Mestis

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Mestis
Mestis logo.svg
Formerly I-Divisioona
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2000
No. of teams 12
Countries Finland Finland
Most recent champion(s) Jukurit
Most titles Jukurit (5)
TV partner(s) Elisa, VeikkausTV
Related competitions SM-liiga, Suomi-sarja
Official website mestis.fi

Mestis (from 'Mestaruussarja', 'Championship series'), is the second-highest ice hockey league in Finland.

The league was established in 2000 to replace the first division. Since 2000, Mestis has been the highest hockey league in Finland that can be reached with playing merits only; the SM-liiga was closed (to teams being relegated or promoted) in 2000. After the 2004–05 season, KalPa was promoted to the SM-liiga, and the league was re-opened in the 2008–09 season.

Clubs[edit]

Team City Home arena, capacity Founded Head coach
Hermes Kokkola Kokkolan jäähalli, 4,200 1953 Finland Antti Karhula
Hokki Kajaani Kajaanin jäähalli, 1,400 1968 Finland Jari Laukkanen
Jokipojat Joensuu LVI-Myller Areena, 4,800 1953 Finland Ari Aaltonen
Jukurit Mikkeli Kalevankankaan jäähalli, 4,400 1970 Finland Antti Pennanen
JYP-Akatemia Jyväskylä Synergia-areena, 4,365 1974 Finland Jukka Ahvenjärvi
Kiekko-Vantaa Vantaa Trio Areena, 2,004 1994 Finland Jami Kauppi
KeuPa HT Keuruu Keuruun Jäähalli, 1,100 1995 Finland Ville Nieminen
LeKi Lempäälä Masku Areena, 800 1904 Finland Juha Juujärvi
Peliitat Heinola Versowood Areena, 2,975 1984 Finland Lauri Merikivi
Rovaniemen Kiekko Rovaniemi Lappi Areena, 3,500 1979 Finland Petteri Hirvonen
SaPKo Savonlinna Talvisalon jäähalli, 2,833 1929 Finland Pasi Räsänen
TUTO Hockey Turku Kupittaan jäähalli, 3,000 1929 Finland Ismo Lehkonen

Winners[edit]

Year Champion Silver Bronze
2001 Jukurit TuTo Hermes
2002 Jukurit KooKoo KalPa
2003 Jukurit K-Vantaa KooKoo
2004 KalPa Jukurit Hermes
2005 KalPa Sport TuTo
2006 Jukurit Sport TuTo
2007 Hokki Jukurit Sport
2008 TuTo Hokki Jukurit
2009 Sport Jokipojat Hokki
2010 Jokipojat D-Team KooKoo
2011 Sport Jukurit D-Team
2012 Sport Jokipojat KooKoo
2013 Jukurit KooKoo TuTo
2014 KooKoo Jukurit TuTo
2015 Jukurit KooKoo Hokki

Defunct teams[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Mestis Official website, in Finnish

References[edit]