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Liiga

  • League status: Active
  • Administered by: Jääkiekon SM-liiga Oy
  • Head manager: Kimmo Rannisto
  • Year of start: 1975
  • WWW: http://www.liiga.fi
 

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22 Jan 2021 | Ty Rattie  (F) Did not playarrowPorin Ässät
20 Jan 2021 | Michael Spacek  (F) Tappara Tamperearrowunknown
14 Jan 2021 | Yohann Auvitu  (D) Did not playarrowIFK Helsinki
13 Jan 2021 | Eetu Laurikainen  (G) Did not playarrowHPK Hämeenlinna
League leaders |  season 2020-2021 all time stats
# Player name Pos Team GP G A P PIM +/-
1.Arttu RuotsalainenCIlves Tampere19161127810
2.Juuso VälimäkiDIlves Tampere19217192015
3.Emil BemströmRWIFK Helsinki16891722
4.Eetu LuostarinenFKalPa Kuopio1751015146
5.Michael SpacekCTappara Tampere1858134-1
6.Nick MerkleyFPorin Ässät194913332
7.Andreas BorgmanDPorin Ässät1931013263
8.Jesse PuljujärviFKärpät Oulu167512433
9.Otto KoivulaFIFK Helsinki143811101
10.Otto LeskinenDKalPa Kuopio174610103
Show all stats for season 2020-2021
League standings stage:
# Club G W W-OTL-OTL Score P
1Lukko Rauma261900797:47 57
2Pelicans Lahti261441788:67 51
3Ilves Tampere251512794:66 49
4IFK Helsinki251332788:60 47
5KooKoo Kouvola251133875:60 42
6KalPa Kuopio251213971:62 41
7Tappara Tampere251042982:71 40
8TPS Turku23936567:61 39
9Kärpät Oulu2410301158:67 36
10Porin Ässät287541278:101 35
11Sport Vaasa267431253:73 32
12SaiPa Lappeenranta258221349:67 30
13Jukurit Mikkeli268211560:90 29
14JYP Jyväskylä256131557:86 23
15HPK Hämeenlinna262371459:98 19
Last updated: 20 Jan 2021, 21:58

Regular season: all teams play 60 matches, a quadruple round robin with extra local double rounds (every team plays four matches against every other team, plus two or four extra matches against defined local opponents). Each match consists of 60 minutes regulation time, and in the event of a tie, winner is decided by a four-on-four sudden death, 5-minute overtime. Ties after overtime are decided by a shootout, where each team has three shooters in the beginning. If the game is tied after three shooters, the shootout will be decided by individual shooters against one another until one scores and the other does not.

For the 2010-11 a new addition was introduced. In January 2011, each team will play 2 games (1 home, 1 away) against the same opponent. The match-ups will be decided by a system where the bottom (14th) placed team at that time chooses its opponent 1st, followed by the 13, 12th and so on. The 7th placed team is the last one to choose an opponent. The system has been criticized by many, for reasons such as "awarding" a bad position in the table and the way the match-ups are decided, since there are worries that teams will choose their opponents from the higher profile teams and their biggest rivals to achieve maximum attendance and more income through ticket sales.

Scoring: A win in regulation time is worth three points, a win by sudden death overtime two points and loss by sudden death overtime one point. Teams will be ranked by points, and teams tied by points are ranked by goal differential. Teams tied by goal differential as well are ranked by number of goals scored.

Play-offs: The six best teams at the conclusion of regular season proceed directly to quarter-finals. Teams placing between seventh and tenth (inclusive) will play preliminary play-offs best-out-of-three - the two winners take the last two slots to quarter-finals. Starting from the season 2007-2008 all series since then are best-of-seven. Losers of the semi-finals play a bronze medal match. Teams are paired up for each round according to regular season results, so that the highest-ranking team will play against the lowest-ranking, second highest against the second lowest, and so on. Higher-ranking teams play the first match at home, then by turns away, home, away, etc. Each play-off match consists of a 60-minute regulation time which in the event of a tie is followed by extra 20-minute periods of sudden death overtime, in which the first team to score wins.

  • from 1927 to 1975: SM-sarja
  • from 1975 to 2013: SM-liiga
  • from 2013 to present: Liiga

The Liiga (formerly SM-liiga) is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland.
It was created in 1975 to replace the SM-sarja, which was fundamentally an amateur league. The SM-liiga is not directly overseen by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, but the league and association have an agreement of cooperation.
The SM-liiga formerly had a system of automatic promotion and relegation in place between itself and the Mestis, the second highest level of competition in Finland, but the automatic system was ended in 2000. The league was opened in 2005 and allowed KalPa to get a promotion. In 2009 a new system was introduced and it includes the last placed SM-liiga team facing the Mestis champion in a best of seven playout series.

