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2008-09 SM-Liiga season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1975
No. of teams 14
Country(ies) Finland
Most recent champion(s) JYP Jyväskylä (2008-09)
Official website

The SM-liiga is the highest professional league of ice hockey in Finland. Created in 1975 to replace the SM-sarja, that was fundamentally an amateur league, and obtained an agreement with the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, the Suomen Jääkiekkoliitto. SM stands for Suomenmestarus (meaning "Finnish Championship").

At this time, the SM-liiga counts 14 teams and has been closed in 2000 to the normal process of promotion and relegation to avoid having teams promoted or relegated without the agreement of board of the league - this is done to ensure a high level of play in the league. The board however agreed to accept the promotion of the winner of the Mestis, Finland's second highest professional league, as long as this winner meets the standards of quality set by the SM-liiga's board.

In 2005, the board welcomed back KalPa Kuopio via promotion from the Mestis, thus being truthful to their promise of letting in teams meeting their standards of quality. The team had been relegated from the SM-liiga in 1999.


Participating teams

Those are the 14 teams competing in the SM-liiga:

Past winners

The playoff winners received the Kanada-malja (Canada Cup).

SM-Liiga winners
Season Gold Silver Bronze Reg. season champion
1975-76 TPS Turku Tappara Tampere Ässät Pori  TPS Turku
1976-77 Tappara Tampere TPS Turku KOO-VEE Tampere Tappara Tampere
1977-78 Ässät Pori Tappara Tampere TPS Turku Tappara Tampere
1978-79 Tappara Tampere Ässät Pori TPS Turku Ässät Pori
1979-80 HIFK Helsinki Ässät Pori Kärpät Oulu TPS Turku
1980-81 Kärpät Oulu Tappara Tampere TPS Turku Tappara Tampere
1981-82 Tappara Tampere TPS Turku HIFK Helsinki TPS Turku
1982-83 HIFK Helsinki Jokerit Helsinki Ilves Tampere Jokerit Helsinki
1983-84 Tappara Tampere Ässät Pori Kärpät Oulu Tappara Tampere
1984-85 Ilves Tampere TPS Turku Kärpät Oulu TPS Turku
1985-86 Tappara Tampere HIFK Helsinki Kärpät Oulu Tappara Tampere
1986-87 Tappara Tampere Kärpät Oulu HIFK Helsinki Kärpät Oulu
1987-88 Tappara Tampere Lukko Rauma HIFK Helsinki Ilves Tampere
1988-89 TPS Turku JYP Jyväskylä Ilves Tampere TPS Turku
1989-90 TPS Turku Ilves Tampere Tappara Tampere TPS Turku
1990-91 TPS Turku KalPa Kuopio HPK Hämeenlinna TPS Turku
1991-92 Jokerit Helsinki JYP Jyväskylä HIFK Helsinki JYP Jyväskylä
1992-93 TPS Turku HPK Hämeenlinna JYP Jyväskylä TPS Turku
1993-94 Jokerit Helsinki TPS Turku Lukko Rauma TPS Turku
1994-95 TPS Turku Jokerit Helsinki Ässät Pori Jokerit Helsinki
1995-96 Jokerit Helsinki TPS Turku Lukko Rauma Jokerit Helsinki
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki TPS Turku HPK Hämeenlinna Jokerit Helsinki
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Ilves Tampere Jokerit Helsinki TPS Turku
1998-99 TPS Turku HIFK Helsinki HPK Hämeenlinna TPS Turku
1999-00 TPS Turku Jokerit Helsinki HPK Hämeenlinna TPS Turku
2000-01 TPS Turku Tappara Tampere Ilves Tampere Jokerit Helsinki
2001-02 Jokerit Helsinki Tappara Tampere HPK Hämeenlinna Tappara Tampere
2002-03 Tappara Tampere Kärpät Oulu HPK Hämeenlinna HPK Hämeenlinna
2003-04 Kärpät Oulu TPS Turku HIFK Helsinki TPS Turku
2004-05 Kärpät Oulu Jokerit Helsinki HPK Hämeenlinna Kärpät Oulu
2005-06 HPK Hämeenlinna Ässät Pori Kärpät Oulu Kärpät Oulu
2006-07 Kärpät Oulu Jokerit Helsinki HPK Hämeenlinna Kärpät Oulu
2007-08 Kärpät Oulu Blues Espoo Tappara Tampere Kärpät Oulu
2008-09 JYP Jyväskylä Kärpät Oulu KalPa Kuopio JYP Jyväskylä


See also

External Link

  • Official web site (in finnish)

Seasons of the SM-Liiga
1975-76 • 1976-77 • 1977-78 • 1978-79 • 1979-80 • 1980-81 • 1981-82 • 1982-83 • 1983-84 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1990-91 • 1991-92 • 1992-93 • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1995-96 • 1994-95 • 1995-96 • 1996-97 • 1997-98 • 1998-99 • 1999-00 • 2000-01 • 2001-02 • 2002-03 • 2003-04 • 2004-05 • 2005-06 • 2006-07 • 2007-08 • 2008-09 • 2009-10

Ice hockey in Finland
SM-liiga         Blues EspooHIFK HelsinkiHPK HämeenlinnaIlves TampereJokerit HelsinkiJYP JyväskyläKalPa KuopioKärpät OuluLukko RaumaPelicans LahtiSaiPa LappeenrantaTappara TampereTPS TurkuÄssät Pori
Mestis         D-Kiekko JyväskyläHeKi HeinolaHokki KajaaniJokipojat JoensuuJukurit MikkeliKiekko-VantaaKooKoo KouvolaLeKi LempääläSaPKo SavonlinnaSport VaasaTitaanit KotkaTuTo Turku
Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame
Suomen Jääkiekkoliitto
Men's Finnish National TeamWomen's Finnish National Team
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