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Finnish Hockey League

Finnish Hockey League

Number of clubs
14
Year of foundation
1994
Head Office Address
Finnish Hockey League
Kumpulantie 3
Helsinki 520
Finland

League Management

General Manager
Vesa Puttonen
Marketing Manager
Arto. I. Järvelä

Regular Season Games

Per Club
52
Total
364

Competition Format

Regular Season: Double round (DR/each team plays four times against each other)
1. PO-Round: 7.-10. of DR (7. vs 10/8.vs9) plays 2 places for PO`s (Modus Bo3)
PO: 1.-6. of DR qualified directly, winners of the 1. PO-round also qualified.
QF: 1.-8., 2.-7.,...
SF: Winners of QF
F: Winners of SF
- All Series are played Bo7
- DEL is a closed shop (no play out)

Championship History

Last Five Season's Champions

2015–16 Tappara Tampere
2014–15 Kärpät Oulu
2013–14 Kärpät Oulu
2012–13 Ässät Pori
2011–12 JYP Jyväskylä

Most Winning Clubs

16 Ilves Tampere
16 Tappara Tampere
11 TPS Turku
7 IFK Helsinki
7 Kärpät Oulu
6 Jokerit Helsinki

League History

Founded in 1975 following its separation from the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, the League started with 10 teams and has gradually increased the number of teams to 14 (since the 2005-06 season). In 2008-09 the league reinstated the promotion-relegation system, which had been abandoned since 2000. With the current license system, licensees who win the second highest series (Mestis) are eligible to apply for a license in the league, given that they also fulfill other criteria (finance, region, stadium and other sports actions, junior teams and so on). The current 14 teams come from 13 different cities, giving the league nationwide exposure and a big fan base.

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Finnish Hockey League

Founded
1994
Address
Finnish Hockey League
Kumpulantie 3
Helsinki 520
Finland