Meistriliiga (ice hockey)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Meistriliiga
Most recent season or competition:
2017–18 EML season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1934
No. of teams 4
Country  Estonia
Headquarters Tallinn, Estonia
Continent Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
HC Viking (3rd title)
Most titles Narva PSK (18 titles)
TV partner(s) Delfi TV
Official website www.eestihoki.ee/meistriliiga

The Meistriliiga (EML), also known as the Nordic Power Hokiliiga for sponsorship reasons, is the top-tier ice hockey league in Estonia. The league currently consists of four teams.[1]

History[edit]

The league was formed in the 1990–91 season. Since 1945–46, Estonian teams had participated in the Estonian SSR Championship. Prior to the country's annexation and incorporation into the Soviet Union, the Estonian Championship had been contested in interwar Estonia from 1934 to 1940.

Narva PSK has dominated the league at the outset, winning the first six championships and eight of the first 11 seasons. Since winning their first title in 1997, Tartu Kalev-Välk has been the most consistently successful team in the Meistriliiga since the league started, having won a total of nine championships. HK Stars claimed four titles in five years from 2005 to 2009.

Teams[edit]

Current Teams[edit]

Locations of the 2017–18 Meistriliiga teams
Team City Arena Capacity Founded
HC Viking Tallinn Tondiraba Ice Hall 7,700
2010
HC Vipers Tallinn Tondiraba Ice Hall 7,700
2002
Narva PSK Narva Narva Ice Hall 1,300
1976
Tartu Kalev-Välk Tartu Lõunakeskus Ice Hall 600
1994

Former Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity Founded
Estonia Junior Team Viljandi Viljandi Ice Hall
1,000
1992
HC Tallinn Tallinn Škoda Ice Hall
1,000
2016
Tallinna HK Stars Tallinn Linnahall
Unknown
2002
Tallinna KK-GMP Tallinn Škoda Ice Hall
1,000
2010
Kohtla-Järve Viru Sputnik Kohtla-Järve Kohtla-Järve Jäähall
2,000
2003
HC Panter Tallinn Škoda Arena
500
2001

Title holders[edit]

Titles by team[edit]

Titles Team Season
18 Narva PSK[A] 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2016, 2017
13 Kohtla-Järve HK Keemik[B] 1956, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989
9 Tartu Kalev-Välk[C] 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015
7 Tallinn Kalev 1934, 1937, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962
6 Dünamo Tallinn 1946, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954
4 HK Stars 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
3 Dünamo Tartu 1947, 1955, 1957
3 HC Viking[D] 2013, 2014, 2018
2 Tartu ASK 1936, 1939
2 Tallinn Ekskavaator 1963, 1966
2 Tallinn LTM 1950, 1951
2 Tallinn Talleks 1978, 1981
2 Tallinn Tempo 1965, 1968
1 Sillamäe Kalev 1982
1 HC Panter 2004
1 Tallinn Taksopark 1964
1 Tallinn Sport 1940
1 Kohtla-Järve Viru Sputnik 2010
Notes
  1. ^ Before 1999 as Narva Kreenholm, and 1999–2003 as Narva 2000.
  2. ^ 1952–1961 as Kohtla-Järve Kalev, 1961–1969 as Kohtla-Järve PK, 1969–1997 as Kohtla-Järve HK Keemik, 1997–2001 as Kohtla-Järve Central, and since 2004 as Kohtla-Järve HK Keemik.
  3. ^ 1994−2007 as Tartu Välk 494.
  4. ^ 2010−2014 as Viiking Sport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 

External links[edit]