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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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25 Aug 2015 | Aku Kestilä  (F) Kärpät OuluarrowHokki Kajaani
21 Aug 2015 | Dan Spang  (D) Kärpät OuluarrowTorpedo Nizhny Novgorod
21 Aug 2015 | Miro Hovinen  (D) Peliitat HeinolaarrowPelicans Lahti
20 Aug 2015 | Lukas Kaspar  (F) Kärpät OuluarrowHC Slovan Bratislava
League standings stage:
# Club G W L Score P
1Ilves Tampere0000:0 0
2KooKoo Kouvola0000:0 0
3HPK Hämeenlinna0000:0 0
4KalPa Kuopio0000:0 0
5Tappara Tampere0000:0 0
6Sport Vaasa0000:0 0
7Pelicans Lahti0000:0 0
8Lukko Rauma0000:0 0
9JYP Jyväskylä0000:0 0
10Porin Ässät0000:0 0
11HIFK Helsinki0000:0 0
12SaiPa Lappeenranta0000:0 0
13Espoo Blues0000:0 0
14TPS Turku0000:0 0
15Kärpät Oulu0000:0 0
Last updated: 05 Aug 2015, 08:55

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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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)
 

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)
 

Jokerit fire Tomi Lämsä

Jokerit Helsinki have fired head coach Tom Lämsä and replaced him with current assistant Tomek Valtonen. "During the autumn the club did not play according to its potential. In making this decision, we hope to give the team a boost because it has the potential to be champion," said general manager Jari Kurri. The club also announced the addition of Pasi Nurminen to the coaching staff.

(18 Dec 2013)
 

Ben Eaves retires

The American Jokerit center Ben Eaves is forced to retire. He suffers from a head injury.

Eaves was injured during last year's European Trophy after a hard check.

"I've reached the point where I can no longer play without migraines and dizziness", he tells Jokerit's web site.

(17 Aug 2013)
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