Harry Harkimo, the former main owner of the Jokers, refrains from commenting, but refers to 2014: “At that time, no one could know what was going on in the world.” Hartwall Arena is not subject to sanctions.
Jokers CEO of the KHL team Sami Kauhanen joined Hippos ry at the end of last year.
Former CEO Eveliina Mikkola left the Jokers last September.
HS asked Kauhanen for a comment when the Joker season in the Eastern Hockey League ends in the middle of the war in Ukraine.
“Thoughts are so confusing and caught up in the world, and right now I can’t give an interview,” Kauhanen replied to HS’s request.
Cadet school Kauhanen left for his new job with new enthusiasm.
Now there are plans to make plans for the next season, if there is one for the Jokers at KHL. Nobody knows that.
“In terms of my personal motivation, the job of CEO of Jokers feels perfect to me. Hockey is close to my heart and the Jokers even closer, ”Kauhanen said at the end of last year.
The Jokers began their eighth season at KHL in the fall.
Jokers the largest owner is 60 percent Jari Kurrito whom Harry “Hjallis” Harkimo sold its stake in May 2019.
The remaining 40 percent of the organization is owned by Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy, a mining company with a Russian background.
According to co-owner Kurr, the revenue of the nearly 20 million spending budget had already been secured before the start of the period.
“Our economy is in good shape. Our contracts will secure the start of the period financially, ”Kurri told STT.
Jokers former main owner Harkimo refrains from commenting on the situation of the Jokers.
“I’ve been commenting on Jokers for 28 years. I will not comment anymore, ”says the MP and chairman of the Movement Now party.
Harkimo, 64, acquired a majority stake in the Jokers in February 1991. He set out to reform the club vigorously towards the top of the continent.
During his time, the Jokerit won the Finnish championship five times: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2002, and the European championship three times: 1995, 1996 and 2003.
In the Russian hockey league KHL, the Jokerit has been playing since 2014.
“At that time, no one could know what was happening in the world,” Harkimo says briefly.
Harkimo divested its majority stake in Jokeri in the spring of 2018.
“The Jokers have given me a huge amount in the years I have served as president of the club. Becoming the largest and most important European club in the Nordic countries has been possible with uncompromising work and an open-minded attitude, ”Harkimo said in a press release at the time.
Jokers as a home arena Hartwall Arena is not subject to sanctions against Russia.
CEO of Arena Kimmo Kivisilta recalls that Hartwall Arena / Helsinki Hall Oy has 562 shareholders, one of which is Arena Events Oy, owned by Russian – Finnish businessmen.
Arena Events Oy is owned by Roman Rotenberg and Gennady Tymoshenko through their own companies. Arena Events Oy owns 44.98 percent of all shares in the holding company.
“According to the U.S. Sanctions Code, a company is subject to sanctions if more than 50 percent of all of its shares are owned by the sanctioned company or person,” Kivisilta informs HS.
“The U.S. Sanctions Code also mentions that only an absolute majority of shares matter whether a company is subject to sanctions or not. Voting power is therefore irrelevant, but the absolute majority of the shares held by these other 561 shareholders, Finnish companies and individuals in our company. That is why Hartwall Arena is not subject to sanctions. ”
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