2013–14 Liiga season

The 2013–14 Liiga season is the 39th season of the Liiga (formerly SM-liiga), the top level of ice hockey in Finland, since the league's formation in 1975. The title was won by Kärpät who defeated Tappara in the finals.

2013–14 Liiga
LeagueLiiga
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2013 – April 2014
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)Nelonen
Regular season
Best recordKärpät
Runners-upTappara
Season MVPMichael Keränen
Top scorerVille Vahalahti
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPJuhamatti Aaltonen
Finals
ChampionsKärpät
  Runners-upTappara
Liiga seasons

This was the first season in which the league was officially known as "Liiga", having dropped the "SM" prefix. It was also the last season in the Liiga for Jokerit, which joined the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League after the season.

TeamsEdit

Team City Head coach Arena Capacity Captain
Ässät Pori Pekka Virta Porin jäähalli 6,466 Ville Uusitalo
Blues Espoo Jyrki Aho Barona Areena 7,017 Kim Hirschovits
HIFK Helsinki Raimo Summanen28.2.2014
Harri Rindell
Helsingin jäähalli 8,200 Ville Peltonen
HPK Hämeenlinna Kai Rautio 14.10.2013
Pasi Arvonen
Patria-areena 5,360 Ville Viitaluoma
Ilves Tampere Tuomas Toukkola Tampereen jäähalli 7,600 Masi Marjamäki
Jokerit Helsinki Tomi Lämsä 1.3.2014
Tomek Valtonen
Hartwall Areena 13,506 Ossi Väänänen
JYP Jyväskylä Marko Virtanen Jyväskylän jäähalli 4,500 Eric Perrin
KalPa Kuopio Jari Laukkanen 27.2.2014
Anssi Laine
Kuopion jäähalli 5,064 Jussi Timonen
Kärpät Oulu Lauri Marjamäki Oulun Energia Areena 6,614 Lasse Kukkonen
Lukko Rauma Risto Dufva Äijänsuo Arena 5,400 Otto Honkaheimo
Pelicans Lahti Hannu Aravirta Isku Areena 5,530 Tommi Paakkolanvaara
SaiPa Lappeenranta Pekka Tirkkonen Kisapuisto 4,825 Ville Koho
Tappara Tampere Jukka Rautakorpi Tampereen jäähalli 7,600 Ville Nieminen
TPS Turku Kai Suikkanen Turkuhalli 11,820 Tapio Laakso

Regular seasonEdit

Top six advanced straight to quarter-finals, while teams between 7th and 10th positions played wild card round for the final two spots. The Liiga is a closed series and thus there is no relegation.

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA +/− P
Kärpät 60 36 8 7 9 190 106 +84 131
Tappara 60 31 8 7 14 168 128 +40 116
Lukko 60 30 4 3 23 153 138 +15 101
SaiPa 60 26 9 4 21 160 134 +26 100
JYP 60 26 7 6 21 154 149 +5 98
Blues 60 28 3 3 26 137 146 -9 93
Jokerit 60 25 5 8 22 156 145 +11 93
Pelicans 60 25 6 5 24 156 156 0 92
HIFK 60 25 4 5 26 147 145 +2 88
HPK 60 22 9 3 26 140 136 +4 87
Ilves 60 24 3 6 27 143 146 -3 84
Ässät 60 16 7 5 32 134 177 -43 67
TPS 60 12 6 11 31 135 197 -62 59
KalPa 60 12 3 9 36 101 172 -71 51

PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

Wild-card round (best-of-3) Quarter-finals (best-of-7) Semi-finals (best-of-7) Finals (best-of-7)
1 Kärpät 4
10 HPK 0
1 Kärpät 4
7 Jokerit 0 4 SaiPa 1
10 HPK 2 2 Tappara 4 (Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second round)
8 Pelicans 2
1 Kärpät 4
2 Tappara 3
3 Lukko 4
8 Pelicans 2 6 Blues 3
9 HIFK 0 2 Tappara 4 Bronze medal game
3 Lukko 3
4 SaiPa 4 3 Lukko 1
5 JYP 3 4 SaiPa 0

Wild card round (best-of-three)Edit

(7) Jokerit vs. (10) HPKEdit

15 March 2014
17:00
Jokerit1–5
(0–1, 1–3, 0–1)
HPKHartwall Areena
Attendance: 5,641
16 March 2014
17:00
HPK3–2
(1–1, 1–1, 1–0)
JokeritPatria-areena
Attendance: 5,236

HPK wins the series 2-0.

(8) Pelicans vs. (9) HIFKEdit

15 March 2014
17:00
Pelicans1–0 OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
HIFKIsku Areena
Attendance: 4,172
16 March 2014
17:00
HIFK1–2 OT
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 0–1)
PelicansHelsingin jäähalli
Attendance: 5,621

Pelicans wins the series 2-0

Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)Edit

(1) Kärpät vs. (10) HPKEdit

21 March 2014
18:30
Kärpät3–1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
HPKOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,409
22 March 2014
17:00
HPK0–1
(0–0,0–1,0–0)
KärpätPatria-areena, Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 4,904
24 March 2014
18:30
Kärpät3–2 OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0, 1–0)
HPKOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,028
26 March 2014
18:30
HPK0–4
(0–2,0–1,0–1)
KärpätPatria-areena, Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,959

