Mestis (from Finnish: Mestaruussarja, meaning 'Championship series') is the second-highest men's ice hockey league in Finland. The league was established by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association in 2000 to replace the I-divisioona ('First Division'). It had initially been the highest hockey league in Finland that could be reached through playing merits alone; the SM-liiga was closed (to teams being relegated or promoted) in 2000. After the 2004–05 season, KalPa was promoted to the SM-liiga, and the Liiga was re-opened in the 2008–09 season.[1] Vaasan Sport was promoted in 2014–15,[2] KooKoo was promoted in 2015–16,[3] and Jukurit was promoted in 2016–17.[4]

Mestis
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 Mestis season
Mestis logo.svg
FormerlyI-Divisioona
SportIce hockey
Founded2000
MottoSuomen viihdyttävintä lätkää (Finland’s most entertaining hockey)
No. of teams12
Countries Finland
Most recent
champion(s)
Ketterä
Most titlesJukurit (7)
TV partner(s)Fanseat
Elisa
Nelonen Media
VeikkausTV
Promotion toLiiga
Relegation toSuomi-sarja
Related
competitions
Liiga, Suomi-sarja
Official websitemestis.fi

ClubsEdit

Team City Home arena, capacity Founded Head coach
KOOVEE   Tampere Hakametsä 2 arena, 800 1929   Juha Pajuoja
Hermes   Kokkola Kokkolan jäähalli, 4,200 1953   Antti Karhula
Hokki   Kajaani Kajaanin jäähalli, 2,372 1968   Niko Eronen
IPK   Iisalmi Kankaan jäähalli, - 1966   Jukka Niiranen
JoKP   Joensuu Mehtimäki Ice Hall, 4,800 1953   Ari Aaltonen
Ketterä   Imatra Imatra Spa Areena, 1,300 1957   Maso Lehtonen
Kiekko-Vantaa   Vantaa Trio Areena, 3,700 1994   Simo Mälkiä
Kiekko-Espoo   Espoo Espoo Metro Areena, 6,982 2018   Mikko Heiskanen
KeuPa HT   Keuruu Keuruun Jäähalli, 1,100 1995   Mikko Heiskanen
FPS   Forssa Forssa Ice Hall, 3,000 1931   Asko Rantanen
Peliitat   Heinola Versowood Areena, 2,975 1984   Marko Tuomainen
RoKi   Rovaniemi Lappi Areena, 3,500 1979   Petteri Hirvonen
SaPKo   Savonlinna Winter Salon rink, 2,833 1929   Pasi Räsänen
TUTO Hockey   Turku Marli Areena, 3,000 1929   Miika Elomo

WinnersEdit

Year Champion Silver Bronze Regular Season
Winner
2001 Jukurit TuTo Hermes TuTo
2002 Jukurit KooKoo KalPa Jukurit
2003 Jukurit K-Vantaa KooKoo Jukurit
2004 KalPa Jukurit Hermes Jukurit
2005 KalPa Sport TuTo KalPa
2006 Jukurit Sport TuTo Jukurit
2007 Hokki Jukurit Sport Sport
2008 TuTo Hokki Jukurit TuTo
2009 Sport Jokipojat Hokki Jokipojat
2010 Jokipojat D-Team KooKoo KooKoo
2011 Sport Jukurit D-Team Jukurit
2012 Sport Jokipojat KooKoo Jukurit
2013 Jukurit KooKoo TUTO Hockey Jukurit
2014 KooKoo Jukurit TUTO Hockey TUTO Hockey
2015 Jukurit KooKoo Hokki Jukurit
2016 Jukurit Hokki Jokipojat Jukurit
2017 SaPKo K-Vantaa Espoo-United SaPKo
2018 KeuPa HT TUTO Hockey SaPKo KeuPa HT
2019 Ketterä KeuPa HT TUTO Hockey Hermes

Medaltable:

team Gold Silver Bronze
Jukurit 7 4 1
Sport 3 2 1
KalPa 2 0 1
KooKoo 1 3 3
TUTO Hockey 1 2 5
Hokki 1 2 2
Jokipojat 1 2 1
KeuPa HT 1 1 0
SaPKo 1 0 1
Ketterä 1 0 0
K-Vantaa 0 2 0
JYP-Akatemia 0 1 1
Hermes 0 0 2
Espoo United 0 0 1

Past participantsEdit

Mestis timelineEdit

2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21
K-Vantaa
TuTo TUTO Hockey
Jukurit
KooKoo
Sport
FPS
Hermes
Haukat
Ahmat
UJK
Diskos D Team JYP-Akatemia
Jokipojat JoKP
KalPa
Hokki Hokki
HCK Salamat
HeKi Peliitat
SaPKo
KOOVEE
LeKi
Titaanit
RoKi
K-Laser
HCK
KeuPa HT
IPK
Espoo United
Ketterä
K-Espoo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hietanen, Heikki, ed. (8 March 2008). "SM-liigalle ja Jääkiekkoliitolle uusi yhteistyösopimus" (in Finnish). Finnish Ice Hockey Association. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  2. ^ Hakola, Tero; Sippola, Jussi (28 February 2014). "Vaasan Sport korvaa Jokerit Liigassa" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  3. ^ Seppänen, Antti (1 October 2014). "KooKoo Hockey Oy:n lisenssianomus Liigaan hyväksytty" (in Finnish). Liiga. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  4. ^ Pärnänen, Antti (10 September 2015). "Mikkelin Jukurit nousee Liigaan!" (in Finnish). Liiga. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Mestis Official website (in Finnish)