HIFK (ice hockey)

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Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors
HIFK
HIFK-Jääkiekko.svg
City Helsinki
League SM-liiga
Founded 1897 (1897) (1928 first official match, 1945 ice-hockey section)
Home arena Helsingin jäähalli (capacity 8,200)
Colours               
Owner(s) HIFK Ligaföreningen rf.
General manager Finland Jukka Valtanen
Head coach Finland Antti Törmänen
Captain Finland Ville Peltonen
Parent club(s) Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors - HIFK
Farm club(s) HC Keski-Uusimaa (de facto)

Website
www.hifk.fi

HIFK (a traditional abbreviation of Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors) is an ice hockey team based in Helsinki, Finland. The team plays at Helsinki Ice Hall. It was founded in 1897. Since then, HIFK has won the Finnish National Championship title seven times (1969, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1983, 1998 and 2011).

The derbys against local rivals Jokerit are often sold out and are one of the fiercest in Nordic hockey.[citation needed]

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 championship title in the season of 2010-2011 against 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 (Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers), Jan Čaloun (Columbus Blue Jackets), Johan Davidsson (Anaheim Ducks), Bob Halkidis (Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings), *Olli Jokinen (Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets), *Jere Karalahti (Los Angeles Kings), Jarno Kultanen (Boston Bruins), *Brian Rafalski (New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings), Christian Ruuttu (Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks), *Jarkko Ruutu (Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks), Kimmo Timonen (Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers) and Marko Tuomainen (Los Angeles Kings).

History[edit]

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 hockey is played in Finland led to his posthumous induction to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated June 21, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
xx Finland Lankinen, KevinKevin Lankinen G L 19 2014 Helsinki, Finland
34 Finland Husso, VilleVille Husso G L 19 2010 Helsinki, Finland
xx France Auvitu, YohannYohann Auvitu D L 25 2014 Ivry-sur-Seine, France
xx Finland Honkaheimo, OttoOtto Honkaheimo D L 28 2014 Rauma, Finland
4 Finland Tarkkanen, JuhaJuha Tarkkanen D L 21 2012 Helsinki, Finland
xx Sweden Grillfors, DanielDaniel Grillfors D L 32 2014 Enköping, Sweden
43 Finland Teppo, MiihkaliMiihkali Teppo D L 21 2012 Helsinki, Finland
xx Finland Taipalus, LauriLauri Taipalus D L 26 2014 Alavus, Finland
26 Finland Söderholm, ToniToni Söderholm D L 36 2009 Kauniainen, Finland
47 Finland Salmi, JuusoJuuso Salmi D L 23 2006 Helsinki, Finland
10 Finland Ramstedt, TeemuTeemu Ramstedt C L 26 2014 Helsinki, Finland
29 Finland Leinonen, ToniToni Leinonen RW L 22 2009 Helsinki, Finland
39 Finland Luttinen, ArttuArttu Luttinen LW L 30 2012 Helsinki, Finland
71 Finland Puustinen, JuusoJuuso Puustinen RW R 26 2013 Kuopio, Finland
11 Finland Kuparinen, MattiMatti Kuparinen Injured Reserve C R 29 2013 Pori, Finland
46 Finland Nykopp, ThomasThomas Nykopp C/RW L 21 2012 Helsinki, Finland
21 Finland Partanen, MikaMika Partanen LW L 21 2012 Helsinki, Finland
xx Finland Tamminen, HenriHenri Tamminen RW R 21 2014 Espoo, Finland
xx Finland Lamberg, MattiMatti Lamberg RW R 21 2014 Kiiminki, Finland
xx Finland Rask, JoonasJoonas Rask LW R 24 2014 Savonlinna, Finland
91 United States Elkins, CoreyCorey Elkins C L 29 2012 West Bloomfield, MI, USA
xx Finland Mieho, PanuPanu Mieho LW L 19 2014 Helsinki, Finland
xx Finland Blomqvist, SamiSami Blomqvist LW L 24 2014 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
37 Finland Öfverström, JanneJanne Öfverström LW L 23 2013 Helsinki, Finland
xx Finland Leino, RobertRobert Leino C R 21 2014 Hämeenlinna, Finland
28 Finland Ikonen, JasseJasse Ikonen LW L 24 2013 Kuopio, Finland


Honored members[edit]

HIFK (in white) warm-up prior to a game vs. HPK.

NHL alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joukkue & pelaajatiedot - HIFK" (in Finnish). www.hifk.fi. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

External links[edit]