Pallojussit oldtimer team has been alive already for last 30 years. So it has been long time travelling under the same name, although faces and names have changed during the times. It is always fun to go abroad and meet other old guys on the ice and see that even conditions of life are different round the world, still the game is the same and we are like same family together when skating. We have a motto that, we all have a brilliant future as hockey players but unfortunately it is 30-40 years behind us now.
About Pallojussit Oldtimers
Pallojussit 30 years on ice
Pallojussit oldtimer team has been alive already for last 30 years. So it has been long time travelling under the same name, although faces and names have changed during the times. We start to be so old boys that even some of us have went already upstairs to watch us trying to convince ourselves that it’s still worth to go on with this as long as skates wont drop off from our feet. Our official average age is now 50,1 even the youngest of our regular members is only 26. Those young guys keep sparring older ones to not to make us stopping totally on the ice while playing.
We have only 28 names in our members list right now so we have to collect every times players from our neighbour teams to join, when collecting a team to participate in some tournaments.
We have been several years now the member of Finnish Oldtimers Hockey Assosiation (FOHA) but we more like to go into totally recreational tournaments. On the other hand it look to be more and more difficult to collect teams for the tournaments, when average age of us goes higher. We still have good participation in our regular weekly hockey on sundau evenings in uusikaupunki Ice rink. Uusikaupunki is a small city at west coast of Finland 60km north from Turku. It is half way between Rauma and Turku. We actually have guys coming from Rauma skating with us in every foreign tournaments nowadays.
In the beginning at the middle of 80’s when we started by the name of Pallojussit, we only played rinkball with short sticks. Those days our backbones were not so stiff as they are now. Later we started to need longer sticks. Therefore we changed to icehockey 😊😊. On the other hand rinkball popularity went those days also down and we had continuously bad lack of goalies. We changed to play icehocey in the middle of 90’s.
We have kept always low and unofficial profile and never went to play in any series. Sometimes we still have been able to surprice and beat some lower level pro teams: It is confusing when a team made of ”no name players” can beat a proud team with some real reputation. We have enjoyed those moments a lot.
In addition to local finnish tournaments, we have played in Zell am See Austria, Füssen Germany and Zoetermeer Holland. Some of us even went to play in Himalaya India at 2013, where games took place at high altitude (3500m above sea level) The final game there by the way, was played on the ice of River Tibet 200m from the summer house of Dalai Lama. It was totally uncloudy sunny freezing Sunday morning. That was really ”once in the lifetime” experience. There we played against Indian national hockey team and Indian Army hockey team etc
Anyway it is always fun to go abroad and meet other old guys on the ice and see that even conditions of life are different round the world, still the game is the same and we are like same family together when skating. We have a motto that, we all have a brilliant future as hockey players but unfortunately it is 30-40 years behind us now.
Now we confident each others by saying that at this age everyone who still can go back to the locker room form the game without serious injuries, is the great winner. Unfortunately the time, when our skates are hanging without the use, is coming closer. Let’s have fun now, when it still is possible!!! 😊😊😊