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Perspective: the League semi-final is one of the uninvited guests – which team doesn't belong?
HPK:the rise of the league of jumbo place in plenty of years in the finals to fight for a top team has been amazing, write Vesa Parviainen.HPK has had this season often cause for celebration. Last Saturday Markus Nenonen ventilation opening goal for tappara of the backpack and the Club went 4-1 victory. Tomi Jokela/All Over Press

HPK:no strong regular season, the TPS dropped to the quarter-finals and began the mighty challenge of the semi-final might blur many people's minds to the fact that such expenditure is not a club of the size of the club.

. Of course, there is still some way to go, but HPK is a Sport and pelicans the surprise of tyssättyä this season's biggest sensation.

the Other semi-final teams Kärpät, Tappara and HIFK was last season's medal teams, HPK only 12:p. The last time it was a medal in almost a decade ago, in the spring of 2010, when I got a silver.

Weasels (eur 3 million), Tappara (2,75) and HIFK (3,25) are suurseura, with the player budget are a series of the largest. HPK:n of 1.75 million is the fifth smallest. Huh go, what kind of crew it would be, if it should get 1-1,5 million confirmations already competitive configurations.

on These grounds, the title of the question to find an easy answer, but on the ice the team has shown that in sporting terms, the whole question is pointless. Yes HPK belongs in the top four, at least.


Innovative, other ball games from the coach to raise HPK:n the previous year 13. place immediately in his first season in the top-6 team, but then came the worst belly flop. Pennanen season two of the fall went to the team from the booklet, and in December 2017, HPK was a series in the table outlier.

Pennanen take disappointment forthright on in. Although the coach independent of the reasons were in the background, he estimates he's made mistakes in the team's summer training, where the focus was too much on speed.

When the season of the spring side of the tensioner despite having ended the regular season, HPK got to start training for this season in good time. the weight points were transferred to the sustainability direction, and the players are too tired to take the hard footwork, forward defence and long attack ended up with spins based on your style of play .

at the Same time individuals have raised levels. Inter alia, the names of Teemu Turunen, Jere Innale, Robert Leino, Eetu Tuulola, Petteri Nikkilä and Emil seminar will consists of presentations are embedded in the reel in the public mind.


Part of last season's difficulties may have been a head coach too great in työtaakassa, when Pennasella passed energy also the junior half and the player procurement coordination. To remedy the situation HPK hired last summer, Mika Toivola history as the first sports director. An experienced hockey man in the responsibility field covers league team but also a junior racing teams as well as HPK's player and coach of the path.

the regular season in fifth place – the same as two years ago – is the HPK's resources, a good achievement, but again it is not a hungry team enough. Although the Tappara leads semi-final series 2-1, HPK has shown itself to be a genuine threat to its seventh consecutive final.


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