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- 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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|23 Jul 2016 |||Martin Røymark (F)||Färjestads BK||Tappara Tampere|
|22 Jul 2016 |||Chad Rau (F)||SaiPa Lappeenranta||HC Red Star Kunlun|
|20 Jul 2016 |||Juuso Rajala (F)||KooKoo Kouvola||EC Bad Nauheim|
|19 Jul 2016 |||Janne Kuokkanen (F)||Kärpät Oulu||London Knights|
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
- 2015-2016: Tappara Tampere
- 2014-2015: Kärpät Oulu
- 2013-2014: Kärpät Oulu
- 2012-2013: Porin Ässät
- 2011-2012: JYP Jyväskylä
- 2010-2011: HIFK Helsinki
- 2009-2010: TPS Turku
- 2008-2009: JYP Jyväskylä
- 2007-2008: Kärpät Oulu
- 2006-2007: Kärpät Oulu
- 2005-2006: HPK Hämeenlinna
- 2004-2005: Kärpät Oulu
- 2003-2004: Kärpät Oulu
- 2002-2003: Tappara Tampere
- 2001-2002: Jokerit
- 2000-2001: TPS Turku
- 1999-2000: TPS Turku
- 1998-1999: TPS Turku
- 1997-1998: HIFK Helsinki
- 1996-1997: Jokerit
- 1995-1996: Jokerit
- 1994-1995: TPS Turku
- 1993-1994: Jokerit
- 1992-1993: TPS Turku
- 1991-1992: Jokerit
- 1990-1991: TPS Turku
- 1989-1990: TPS Turku
- 1988-1989: TPS Turku
- 1987-1988: Tappara Tampere
- 1986-1987: Tappara Tampere
- 1985-1986: Tappara Tampere
- 1984-1985: Ilves Tampere
- 1983-1984: Tappara Tampere
- 1982-1983: HIFK Helsinki
- 1981-1982: Tappara Tampere
- 1980-1981: Kärpät Oulu
- 1979-1980: HIFK Helsinki
- 1978-1979: Tappara Tampere
- 1977-1978: Porin Ässät
- 1976-1977: Tappara Tampere
- 1975-1976: TPS Turku
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.
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
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(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)
Will Rautakorpi go to Prague?
HC Lev Praha, though still uncertain to participate in KHL season 2014/2015, has already negotiated with a new head coach according to R-Sport. In case the Czech club takes part in the competition, it will be headed by Jukka Rautakorpi, who has been working with Tappara for two seasons.(03 Jun 2014)
Vydareny and Jurcina to replace injured players in Slovakia roster
Slovakian Federation announced coach Vladimir Vujtej called defenders René Vydarený (32, Hradec Kralove CZE) and Milan Jurcina (30, TPS Turku FIN) to replace injured Michal Šeršeň and Dominik Graňák. Vydareny will play his first Olympics, while Milan Jurcina will rapresent Slovakia in Olympics Games for third time after Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010.(26 Jan 2014)
- Youngest player: Filip Krivosik (18 years)
- Oldest player: Jussi Markkanen (42 years)
- Shortest player: Valtteri Viljanen (168 cm)
- Tallest player: Joe Finley (203 cm)
- Nationalities: Canada (6), Denmark (1), Estonia (1), Finland (136), France (2), Hungary (1), Italy (1), Norway (3), Russia (1), Slovakia (2), Sweden (1), USA (7)