Finnish Ice Hockey Association

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association (Finnish: Suomen Jääkiekkoliitto, Swedish: Finlands Ishockeyförbund) is the governing body of ice hockey in Finland.[1] In 1927, the Finnish Skating Association introduced ice hockey as part of its program and, through that organization, Finland joined the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1928. The Finnish Ice Hockey Association was formed on 20 January 1929 and featured seventeen clubs. Since the late 1980s, Finland has enjoyed a period of success on the international stage and, as of 2019, both its men's national team and women's national team are ranked third in the world by the IIHF.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Suomen Jääkiekkoliito logo.svg
Association nameFinnish Ice Hockey Association
Founded20 January 1929 (1929-01-20)
IIHF membership10 February 1928
PresidentKalervo Kummola
IIHF men's ranking3rd (2020)
IIHF women's ranking3rd (2020)

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has heavily invested in youth development to produce world class ice hockey players.[8][9][10]

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