SM-Liiga is the premier Ice hockey league in Finland. SM-Liiga is considered the second strongest league in Europa after the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The league is primarily home to Finish players but features players of other nationalities as well. The league feature 14 different teams:

Club name

Home city

Blues Hockey Oy


HIFK Hockey Ab


HPK-Edustusjääkiekko Ry


Ilves-Hockey Oy


Jokerit HC Oyj


JYP Jyväskylä Oy


KalPa Hockey Oy


Oulun Kärpät Oy


Rauman Lukko Oy


Lahden Pelicans Oy


Liiga-SaiPa Oy


Tamhockey Oy


HC TPS Turku Oy


HC Ässät Pori Oy


The most successful team in the league is the Ilves-Hockey Oy with 16 championships titles closely followed by Tamhockey Oy that got 15 championship titles. Both these teams come from the city of Tampere. The third most successful team is HC TPS Turku Oy with 11 titles. Fourth place is tied between two different teams from the finish capital Helsinki, Jokerit HC Oyj and HIFK Hockey Ab. Five other teams have won chapionships. Those are :

Oulun Kärpät Oy - 5 championships
HC Ässät Pori Oy – 2 Championships
HPK-Edustusjääkiekko Ry – 1 Championship
JYP Jyväskylä Oy – 1 Championship
Lahden Pelicans Oy – 1 Championship

Four teams have never won a championship title.

The team the place last each year in SM-Liiga has to play the Mestis champion (The division below) in a best of seven face off for the SM-Liiga spot. Whichever team wins plays in the SM-Liiga the next season. The loser play in the Mestis League.

The SM-liiga was founded in 1975 in attempt to improve the quality of Finnish Hockey and introduce a professional League to Finland. It took the place of SM-Sarja which had been an amateur league. The SM_Sarja was perceived has having a negative effect on finish hockey. This was due to the fact the players was amateurs which meant that the players could not devote the same amount if time to Hockey as professionals could. Looking back on it seem to have been a success since the quality of Finnish Hockey has improved dramatically since 1975.