Mestis

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Mestis
Mestis League Logo.png
Formerly I-Divisioona
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2000
No. of teams 13
Countries Finland Finland
Most recent champion(s) Vaasan Sport
Most titles Jukurit (4)
TV partner(s) Anvia
Related competitions SM-liiga, Suomi-sarja
Official website mestis.fi

Mestis, (from 'Mestaruussarja', 'Championship series'), is the second-highest ice hockey league in Finland.

The league was established in 2000 to replace the first division. Since 2000, Mestis has been the highest hockey league in Finland that can be reached with playing merits only; 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 league was re-opened in the 2008-09 season.

Clubs[edit]

Team City Home arena, capacity Founded Head coach
HC Keski-Uusimaa Kerava Keravan jäähalli, 1500 2008 Finland Mikael Kotkaniemi
Hokki Kajaani Kajaanin jäähalli, 2372 1968 Finland Petri Mattila
Jokipojat Joensuu Mehtimäki Ice Hall, 4800 1953 Finland Mikko Haapakoski
Jukurit Mikkeli Kalevankankaan jäähalli, 4487 1970 Finland Antti Pennanen
JYP-Akatemia Jyväskylä Synergia-areena, 4618 1974 Finland Jukka Ahvenjärvi
Kiekko-Vantaa Vantaa Valtti-areena, 3700 1994 Finland Jami Kauppi
KooKoo Kouvola Kouvolan jäähalli, 6000 1965 Finland Juha Juujärvi
LeKi Lempäälä Masku Areena, 900 1904 Finland Jarkko Glad
Peliitat Heinola Versowood Areena, 2975 1984 Finland Petri Karjalainen
SaPKo Savonlinna Talvisalon Gigantti-areena, 2833 1929 Finland Janne Sinkkonen
Vaasan Sport Vaasa Vaasa Arena, 4448 1939 Finland Pasi Räsänen
TUTO Hockey Turku Kupittaan jäähalli, 3000 1929 Finland Ismo Lehkonen

Winners[edit]

Year Champion Silver Bronze
2001 Jukurit TuTo Hermes
2002 Jukurit KooKoo KalPa
2003 Jukurit K-Vantaa KooKoo
2004 KalPa Jukurit Hermes
2005 KalPa Sport TuTo
2006 Jukurit Sport TuTo
2007 Hokki Jukurit Sport
2008 TuTo Hokki Jukurit
2009 Sport Jokipojat Hokki
2010 Jokipojat D-Team KooKoo
2011 Sport Jukurit D-Team
2012 Sport Jokipojat KooKoo
2013 Jukurit KooKoo TuTo

Defunct teams[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Mestis Official website, in Finnish

References[edit]