Karjala cup

Karjala cup is an ice Hockey tournament that is held annually in Finland. It gets its name from the beer brand Karjala ("Karelia") that has been sponsoring this tournament since it first began back in 1996. The correct name for the tournament is the Karjala Tournament but everyone always call it the Karjala cup. The tournament first started as a part of Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) but is now an event in itself although still a part of the tour. It is considerable more well known and popular than the Euro Hockey Tour or any of the other tournaments in it. The other Euro Hockey Tour tournaments are Channel One Cup in Russia, LG Hockey Games in Sweden, and Czech Hockey Games in the Czech Republic.

The Karjala cup as well as the other Euro Hockey Tour tournaments are played by each participating nations national team consisting of the best players from that country. The tournaments in Euro Hockey Tour are however not prestigious enough to attract the biggest names and the teams playing contain less known player than those playing the world championships or the winter Olympics.

The Karjala cup have become an important tournament even though it is not nearly as prestigious as the world championships. This is due to the fact that the tournament often is seen as a dress rehearsal for the world championships and the teams involved get an indication of their chances in the world championships. The teams will of course change before the world championships are played as more players from the NHL and other pro leagues joins the teams but the teams that play Karjala cup are often seem as a framework and an indicator of what is to come. Sometimes it predicts the result well other times less well.

Below is winners and runner ups of the Karjala cup. If you ant to see how well the Karjala cup predicts the world championships you can compare the chart below with the chart on our world championship page.

Karjala Tournament winners & Runner ups

Year

Winner

Runner-up

3rd place

2011

TBD

TBD

TBD

2010

Finland

Russia

Sweden

2009

Russia

Finland

Sweden

2008

Russia

Czech Republic

Sweden

2007

Russia

Sweden

Czech Republic

2006

Russia

Czech Republic

Sweden

2005

Finland

Sweden

Russia

2004

Finland

Sweden

Czech Republic

2003

Finland

Czech Republic

Russia

02-01-01

Finland

Czech Republic

Sweden

02-02-01

Finland

Russia

Sweden

2000

Finland

Sweden

Russia

1999

Finland

Russia

Czech Republic

1998

Finland

Russia

Czech Republic

1997

Sweden

Czech Republic

Russia

1996

Finland

Sweden

Russia