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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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30 Jun 2024 | C.J. Smith  (F) JYP JyväskyläarrowBarys Astana
26 Jun 2024 | Jesse Kiiskinen  (F) Pelicans LahtiarrowHPK Hämeenlinna
23 Jun 2024 | Martin Lefebvre  (D) Porin ÄssätarrowHC Red Star Kunlun
20 Jun 2024 | Patrik Virta  (F) ERC IngolstadtarrowKärpät Oulu
League leaders |  season 2023-2024 all time stats
# Player name Pos Team GP G A P PIM +/-
1.Oula PalveCIlves Tampere602044646319
2.Jerry TurkulainenRWJYP Jyväskylä61214263183
3.Eemeli SuomiCIlves Tampere582138592217
4.Teemu TurunenLWKärpät Oulu60302757203
5.Anton LevtchiLWTappara Tampere551938572211
6.Ville KoivunenRWKärpät Oulu59223456267
7.Jori LehteräCIFK Helsinki57650563610
8.Ryan LaschRWPelicans Lahti55945541414
9.Nate SchnarrCPelicans Lahti511832502823
10.Benjamin TardifLWKooKoo Kouvola571535507410
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League standings stage:
# Club G W W-OTL-OTL Score P
1Tappara Tampere60357513200:141 124
2Ilves Tampere60337713197:144 120
3Pelicans Lahti60314817177:147 109
4Kärpät Oulu60288618174:147 106
5Jukurit Mikkeli60303720197:147 103
6IFK Helsinki602671116179:139 103
7KalPa Kuopio60256722169:156 94
8Lukko Rauma602210622157:160 92
9TPS Turku601714524150:166 84
10Sport Vaasa602151024155:174 83
11Porin Ässät601971024136:144 81
12KooKoo Kouvola601810527175:178 79
13JYP Jyväskylä60167730152:196 69
14HPK Hämeenlinna60154635111:184 59
15SaiPa Lappeenranta60510936125:231 44
Last updated: 28 Apr 2024, 19:41

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)
28 Apr 2024Tappara Tampere - Pelicans Lahti3-0
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