HIFK Hockey

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HIFK (a traditional abbreviation of Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors, English: "Sporting Society Fellows, Helsinki") is a professional ice hockey team based in Helsinki, Finland that plays in the Liiga, the sport's top-level league in Finland. The team plays at Helsinki Ice Hall.

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors
Founded1897 (1897)
Home arenaHelsingin jäähalli
ColoursRed, white, dark blue
Owner(s)HIFK Ligaföreningen rf.
General managerJukka Valtanen
Head coachVille Peltonen
CaptainTeemu Tallberg
Affiliate(s)Helsingin Jääkiekkoklubi
Parent club(s)HIFK
Farm club(s)Jokipojat
Championships1969, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1983, 1998, 2011
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The club was founded in 1897 and started participating in ice hockey in 1929. Since then, HIFK has won the Finnish national championship seven times (1969, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1983, 1998, and 2011). HIFK has the highest number of audience in the Liiga and is one of the wealthiest sports clubs in Finland.

The derbies against local rivals Jokerit were often sold out and were in the later years among the fiercest in Nordic ice hockey, but are no longer played following Jokerit's withdrawal from Liiga after the 2013–14 season to join the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Following a history of even series of games, HIFK won the game total with 106–105 after a 2–1 victory in a classical outdoor game in March 2014, claiming the title of Helsinki's dominion.[1]

HIFK's general manager starting from May 1, 2008, is Jukka Valtanen. He is the successor of Pentti Matikainen, who coached Team Finland to its first hockey Olympic medal (silver) in Calgary 1988.

HIFK won the Finnish national championship in the 2010–11 season when they defeated Espoo Blues.

The championship team from 1998 is widely recognized as one of the best ever to have skated together in the top flight of Finnish ice hockey.[citation needed] Players on the 1998 championship team included a number of future (and former) NHL players – including Tim Thomas, Jan Čaloun, Johan Davidsson, Bob Halkidis, Olli Jokinen, Jere Karalahti, Jarno Kultanen, Brian Rafalski, Christian Ruuttu, Jarkko Ruutu, Kimmo Timonen and Marko Tuomainen.


One of the major influences to HIFK was the NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner Carl Brewer. Hired in 1968 as a playing coach, he advocated a North American style of play which has persisted in HIFK since. Brewer's influence on the way ice hockey is played in Finland led to his posthumous induction to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

Team informationEdit

Logos and jerseysEdit

HIFK uses a shield for their logo, with a four pointed star and text I.F.K. and year of formation 1897 on it. They wear red, white and blue colored jerseys, and have worn those colors since their beginnings. For the 1993-94 season, HIFK changed their logo to a five pointed star with text saying HIFK Hockey on it. Unpopular with fans, and HIFK wanting to modernize their brand, changed their logo again in 1996 to a red big cat on a blue circle. Commonly referred to as "petologo" (English: "beast logo") among fans. When the beast logo became HIFK's primary logo for the 1996-97 season, they reintroduced the original shield logo to become their jersey's new shoulder patches. For the 2008-09 season, HIFK made their original shield logo the primary logo once again. It would swap places with the beast logo on the jerseys, making the beast logo their new shoulder patches until 2017, when the beast logo was eliminated from the jerseys entirely.

Home arenaEdit

HIFK play their home games at Helsinki Ice Hall. The stadium opened in 1966, and seats up to 8 200 spectators. The arena was also used and shared by rival team Jokerit until 1997, when they moved to the Hartwall Arena. HIFK is well known for playing classic hard rock music during games in Helsinki Ice Hall.





Other awards for the club:

  • Harry Lindblad trophy (SM-Liiga regular season winner, since 1975): 2016


Current rosterEdit

Updated October 2020.[2]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
28   Rony Ahonen D L 35 Porvoo
87   Terry And F R 24 Helsinki
45   Micke-Max Åsten F L 30 Helsinki
72   Emil Bemström F R 23 Nyköping
25   Alex Broadhurst F L 29 Orland Park
54   Sebastian Dyk F R 29 Malmö
31   Niilo Halonen G L 23 Loppi
91   Elis Hede F L 21 Pori
43   Rasmus Heljanko F R 22 Porvoo
51   Juha Jääskä F L 24 Helsinki
4   Miro Karjalainen D R 26 Vihti
19   Juho Keränen F R 37 Keitele
12   Otto Koivula F L 23 Nokia
10   Mikko Kousa D R 34 Lahti
34   Aleksi Laakso D L 32 Seinäjoki
21   Ville Leskinen F R 28 Oulu
  Sam Jardine D L 28 2021 Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
68   Joona Luoto F L 24 Tampere
6   Joonas Lyytinen D L 27 Espoo
57   Johan Motin D R 32 Karlskoga
38   Wiljami Myllylä F R 21 Haapajärvi
78   Niklas Nordgren F R 22 Helsinki
32   Lennart Petrell F L 38 Helsinki
85   Jesse Saarinen F L 36 Lahti
76   Jere Sallinen F L 31 Espoo
11   Niko Seppälä D L 23 Helsinki
14   Antti Suomela F L 28 Espoo
18   Teemu Tallberg F L 31 Helsinki
24   Eero Teräväinen D L 23 Helsinki
50   Frans Tuohimaa G L 30 Helsinki
44   Miro Väänänen F L 23 Joensuu
8   Ville Varakas D L 38 Helsinki
61   Teemu Väyrynen F L 25 Joensuu
29   Tobias Winberg D L 23 Helsinki

Honored membersEdit

Ville Peltonen served as captain of HIFK in 2010–2014.

NHL alumniEdit

HIFK players, Stig Wetzell, Heikki Riihiranta, Matti Murto and Matti Hagman in a group picture in 1992.

Other notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "HIFK vei ikuisen Stadin herruuden (in Finnish)". Ilta-Sanomat. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.liiga.fi/fi/joukkueet/hifk/
  3. ^ "Dave Siciliano". Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Thunder Bay, Ontario. 1995. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Turchansky, Ray (September 20, 1996). "From bantam to junior in single bound". Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alberta. p. 26. 

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