Ilves

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Ilves
Ilves Logo.svg
CityTampere
LeagueLiiga
Founded1931 (1931)
Home arenaHakametsä
ColoursGreen, yellow, black
              
General managerRisto Jalo
Head coachKarri Kivi
CaptainEemeli Suomi
Affiliate(s)LeKi Lempäälä
Championships1936, 1937, 1938, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1972, 1985
Websitewww.ilves.com
Active departments of
Ilves
Football pictogram.svg Futsal pictogram.svg Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Football Futsal Ice hockey

Ilves (Finnish for "Lynx", Finnish pronunciation: [ˈilʋes]) is a Finnish ice hockey team. They play in the Liiga at the Hakametsä.

The colors of Ilves, green, yellow, and black, were taken from what was then the coat of arms of the city of Tampere.

History[edit]

With 16 championships, Ilves is the second most successful hockey team in the Finnish championship league, the Liiga, after their local rival Tappara. The club was founded in the spring of 1931, and it played its first game against Tampereen Palloilijat the next winter. In the late 1930s, Ilves won three Finnish championship titles.

After World War II, Ilves started playing its home games at the then new Koulukatu ice rink. It had another championship spree in 1945–47 when it stayed undefeated for over four years (albeit playing only 36 games during that period).

In 1954, Ilves was for the first and so far only time relegated to the second highest level of Finnish hockey but managed to return to the top tier only one year later.

The current logo was designed by Rauno Broms in 1963. In 1965, Ilves moved, along with its local rivals Tappara and KooVee, to the new Hakametsä arena, where they still play.

The last Finnish Cup competition in hockey was held in 1971. Ilves won the title and has therefore been the reigning champion since. In 1972, it also won another league championship; its 15th championship in total.

During the late 1970s, Ilves went through lean times. Finally, when Koovee, which was in no better condition, was relegated at the end of the 1979–80 season, the two clubs decided to sign an agreement of cooperation. The best players of Koovee moved to Ilves, the most notable of them being Risto Jalo.

In 1985, Ilves claimed its 16th and most recent championship. Along with Risto Jalo, the key players of that team were Raimo Helminen, Mikko Mäkelä, Ville Siren, and Jukka Tammi. Repeating this success proved difficult, however, when in the following summer four players left the team to play in the NHL.

In the late 1980s, Ilves had another brief stint of moderate success when coached by Sakari Pietilä. It finished first after the regular season in 1988 but was eliminated in the first round of playoffs. The next year it came away with a bronze medal, and finally in 1990 it reached the finals, only to lose to TPS.[citation needed]

For most of the 1990s, the club struggled with financial problems and unclear issues concerning ownership. In sports performance, the low point was in the spring of 1995, when Ilves finished last in the SM-liiga and had to fight the lower league teams SaPKo and SaiPa for their place among the elite for the next year.

Ilves managed to avoid relegation and was promptly reborn as a viable championship candidate, reaching the semifinals in 1997 and the finals a year after that.[citation needed]

The 2000s were a fairly mediocre period in Ilves history. After their bronze medal win in 2001, Ilves lost in the first round of the playoffs in six of the next seven seasons and missing the playoffs altogether in 2003. They managed to avoid relegation in 2010, 2012 and 2013.[citation needed]

Honors[edit]

SM-sarja[edit]

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) SM-sarja Aaro Kivilinna memorial award: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) SM-sarja Kanada-malja: 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1972
  • 2nd, silver medalist(s) SM-sarja Aaro Kivilinna memorial award: 1935, 1948, 1949
  • 2nd, silver medalist(s) SM-sarja Kanada-malja: 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970
  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) SM-sarja Aaro Kivilinna memorial award: 1934, 1939, 1941, 1943
  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) SM-sarja Kanada-malja: 1963, 1964, 1967, 1974, 1975

SM-liiga[edit]

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) SM-liiga Kanada-malja: 1985
  • 2nd, silver medalist(s) SM-liiga Kanada-malja: 1990, 1998
  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) SM-liiga Kanada-malja: 1983, 1989, 2001

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 22, 2017.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Finland Waltteri Urpolahti G L 20 2017 Pori, Finland
35 Finland Antti Lehtonen G L 25 2016 Jyväskylä, Finland
97 Finland Markus Ruusu G L 21 2017 Jyväskylä, Finland
6 Finland Taneli Siikaluoma D L 24 2017 Muhos, Finland
8 Finland Valtteri Viljakainen D R 24 2017 Pori, Finland
9 Finland Olli Vainio D R 24 2015 Tampere, Finland
17 Norway Stefan Espeland D L 29 2017 Oslo, Norway
31 Finland Valtteri Ilomäki D R 21 2016 Tampere, Finland
47 Finland Arto Laatikainen D L 38 2016 Espoo, Finland
50 Finland Henry Mäntylä D L 21 2016 Vantaa, Finland
55 Finland Juuso Pulli D L 27 2017 Kouvola, Finland
57 Finland Jarkko Parikka D L 21 2015 Imatra, Finland
10 Finland Eemeli Suomi C L 22 2015 Tampere, Finland
11 Finland Joona Koppanen LW L 20 2017 Tampere, Finland
12 Finland Otto Koivula LW L 20 2015 Nokia, Finland
15 Finland Topias Haapanen LW L 20 2016 Pirkkala, Finland
18 Finland Ville Meskanen RW R 23 2015 Tampere, Finland
19 Finland Teemu Rautiainen LW L 26 2014 Nurmijärvi, Finland
22 Finland Arttu Ruotsalainen C L 21 2017 Oulu, Finland
23 Finland Juho Liuksiala RW R 23 2014 Vammala, Finland
27 Finland Niko Ahoniemi RW L 22 2016 Tampere, Finland
32 Finland Joona Ikonen RW R 20 2016 Tampere, Finland
42 Finland Sami Sandell LW L 31 2013 Nokia, Finland
71 Finland Tapio Laakso C L 33 2014 Rymättylä, Finland
72 Finland Julius Valtonen RW R 23 2017 Tuusula, Finland
75 Finland Teemu Lepaus LW L 25 2017 Tampere, Finland
78 Finland Mikael Kuronen C L 26 2017 Tampere, Finland
88 Finland Juhani Tamminen C L 29 2017 Hämeenlinna, Finland


Banners commemorating championships and retired player numbers of Ilves in Tampereen jäähalli.

Honored members[edit]

Number 24 has not been officially retired, but is not in use. It was last worn by Veikko Suominen, who died during the 1978–79 season.

Coaches[edit]

Current staff[edit]

All-time head coaches[edit]

(* = interim coach)

Other sports[edit]

In addition to hockey and football, Ilves has a futsal team in Finnish league which has won the Finnish championship five times (2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011) and the cup competition twice (2006, 2010), a floorball team at second highest level and a women's ringette team. It has numerous boys' and girls' junior teams in ice hockey, soccer, floorball (boys only), and ringette (girls only), making the organization the largest sports club in Finland.

In the past, Ilves has also competed in American football, basketball, bowling, figure skating, handball, and volleyball. It has won a bronze medal in American football and a silver one in handball. Also, Ilves has won the Finnish Cup in handball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liiga Joukkue / Ilves.com" (in Finnish). www.ilves.com. Retrieved 2014-09-21.

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