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Fastest Liiga goal

Markus Nurmi of TPS needed only four seconds to score on Ässät's young goalie Rasmus Korhonen for the fastest goal ever in the Finnish top league.

The game was the Liiga debut for the 18-year-old goalie.

Fastest Liiga goals:

4 seconds: Markus Nurmi, TPS / TPS-Ässät November 28 2020
5 seconds: Jari Laiho, Lukko / Lukko-Jokerit December 6 1979
5 seconds: Esa Välioja, Tappara / Tappara-Jokerit January 31 1982
5 seconds: Seppo Ahokainen, Tappara / Ilves-Tappara December 6 1983

Source: Iitalehti

(29 Nov 2020)
 

One goal enough for HPK

HPK beat Kärpät 1-0 tonight in the sixth game of the Finnish Liiga finals. Valtteri Puustinen scored the lonely goal in the second period. The Finnish championship will now be decided in the seventh game on Saturday.

(02 May 2019)
 

Kim Hirschovits to Kärpät

Last year's Liiga top scorer Kim Hirschovits will leave Espoo Blues with immediate effect and join Kärpät Oulu. Hirschovits terminated his current contract due to unpaid salaries arising from financial problems the Blues are having and joins the champion until season's end with an option for next season. He will not be eligible for tuesday's second leg in the CHL between Kärpät and Espoo.

(02 Dec 2015)
 

New Sports Director at Ässät

Former player and Karhu-Kissat junior chief Jari Korpisalo has been chosen to replace Mika Toivola as Ässät Sports Director.

Korpisalo and Ässät has agreed to a 3-year deal starting in early January. Korpisalo played 575 games for Ässät between 1990 - 2005 and was the team's best scorer 6 times during that era. Since 2006 he had been working for his own junior team Karhu-Kissat as a junior chief.

Current Sporting Director Toivola will continue as usual until January and after year change they will sit down and decide how they shall split the work.

(06 Nov 2015)
 

Preseason games Sweden Friday August 21st

MODO Hockey-IF Björklöven 2-1, Karlskrona HK-Hamburg Freezers 5-3, Brynäs IF-Leksands IF 4-1, Asplöven-Roki 6-0, Timrå IK- Frisk Asker 5-1, Tingsryd-Troja Ljungby 2-1.

(21 Aug 2015)
 

Results preseason Friday August 14

There's been two games played today where three Swedish SHL teams and one Finnish team were involved. Here are the results.

Frölunda HC-HV71 0-4 and Luleå HF-Kärpät 0-3.

(14 Aug 2015)
 

HIFK names captain

Arttu Luttinen will he new captain of the Finnish Liiga club HIFK. Juuso Puustinen and Daniel Grillfors will wear the "A" jerseys.

(14 Aug 2015)
 

Results preseason Thursday August 13

Malmö Redhawks-Växjö Lakers 3-0, Djurgårdens IF-Skellefteå AIK 2-1, HPK-Luleå HF 3-1, Huddinge-AIK 0-4, Östersund-Timrå IK 4-3 (SO), Sparta Sarpsborg-BIK Karlskoga 1-6, Västerås-Vita Hästen 1-2 (SO), Björklöven-Asplöven 5-1.

(13 Aug 2015)
 

Swedish Preseason games Thursday August 12

There will be three preseason games for the Swedish teams today. Some interesting meetings to keep an eye on.

Djurgårdens IF - Skellefteå AIK, Malmö Redhawks - Växjö Lakers and HPK - Luleå Hockey.

(13 Aug 2015)
 

Liiga Winter Classic

There will be an outdoor game in Finnish Liiga this season. MTV reports that HIFK will play Ilves at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium December 12.

(06 Aug 2015)
20 Jan 2021JYP Jyväskylä - Porin Ässät4-3
20 Jan 2021IFK Helsinki - Kärpät Oulu4-0
20 Jan 2021Ilves Tampere - Pelicans Lahti2-6
20 Jan 2021HPK Hämeenlinna - Lukko Rauma0-6
20 Jan 2021TPS Turku - Sport Vaasa3-1
20 Jan 2021SaiPa Lappeenranta - Tappara Tampere1-6
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