2016–17 Liiga season

The 2016–17 Liiga season was the 42nd season of the Liiga (formerly SM-liiga), the top level of ice hockey in Finland, since the league's formation in 1975.

2016–17 Liiga
LeagueLiiga
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2016 – April 2017
Number of teams15
TV partner(s)Nelonen
Regular season
Best recordTappara
Runners-upTPS
Season MVPMika Pyörälä
Top scorerHenrik Haapala
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPJukka Peltola
Finals championsTappara
  Runners-upKalPa
Liiga seasons

TeamsEdit

Location of teams in 2016–2017 Liiga
Team City Head coach Arena Capacity Captain
HIFK Helsinki Antti Törmänen Helsingin jäähalli 8,200 Arttu Luttinen
HPK Hämeenlinna Antti Pennanen Patria-areena 5,360 Niko Kapanen
Ilves Tampere Karri Kivi Tampereen jäähalli 7,300 Tapio Laakso
Jukurit Mikkeli Risto Dufva Kalevankankaan jäähalli 4,200 Marko Kauppinen
JYP Jyväskylä Marko Virtanen Synergia-areena 4,437 Juha-Pekka Hytönen
KalPa Kuopio Pekka Virta Niiralan monttu 5,064 Jussi Timonen
KooKoo Kouvola Petri Mattila Lumon arena 6,200 Josh Green
Kärpät Oulu Kai Suikkanen Oulun Energia Areena 6,768 Lasse Kukkonen
Lukko Rauma Juha Vuori
21 Nov 2016[1]
Kari Heikkilä
Äijänsuo Arena 5,400 Janne Niskala
Pelicans Lahti Petri Matikainen Isku Areena 5,530 Antti Erkinjuntti
SaiPa Lappeenranta Ari Santanen Kisapuisto 4,820 Ville Koho
Sport Vaasa Tomek Valtonen Vaasa Arena 4,512 Markus Kankaanperä
Tappara Tampere Jussi Tapola Tampereen jäähalli 7,300 Jukka Peltola
TPS Turku Ari-Pekka Selin HK Arena 11,820 Tomi Kallio
Ässät Pori Jyrki Aho Porin jäähalli 6,300 Matti Kuparinen

Regular seasonEdit

The top six teams advance directly to the quarter-finals, while teams placing 7th through 10th play in the wild-card round for the final two spots. The Liiga is a closed league and there is no relegation.


Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final Result
1 Tappara 60 34 10 5 11 185 129 +56 127 Advance to Quarterfinals
2 TPS 60 30 8 8 14 167 123 +44 114
3 KalPa 60 28 9 10 13 168 140 +28 112
4 JYP 60 28 9 9 14 160 123 +37 111
5 HPK 60 23 12 5 20 153 136 +17 98
6 Pelicans 60 23 8 8 21 157 150 +7 93
7 Ässät 60 24 7 4 25 128 142 −14 90 Advance to Wild-card round
8 Kärpät 60 22 9 6 23 147 136 +11 90
9 HIFK 60 22 8 5 25 138 140 −2 87
10 Ilves 60 21 6 7 26 143 146 −3 82
11 Jukurit 60 20 4 8 28 128 141 −13 76
12 Lukko 60 17 6 8 29 151 177 −26 71
13 KooKoo 60 15 7 11 27 137 173 −36 70
14 Sport 60 16 5 11 28 128 169 −41 69
15 SaiPa 60 14 5 8 33 116 181 −65 60
Source: Liiga

Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) 3-point wins 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points.

PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

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

Wild card round (best-of-three)Edit

(7) Ässät vs. (10) IlvesEdit

15 March 2017
18:30
Ässät3–2 1OT
(1–0, 0–1, 1–1, 1–0)
IlvesIsomäki Areena, Pori
Attendance: 3,645
16 March 2017
18:30
Ilves6–1
(3–0, 0–0, 3–1)
ÄssätTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 6,319
18 March 2017
17:00
Ässät0–1 1OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
IlvesIsomäki Areena, Pori
Attendance: 5,457

Ilves wins the series 2-1.

(8) Kärpät vs. (9) HIFKEdit

15 March 2017
18:30
Kärpät3–4 1OT
(2–2, 1–0, 0–1, 0–1)
HIFKOulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 5,024
16 March 2017
18:30
HIFK4–3 1OT
(0–1, 2–0, 1–2, 1–0)
KärpätHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 6,658

HIFK wins the series 2-0.

Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)Edit

(1) Tappara vs. (10) IlvesEdit

21 March 2017
18:30
Tappara3–6
(1–0, 2–5, 0–1)
IlvesTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
23 March 2017
18:30
Ilves1–2 1OT
(0–0, 0–0, 1–1, 0–1)
TapparaTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
25 March 2017
17:00
Tappara0–1 1OT
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
IlvesTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
27 March 2017
18:30
Ilves0–4
(0–1, 0–2, 0–1)
TapparaTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
29 March 2017
18:3029
Tappara2–4
(1–2, 0–0, 1–2)
IlvesTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
31 March 2017
18:30
Ilves1–2 3OT
(0–1, 0–0, 1–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
TapparaTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
1 April 2017
17:00
Tappara2–0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
IlvesTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300

Tappara wins the series 4-3.

