Peter Forsberg representing Sweden during the 2009 tournament
The tournament started in 1992 as the Sauna Cup In 1995, the tournament was played as Christmas Cup at the same time as the Izvestija Trophy tournament, just before the Christmas holiday, causing Russia to send a reserve team to the Christmas Cup.
In 1996, the tournament was moved to early November under the sponsorship of Karjala under the name Karjala Tournament. It became part of the annual Euro Hockey Tour (EHT), in which the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden national teams compete in a series of tournaments. The event continues to be held every November, with the exception of 2001 when the tournament was pushed back to April 2002.
Final standings in each event are determined in a round-robin tournament. If teams are tied in points, the standing is determined by the result of the game between the tied teams.
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