Briefly in English
With teams playing on the highest level in men and women’s hockey, football and floorball, Turun Palloseura or TPS is one of the biggest and most successful sports clubs in all of Finland. On top of the major league team, just the hockey department consists of over 30 junior teams, almost 900 players, 100 team officials, and 150 coaches and team leaders.
Alongside with Tappara, TPS is the all-time most successful team in terms of SM-liiga championships. Turku has had the chance to celebrate the title ten times since Liiga was founded in 1975. Black and white roots run even deeper as the start of TPS’ story dates back to 1922.
Over the years TPS has been the home of some of the former and current top players such as Saku Koivu, Mikko Koivu, Miikka Kiprusoff, Petteri Nummelin, Marko Kiprusoff, Antero Niittymäki, Tomi Kallio, Aki Berg, Hannu Virta, Mikko Eloranta, Rasmus Ristolainen and Mikko Rantanen. Young players making their way all the way to NHL and other big leagues has been a sure way to strengthen TPS’ reputation for great junior work.
It’s not just hockey players who’ve found success in Turku
Turku, the home of TPS is the oldest city and the former capital city of Finland. It’s a big city with a small town feel with a fascinating combination of past and present. Between the history and those who enjoy the modern day city-life Turku has something to offer everyone.
The River Aura flows through the city and a unique and the truly spectacular archipelago stretches towards to the west giving Turku an enchanting maritime atmosphere.
Most of all, Turku has a long history in sports. It’s not just hockey players who’ve found success in the historical sights of the city: In the 1920's Paavo Nurmi made Turku known throughout the world by winning 9 Olympic medals during his career as a long-distance runner. He’s well known all over the world and considered one of the best athletes of all time.
TPS ICE HOCKEY JUNIOR
TPS has 33 junior hockey teams with age groups from 7 years olds to young adults. There's also an ice hockey school for children under 7 years.
Finnish Championships: 11 (1956, 1976, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010)
11 silver and 4 bronze
European Hockey League champion: 1997
European Cup champion: 1994
Seasons in Finnish Elite League: Season 2015-2016 is the 69th
3 Timo Nummelin
8 Juhani Wahlsten
15 Reijo Leppänen
16 Rauli Tammelin
23 Hannu Virta