(2) TPS vs. (9) HIFKEdit

21 March 2017
18:30
TPS4–1
(0–0, 2–1, 2–0)
HIFKGatorade Center, Turku
Attendance: 6,611
23 March 2017
18:30
HIFK3–1
(2–0, 0–1, 1–0)
TPSHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,387
25 March 2017
17:00
TPS4–1
(2–0, 1–0, 1–1)
HIFKGatorade Center, Turku
Attendance: 11,011
27 March 2017
18:30
HIFK3–2 2OT
(2–0, 0–1, 0–1, 0–0, 1–0)
TPSHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,067
29 March 2017
18:3029
TPS2–5
(2–0, 0–2, 0–3)
HIFKGatorade Center, Turku
Attendance: 8,149
31 March 2017
18:30
HIFK3–2 1OT
(1–0, 0–1, 1–1, 1–0)
TPSHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,200

HIFK wins the series 4-2.

(3) KalPa vs. (6) PelicansEdit

22 March 2017
18:30
KalPa2–1 2OT
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
PelicansNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 3,817
24 March 2017
18:30
Pelicans2–3 1OT
(1–1, 0–1, 1–0, 0–1)
KalPaIsku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,743
25 March 2017
17:00
KalPa1–2
(0–0, 1–1, 0–1)
PelicansNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 4,767
27 March 2017
18:30
Pelicans2–5
(0–1, 1–3, 1–1)
KalPaIsku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,057
29 March 2017
18:3029
KalPa6–0
(3–0, 3–0, 0–0)
PelicansNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 4,171

KalPa wins the series 4-1.

(4) JYP vs. (5) HPKEdit

22 March 2017
18:30
JYP3–2 1OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0, 1–0)
HPKSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,282
24 March 2017
18:30
HPK2–1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
JYPRitarihalli, Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 4,415
25 March 2017
17:00
JYP2–3 2OT
(2–1, 0–0, 0–1, 0–0, 0–1)
HPKSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 4,185
27 March 2017
18:30
HPK1–3
(0–0, 0–1, 1–2)
JYPRitarihalli, Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 4,071
29 March 2017
18:3029
JYP3–2 1OT
(0–0, 1–0, 1–2, 1–0)
HPKSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,392
31 March 2017
18:30
HPK5–2
(1–0, 3–1, 1–1)
JYPRitarihalli, Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,781
1 April 2017
17:00
JYP3–2
(2–0, 1–0, 0–2)
HPKSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 4,437

JYP wins the series 4-3.

Semifinals (best-of-seven)Edit

(1) Tappara vs. (9) HIFKEdit

4 April 2017
18:30
Tappara2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
HIFKTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 4,897
6 April 2017
18:30
HIFK2–5
(0–1, 0–3, 2–1)
TapparaHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,559
8 April 2017
17:00
Tappara2–3
(1–1, 1–1, 0–1)
HIFKTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
10 April 2017
18:30
HIFK0–2
(0–1, 0–0, 0–1)
TapparaHelsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,200
12 April 2017
18:30
Tappara4–3
(1–1, 0–1, 3–1)
HIFKTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 5,866

Tappara wins the series 4-1.

(3) KalPa vs. (4) JYPEdit

5 April 2017
18:30
KalPa2–0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
JYPNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 4,438
7 April 2017
18:30
JYP0–3
(0–0, 0–1, 0–2)
KalPaSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 4,437
8 April 2017
17:00
KalPa0–1
(0–1, 0–0, 0–0)
JYPNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 5,064
10 April 2017
18:30
JYP2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
KalPaSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 4,102
12 April 2017
18:30
KalPa2–0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
JYPNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 4,150
13 April 2017
18:30
JYP4–2
(1–0, 2–2, 1–0)
KalPaSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,861
15 April 2017
17:00
KalPa5–1
(2–1, 1–0, 2–0)
JYPNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 5,064

KalPa wins the series 4–3.

Bronze medal gameEdit

21 April 2017
18:30
JYP6–5 1OT
(2–2, 2–1, 1–2, 1–0)
HIFKSynergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,916

Finals (best-of-seven)Edit

18 April 2017
18:30
Tappara2–3
(1–1, 0–1, 1–1)
KalPaTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 6,162
20 April 2017
18:30
KalPa3–2
(0–1, 2–0, 1–1)
TapparaNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 5,064
22 April 2017
17:00
Tappara2–1
(0–0, 1–0, 1–1)
KalPaTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
24 April 2017
18:30
KalPa2–5
(0–1, 2–3, 0–1)
TapparaNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 5,064
25 April 2017
18:30
Tappara2–1
(0–0, 1–0, 1–1)
KalPaTampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
27 April 2017
18:30
KalPa1–3
(0–0, 1–1, 0–2)
TapparaNiiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 5,064

Tappara wins the finals 4–2.

Final rankingsEdit

  Tappara
  KalPa
  JYP
4 HIFK
5 TPS
6 HPK
7 Pelicans
8 Ilves
9 Ässät
10 Kärpät
11 Jukurit
12 Lukko
13 KooKoo
14 Sport
15 SaiPa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kari Heikkilä on Lukon uusi päävalmentaja". Liiga.fi. Retrieved 13 January 2017.