Productive summer for Ilves' Kolppanen leads to improved play in 2013-14
After finishing last in the SM-Liiga in three of the past four seasons, Ilves got off to a fast start this season and is challenging for a spot in the re-christened Liiga's 10-team playoffs. While the Tampere-based club has cooled off a bit recently, a big part of the team's turnaround can be attributed to the play of 21-year-old goalie, Ville Kolppanen.
The seeds for Kolpannen's big season were set at the end of last season when he appeared in 30 games and Ilves played some of its best hockey. In 25 games this season, he is 10-10-4 with one shutout.… read more