HIFK (ice Hockey)
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HIFK Ice Hockey
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
Parent club(s)HIFK
Farm club(s)Jokipojat
Championships1969, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1983, 1998, 2011

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.


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.[] Players on the 1998 championship team included a number of future (and former) NHL players - including Tim Thomas, Jan ?aloun, 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.





Other awards for the club:

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


Current roster

Updated October 2020.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
28 Finland Rony Ahonen D L 34 Porvoo
87 Finland Terry And F R 23 Helsinki
45 Finland Micke-Max Åsten F L 29 Helsinki
72 Sweden Emil Bemström F R 22 Nyköping
25 United States Alex Broadhurst F L 28 Orland Park
54 Sweden Sebastian Dyk F R 28 Malmö
31 Finland Niilo Halonen G L 23 Loppi
91 Finland Elis Hede F L 20 Pori
43 Finland Rasmus Heljanko F R 21 Porvoo
51 Finland Juha Jääskä F L 23 Helsinki
4 Finland Miro Karjalainen D R 25 Vihti
19 Finland Juho Keränen F R 36 Keitele
12 Finland Otto Koivula F L 23 Nokia
10 Finland Mikko Kousa D R 33 Lahti
34 Finland Aleksi Laakso D L 31 Seinäjoki
21 Finland Ville Leskinen F R 27 Oulu
15 Finland Anton Lundell F L 19 Espoo
68 Finland Joona Luoto F L 23 Tampere
6 Finland Joonas Lyytinen D L 26 Espoo
57 Sweden Johan Motin D R 31 Karlskoga
38 Finland Wiljami Myllylä F R 20 Haapajärvi
78 Finland Niklas Nordgren F R 21 Helsinki
32 Finland Lennart Petrell F L 37 Helsinki
85 Finland Jesse Saarinen F L 36 Lahti
76 Finland Jere Sallinen F L 30 Espoo
11 Finland Niko Seppälä D L 23 Helsinki
14 Finland Antti Suomela F L 27 Espoo
18 Finland Teemu Tallberg F L 30 Helsinki
24 Finland Eero Teräväinen D L 22 Helsinki
50 Finland Frans Tuohimaa G L 30 Helsinki
44 Finland Miro Väänänen F L 22 Joensuu
8 Finland Ville Varakas D L 37 Helsinki
61 Finland Teemu Väyrynen F L 24 Joensuu
29 Finland Tobias Winberg D L 22 Helsinki

Honored members

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

NHL alumni

Other notable alumni


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

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