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Kärpät Oulu
City: Oulu, Finland
League: SM-Liiga
Founded: 1946
Home Arena: Oulun Energia Areena
(6,614 places)
Colors: Black and yellow
General Manager: Flag of Finland Juha Junno
Head Coach: Flag of Finland Matti Alatalo
Captain: Flag of Finland Ilkka Mikkola
Playoff Championships: 5 (1981, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

The Kärpät Oulu (Oulu Stoats) is a professional ice hockey club based in Oulu, Finland and playing in the SM-liiga. The club was founded in 1946 and has won so far the league five times, in 1981, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.



In the spring of 1946, three young men decided to found a new sports club in Oulu. At the constitutional meeting on May 15, the club was named Oulun Kärpät 46. At first, Kärpät played football and its first winter sport was bandy.

In the first annual meeting in January 1947, an ice hockey section was established. At the beginning of the new decade, Kärpät was somewhat successful in ice hockey and it became the main sport of the club. The first game at the highest level was played on the December 4, 1960 against HJK but the visit to the highest level was short and Kärpät lost their position in the series. They made it to the highest level again in 1965-66, but lost their position again. The third try in 1967-68 did not produce a better performance, as Kärpät lost all their games.

From the first years on, junior work was important for Kärpät. E-juniors won the first Finnish Championship for Kärpät in the spring of 1971. When the SM-liiga was founded in August 1975, Kärpät started in the first division. Their goal was to rise to the league. It didn’t happen in the first season, but in 1976. In the next season Kärpät was 7th and then last, but they still remained at the league with ease. After Kärpät acquired some good players, they won the bronze medals in 1980.

In the following year, Kärpät was third in the regular series but in the finals they defeated Tappara. Next year, the weakened team had to settle for 5th place, and the following year they were almost relegated. With a new coach, the goal was to win a medal and finally Kärpät won the bronze. The next goal was to win the championship, but Kärpät only managed to get bronze for the following two years. Kärpät won the regular series in 1987 but they lost to Tappara in the finals. Hopes were high for the next season, but Kärpät fell from the league. In the 2005 finals Kärpät beat Jokerit in Helsinki to win their second consecutive championship with 3 wins to 1. Kärpät facing off against Blues in 2006 playoffs.

The goal was to rise again shortly but it did not work out. Due to financial constraints, Kärpät went into bankruptcy, but in the fall of 1995 they made it to the first division again. In the first year they came 8th and lost in the play offs. Next year they went against KalPa for a place in the league but lost. In the following year, they lost against KalPa again. For the 1998-99 season, Kärpät acquired coach Juhani Tamminen. After they played very well in the regular series they lost to TuTo in the play offs.

The next year, Kärpät finally qualified to the SM-liiga by beating Pelicans Lahti in the qualification series. The first season in the Elite league was full of ups and downs but Kärpät finished 4th, and 6th the following season. After that they finally made it to the finals but lost against Tappara just like in 1987. In the 2003-04 season, Kärpät played in the finals against TPS and finally won their second Finnish Championship. In 2004-05, Kärpät won the Finnish Championship again when they defeated Jokerit in the finals, winning the best-of-five series 3-1. They retained the championship title in the 2006-07 season by beating Jokerit in the finals (3 wins to none) and winning all their games in the playoffs. The first three championships of the 2000s have been celebrated in Oulu with feasts, each gathering tens of thousands of people to rejoice. In the 2007-2008 season, the organization won its second consecutive championship title, and the fourth within the last five years, by defeating Espoo Blues in the finals with four wins to one.

When Oulun Kärpät Oy was founded in 2000 it took the responsibility off the representative team and A-juniors. Oulun Kärpät 46 ry focuses on other junior work.

All-time standings

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Season League Regular season Playoffs Head coach
GP W L T PTS GF GA Standing Result Head coach
1978-79 SM-Liiga 36 12 22 2 26 137 166 10th overall  
1979-80 SM-Liiga 36 18 12 6 42 193 154 3rd overall Bronze medalists
1980-81 SM-Liiga 36 23 10 3 49 196 129 3rd overall Gold medalists
1981-82 SM-Liiga 36 16 14 6 38 177 185 5rd overall  
1982-83 SM-Liiga 36 10 23 3 23 150 181 9th overall  
1983-84 SM-Liiga 37 21 10 6 48 175 134 3rd overall Bronze medalists
1984-85 SM-Liiga 36 22 12 2 46 153 105 2nd overall Bronze medalists
1985-86 SM-Liiga 36 19 14 3 41 138 139 4th overall Bronze medalists
1986-87 SM-Liiga 44 25 15 4 54 209 161 1st overall Silver medalists
1987-88 SM-Liiga 44 22 20 2 46 187 172 7th overall  
1988-89 SM-Liiga 44 14 28 2 30 152 212 11th overall;  
1989-90 I.Divisioona 44 30 11 3 63 255 141 3rd overall  
1990-91 I.Divisioona  
1991-92 I. Divisioona  
1992-93 I.Divisioona  
1994-95 II.Divisioona  
1995-96 I.Divisioona 44 21 19 4 46 180 165 8th overall  
1996-97 I.Divisioona 44 26 14 4 56 196 154 2nd overall  
1997-98 I.Divisioona 44 31 8 5 67 171 99 1st overall  
1998-99 I.Divisioona 48 41 3 4 86 265 91 1st overall  
1999-00 I.Divisioona 48 42 3 3 87 285 91 1st overall;  
2000-01 SM-Liiga 56 23 25 8 54 165 178 8th overall  
2001-02 SM-Liiga 56 25 21 9 60 156 148 6th overall  
2002-03 SM-Liiga 56 27 10 14 73 187 141 3rd overall Silver medalists
2003-04 SM-Liiga 56 29 7 14 78 194 129 2nd overall Gold medalists
2004-05 SM-Liiga 56 35 10 11 121 190 122 1st overall Gold medalists
2005-06 SM-Liiga 56 40 10 0 122 180 105 1st overall Bronze medalists
2006-07 SM-Liiga 56 39 13 0 115 197 125 1st overall Gold medalists
2007-08 SM-Liiga 56 42 9 0 121 205 129 1st overall Gold medalists
2008-09 SM-Liiga 58 33 22 0 97 185 149 6th overall Silver medalists

Kärpät Greats

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