Karjala Tournament

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Karjala Tournament
Peter Forsberg.jpg
Peter Forsberg representing Sweden during the 2009 tournament
Genresporting event
Inaugurated1992 (1992)

Karjala Tournament (Finnish: Karjala-turnaus), also known as Karjala Cup, is an annual ice hockey event held in Finland. The name comes from the sponsoring beer brand Karjala ("Karelia").


The tournament started in 1992 as the Sauna Cup[1] and has been part of the Euro Hockey Tour (EHT) in which Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden participate since 1996 when the name Karjala Tournament was adopted. In 1995 the tournament was played as Christmas Cup at the same time as the Izvestija Trophy tournament just before the Western-Christian Christmas causing Russia to send a reserve team for the tournament.[2]

The Karjala Tournament is usually played in early-November, around Western All Saints Day, during the first year of each EHT season, with the exception of 2001 when no tournament was played and in 2002 when two Karjala Tournaments were played during the same calendar year but were both part of different EHT seasons.


Year Winner Runner-up 3rd place 4th place
19921  CIS*  Czechoslovakia  United States  Finland
19952  Sweden  Finland  France  Czech Republic
Part of the Euro Hockey Tour
1996  Finland  Sweden  Russia  Czech Republic
1997  Sweden  Czech Republic  Russia  Finland
1998  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden
1999  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden
2000  Finland  Sweden  Russia  Czech Republic
2002 (April)3  Finland  Russia  Sweden  Czech Republic
2002 (November)4  Finland  Czech Republic  Sweden  Russia
2003  Finland  Czech Republic  Russia  Sweden
2004  Finland  Sweden  Czech Republic  Russia
2005  Finland  Sweden  Russia  Czech Republic
2006  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden  Finland
2007  Russia  Sweden  Czech Republic  Finland
2008  Russia  Czech Republic  Sweden  Finland
2009  Russia  Finland  Sweden  Czech Republic
2010  Finland  Russia  Sweden  Czech Republic
2011  Russia  Finland  Czech Republic  Sweden
2012  Czech Republic  Finland  Russia  Sweden
2013  Finland  Russia  Sweden  Czech Republic
2014  Sweden  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic
2015  Sweden  Finland  Russia  Czech Republic
2016  Russia  Czech Republic  Finland  Sweden
2017  Finland  Russia  Sweden  Canada
2018  Russia  Finland  Czech Republic  Sweden
1 In 1992, the tournament was known as Sauna Cup.
2 In 1995, the tournament was known as Christmas Cup.
3 April 2002 tournament was part of the 2001–02 Euro Hockey Tour
4 November 2002 tournament was part of the 2002–03 Euro Hockey Tour
  • Winner, runner-up and third place is determined by total standing after a round-robin style of play. If teams are tied in points, the standing is determined by won games between the tied teams.

Medal table[edit]

Pos Team Gold Silver Bronze Medals
1  Finland 12 7 1 20
2  CIS
8 6 8 22
3  Sweden 4 5 8 17
4  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
1 7 6 14
5  France 0 0 1 1
 United States 0 0 1 1
Total 25 25 25 75


  • "Statistik från tidigare säsonger" (in Swedish). Svenska Ishockeyförbundet. Archived from the original on December 5, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  • Anders Feltenmark. "Karjala Tournament 2005". Svenska Ishockeyförbundet. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  • "Karjala historia" (in Swedish). Hockeyligan.se. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  1. ^ "Sauna Cup" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 1992. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ David Schlegel (21 December 2005). "History of Euro Hockey Tour and its tournaments". EHT. Retrieved 9 November 2014.

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