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HIFK (a traditional abbreviation of Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors, English: "Sporting Society Comrades, 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. It was founded in 1897. 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.

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors
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CityHelsinki
LeagueLiiga
Founded1897 (1897)
Home arenaHelsingin jäähalli
ColoursRed, white, dark blue
              
Owner(s)HIFK Ligaföreningen rf.
General managerJukka Valtanen
Head coachJarno Pikkarainen
CaptainLennart Petrell
Parent club(s)HIFK
Farm club(s)Jokipojat
Championships1969, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1983, 1998, 2011
Websitehifk.fi
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The derbies against local rivals Jokerit were often sold out and were 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.

HistoryEdit

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.

HonorsEdit

SM-sarjaEdit

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Other awards for the club:

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

Current rosterEdit

(Updated 3 August 2018)[2]

Goalkeepers
# Player Catches Contract Birthplace
36   Finland Markus Ruusu L 2019 Jyväskylä, Finland
53   Finland Atte Engren L 2019+1 Rauma, Finland
Defenders
# Player Shoots Contract Birthplace
3   United States Joe Finley L 2019 Minnesota, United States
8   Finland Ville Varakas (A) L 2019 Helsinki, Finland
11   Finland Niko Seppälä L 2021 Helsinki, Finland
27   Canada Kyle Quincey L 2019 Ontario, Canada
29   Finland Tobias Winberg L 2021 Helsinki, Finland
34   Finland Aleksi Laakso L 2019+1 Seinäjoki, Finland
44   Finland Elias Ulander L 2020 Helsinki, Finland
57   Sweden Johan Motin R 2020 Karlskoga, Sweden
Attackers
# Player Shoots Position Contract Birthplace
4   Finland Iikka Kangasniemi L RW 2019+1 Oulu, Finland
14   Finland Teemu Engberg L RW 2020 Loviisa, Finland
15   Finland Anton Lundell L C 2021 Espoo, Finland
21   Finland Tommi Santala R C 2019 Helsinki, Finland
32   Finland Lennart Petrell (C) L LW/RW 2019 Helsinki, Finland
45   Finland Micke-Max Åsten L LW/RW 2021 Helsinki, Finland
51   Finland Juha Jääskä L C/W 2019 Helsinki, Finland
56   Finland Lauri Kulmala L C 2020 Porvoo, Finland
80   Finland Thomas Nykopp L C 2020 Helsinki, Finland
82   Finland Henrik Koivisto L C Try-out Kerava, Finland

Honored membersEdit

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

NHL alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HIFK vei ikuisen Stadin herruuden (in Finnish)". Ilta-Sanomat. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=38

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