Peter Forsberg representing Sweden during the 2009 tournament
The tournament started in 1992 as the Sauna Cup 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.
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.
- 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.
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