Kärpät wins the series 4-0

(2) Tappara vs. (8) PelicansEdit

21 March 2014
18:30
Tappara3–2
(0–0, 2–1, 1–1)
PelicansTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 5,150
22 March 2014
17:00
Pelicans2–1 OT
(0–0, 0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
TapparaIsku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,602
24 March 2014
18:30
Tappara3–1
(1–0, 2–0, 0–1)
PelicansTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 5,313
26 March 2014
18:30
Pelicans2–3
(1–0,0–2,1–1)
TapparaIsku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,304
28 March 2014
18:30
Tappara2–3
(0–1,1–1,1–1)
PelicansTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 5,029
29 March 2014
17:00
Pelicans1–2 OT
(0–1,0–0,1–0,0–1)
TapparaIsku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,078

Tappara wins the series 4-2

(3) Lukko vs (6) BluesEdit

21 March 2014
18:30
Lukko3–4 OT
(2–1, 1–1, 0–1, 0–1)
BluesÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,023
22 March 2014
17:00
Blues2–3
(2–1, 0–0, 0–2)
LukkoBarona Areena, Espoo
Attendance: 5,835
24 March 2014
18:30
Lukko3–5
(1–2, 0–2, 2–1)
BluesÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 3,604
26 March 2014
18:30
Blues4–5 OT
(0–1,3–2,1–1,0–1)
LukkoBarona Areena, Espoo
Attendance: 5,281
28 March 2014
18:30
Lukko2–1
(0–0,2–0,0–1)
BluesÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,275
29 March 2014
17:00
Blues2–1 OT
(1–0,0–1,0–0,1–0)
LukkoBarona Areena, Espoo
Attendance: 4,768
31 March 2014
18:30
Lukko3–1
(1–1,1–0,1–0)
BluesÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,003

Lukko wins the series 4–3.

(4) SaiPa vs. (5) JYPEdit

21 March 2014
18:30
SaiPa2–1
(1–1, 0–0, 1–0)
JYPKisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,825
22 March 2014
17:00
JYP3–4 OT
(1–2, 2–0, 0–1, 0–1)
SaiPaJyväskylän jäähalli, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,944
24 March 2014
18:30
SaiPa3–2
(2–0, 1–0, 0–2)
JYPKisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,825
26 March 2014
18:30
JYP2–1
(2–1,0–0,0–0)
SaiPaJyväskylän jäähalli, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,750
28 March 2014
18:30
SaiPa1–2
(1–0,0–0,1–1)
JYPKisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,825
29 March 2014
17:00
JYP5–2
(3–1, 2–0, 0–1)
SaiPaJyväskylän jäähalli, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,918
31 March 2014
18:30
SaiPa6–4
(1–1,3–2,2–1)
JYPKisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,825

SaiPa wins the series 4–3.

Semifinals (best-of-seven)Edit

(1) Kärpät vs. (4) SaiPaEdit

2 April 2014
18:30
Kärpät6–2
(3–2,1–0,2–0)
SaiPaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 5,407
4 April 2014
18:30
SaiPa1–3
(0–2,0–1,1–0)
KärpätKisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,825
5 April 2014
17:00
Kärpät0–1 OT
(0–0,0–0,0–0,0–1)
SaiPaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614
7 April 2014
18:30
SaiPa2–3
(1–0,1–1,0–2)
KärpätKisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,825
9 April 2014
18:30
Kärpät2–1 OT
(1–1,0–0,0–0,1–0)
SaiPaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,000

Kärpät wins the series 4–1.

(2) Tappara vs. (3) LukkoEdit

2 April 2014
18:30
Tappara5–2
(2–0 ,1–0 ,2–2)
LukkoTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 4,078
4 April 2014
18:30
Lukko2–3 OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0, 0–1)
TapparaÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,118
5 April 2014
17:00
Tappara0–1 OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0 ,0–1)
LukkoTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 7,600
7 April 2014
18:30
Lukko2–3 OT
(1–0, 1–2, 0–0, 0–1)
TapparaÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,003
9 April 2014
18:30
Tappara1–2 OT
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 0–1)
LukkoTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 5,642
11 April 2014
18:30
Lukko4–2
(2–1, 1–1, 1–0)
TapparaÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,066
12 April 2014
17:00
Tappara2–1
(1–1,0–0,1–0)
LukkoTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 6,013

Tappara wins the series 4–3.

Bronze medal gameEdit

14 April 2014
18:30
Lukko3–2
(0–1, 2–1, 1–0)
SaiPaÄijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,019

Finals (best-of-seven)Edit

15 April 2014
18:30
Kärpät2–1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
TapparaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,209
17 April 2014
18:30
Tappara4–3
(2–0, 1–0, 1–3)
KärpätTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 7,600
19 April 2014
17:00
Kärpät2–3
(1–1,0–1,1–1)
TapparaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614
21 April 2014
18:30
Tappara3–2 OT
(0–1,2–0,0–1,1–0)
KärpätTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 7,600
23 April 2014
18:30
Kärpät2–1
(0–0,1–1,1–0)
TapparaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614
25 April 2014
18:30
Tappara2–3
(0–2,0–0,2–1)
KärpätTampereen jäähalli, Tampere
Attendance: 7,600
26 April 2014
17:00
Kärpät1–0 OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT: 1–0)
TapparaOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614

Kärpät wins the finals 4–3.

Final rankingsEdit

  Kärpät
  Tappara
  Lukko
4 SaiPa
5 JYP
6 Blues
7 Pelicans
8 HPK
9 Jokerit
10 HIFK
11 Ilves
12 Ässät
13 TPS
14 KalPa

External linksEdit