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The Blues are an ice hockey team in the SM-liiga. They play in Espoomarker, Finlandmarker at the Barona Areenamarker.

Team History

The club was established in February 1984 as Kiekko-Espoo and played their first season in 1984-1985 in the Finnish Second Division. In 1988 they achieved promotion to the Finnish First Division and in 1992 celebrated their promotion to the SM-liiga by beating Joensuun Kiekkopojat with wins 3-2 in best-of-five-series.

Kiekko-Espoo ended its first two seasons in SM-liiga in 11th place within 12 teams. In 1994-95 season team made playoffs for the first time, losing to Lukko in quarter-finals. In 1997-98 season Kiekko-Espoo caused huge upset by beating regular season winner TPS in quarter-finals. Kiekko-Espoo ended the season in fourth place. In the next summer, team name was changed. The name came from the dominant colour of their home jersey.

During the 1998-99 season, team moved to its current home, LänsiAuto Areenamarker (renamed in 2009 due to sponsorship change). The first seasons in their new home were difficult despite team signing many big names. Blues missed the playoffs in 2001 and 2005. In 2002-03 season Blues had its best regular season until that day with fourth place, only to lose against eventual champions Tappara in overtime of the seventh quarter-final.

The team took step forward in 2006-07 when they reached the semi-finals for the first time in nine years, although they lost against Kärpät straight in three games and bronze medal game against HPK. During 2007-08 Blues set a new team record by winning 12 games in a row. They finally ended the regular season in 2nd place and beat HIFK in quarter-finals and Jokerit in semi-finals, proceeding to the finals and thus ensuring the first medal in franchise history. The team eventually ended up second after losing the finals to Kärpät.

Roster for 2009-10 season

Number Player Catches Contract Length Place of Birth
32 Mikko Tolvanen L 2011 Vantaamarker, Finlandmarker
35 Iiro Tarkki R 2011 Rauma, Finlandmarker

Number Player Shoots Contract Length Place of Birth
3 Santeri Heiskanen R 2011 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
4 Aleksi Laakso L 2011 Seinäjokimarker, Finlandmarker
5 Miika Huczkowski L 2010 Jyväskylä Municipalitymarker, Finlandmarker
6 Mikael Kurki L 2010 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
7 Ari Gröndahl R 2011 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
8 Joonas Rönnberg L 2010 Vantaamarker, Finlandmarker
16 Kristian Näkyvä L 2011 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
22 Rami Alanko R 2011 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
25 Branislav Mezei L 2010 Nitramarker, Czechoslovakiamarker
30 Petri Kokko L 2011 Oulumarker, Finlandmarker
47 Ville Lajunen R 2010 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker

Number Player Shoots Position Contract Length Place of Birth
13 Toni Häppölä L F 2009 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
14 Petri Lammassaari R W 2010 Eurajokimarker, Finlandmarker
15 Patrik Lostedt L W 2010 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
17 Juuso Puustinen R W 2010 Kuopiomarker, Finlandmarker
18 Erkki Rajamäki L RW 2009 Vantaamarker, Finlandmarker
23 Jarkko Immonen L C 2011 Espoomarker, Finlandmarker
24 Jani Lajunen L F 2011 Espoomarker, Finlandmarker
27 Roope Ranta R F 2010 Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
28 Tomi Ståhlhammar L F 2010 Turkumarker, Finlandmarker
29 Joonas Nättinen R C 2011 Jämsämarker, Finlandmarker
40 Jaakko Uhlbäck L LW 2010 Kuopiomarker, Finlandmarker
41 Stefan Öhman L C 2011 Örnsköldsvikmarker, Swedenmarker
52 Camilo Miettinen L F 2010 Medellínmarker, Colombiamarker
57 Tomi Sallinen L F 2010 Espoomarker, Finlandmarker
71 Sami Blomqvist L F 2010 Örnsköldsvikmarker, Swedenmarker
80 Jere Sallinen L F 2010 Espoomarker, Finlandmarker
85 Toni Kähkönen L F 2010 Espoomarker, Finlandmarker

Team Captains (SM-liiga)

15 players have been named Captain of the team.

Head coaches (SM-liiga)

The Blues have had 18 head coaches since the teams inception.

Retired Numbers

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