such as the length of the ice rink and the use of a puck, have been retained to this day. Amateur ice hockey leagues began in the 1880s, professional ice hockey originated around 1900; the Stanley Cup, emblematic of ice hockey club supremacy, was first awarded in 1893 to recognize the Canadian amateur champion and became the championship trophy of the NHL. In the early 1900s, the Canadian rules were adopted by the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace, the precursor of the IIHF and the sport was played for the first time at the Olympics during the 1920 Summer Olympics.
In international competitions, the national teams of six countries predominate: Canada, Czech Republic, Russia and the United States. Of the 69 medals awarded all-time in men's competition at the Olympics, only seven medals were not awarded to one of those countries. In the annual Ice Hockey World Championships, 177 of 201 medals have been awarded to the six nations. Teams outside the "Big Six" have won only five medals in either competition since 1953; the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, unlike the annual World Championships and quadrennial Olympic tournament, both run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. World Cup games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF, the tournament occurs prior to the NHL pre-season, allowing for all NHL players to be available, unlike the World Championships, which overlaps with the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Furthermore, all 12 Women's Olympic and 36 IIHF World Women's Championships medals were awarded to one of these six countries.
The Canadian national team or the United States national team have between them won every gold medal of either series. In England, field hockey has been called "hockey" and what was referenced by first appearances in print; the first known mention spelled as "hockey" occurred in the 1773 book Juvenile Sports and Pastimes, to Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of the Author: Including a New Mode of Infant Education, by Richard Johnson, whose chapter XI was titled "New Improvements on the Game of Hockey". The 1573 Statute of Galway banned a sport called "'hokie'—the hurling of a little ball with sticks or staves". A form of this word was thus being used in the 16th century, though much removed from its current usage; the belief that hockey was mentioned in a 1363 proclamation by King Edward III of England is based on modern translations of the proclamation, in Latin and explicitly forbade the games "Pilam Manualem, Pedivam, & Bacularem: & ad Canibucam & Gallorum Pugnam". The English historian and biographer John Strype did not use the word "hockey" when he translated the proclamation in 1720, instead translating "Canibucam" as "Cambuck".
According to the Austin Hockey Association, the word "puck" derives from the Scottish Gaelic puc or the Irish poc. "... The blow given by a hurler to the ball with his camán or hurley is always called a puck." Stick-and-ball games date back to pre-Christian times. In Europe, these games included the Irish game of hurling, the related Scottish game of shinty and versions of field hockey. IJscolf, a game resembling colf on an ice-covered surface, was popular in the Low Countries between the Middle Ages and the Dutch Golden Age, it was played with a wooden curved bat, a wooden or leather ball and two poles, with t