Sara Saekkinen


Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 5-4
  • Hometown Pirkkala, Finland
  • Last Team Team Kuortane

2018-19 – Freshman

  • Appeared in 28 games
  • Finished her rookie campaign with seven points from two goals and five assists
  • Scored the first goal of her career in a 6-1 win at St. Lawrence (Oct. 27)
  • Earned the first point of her career with an assist against Colgate (Oct. 5)
  • Her longest point streak of the season was three games, with an assist at Bemidji State (Nov. 10) and an assist and goal in back-to-back games against Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 16-17)
  • Put 17 shots-on-goal
  • Blocked seven shots

Prior to Ohio State

  • Won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics with Finland
  • Took bronze at the 2017 IIHF World Women’s Championships with Finland
  • Played in three straight Under-18 IIHF World Women’s Championship tournaments with Finland (2014-2016)
  • Played for Team Kuortane from 2014-2018
  • Served as a captain on Team Kuortane from 2015-2017


  • Daughter of Sami Saekkinen and Sari Suoniemi
  • Has one sibling, Sani Saekkinen
  • Has a poodle named Toffe
  • Majoring in health and physical education
  • Favorite place on campus: OSU ice rink
  • Favorite place to eat on campus: Corelife
  • Favorite athlete: Eva Wahlstrom
  • Favorite TV show: Daily News & Sport
  • Favorite food: Makaroonilaatikko