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2015–16 Liiga
League Liiga
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 2015 – April 2016
Number of teams 15
TV partner(s) UrhoTV, Nelonen
Regular season
Best record HIFK
Runners-up Oulun Kärpät
Season MVP Kristian Kuusela
Top scorer Kristian Kuusela
Playoffs
Playoffs MVP Patrik Laine
Finals champions Tappara
  Runners-up HIFK
Liiga seasons

The 2015–16 Liiga season was the 41st season of the Liiga (formerly SM-liiga), the top level of ice hockey in Finland, since the league's formation in 1975.

Teams[]

Team City Head coach Arena Capacity Captain
Blues Espoo Jyrki Aho Barona Areena &0000000000007017.0000007,017 Jari Sailio
HIFK Helsinki Antti Törmänen Helsingin jäähalli &0000000000008200.0000008,200 Arttu Luttinen
HPK Hämeenlinna Pasi Arvonen Patria-areena &0000000000005360.0000005,360 Riku Hahl
Ilves Tampere Tuomas Toukkola Tampereen jäähalli &0000000000007300.0000007,300 Sami Sandell
JYP Jyvaskyla Jyväskylä Marko Virtanen Synergia-areena &0000000000004437.0000004,437 Tuomas Pihlman
KalPa Kuopio Pekka Virta Niiralan monttu &0000000000005064.0000005,064 Mikko Jokela
KooKoo Kouvola Petri Mattila Lumon arena &0000000000006000.0000006,000 Ari Vallin
Kärpät Oulu Lauri Marjamäki Oulun Energia Areena &0000000000006780.0000006,780 Lasse Kukkonen
Lukko Rauma Risto Dufva Äijänsuo Arena &0000000000005400.0000005,400 Ilkka Mikkola
Pelicans Lahti Petri Matikainen Isku Areena &0000000000005530.0000005,530 Antti Erkinjuntti
SaiPa Lappeenranta Pekka Tirkkonen Kisapuisto &0000000000004820.0000004,820 Ville Koho
Sport Vaasa Tomek Valtonen Vaasa Arena &0000000000004512.0000004,512 Mikko Pukka
Tappara Tampere Jussi Tapola Tampereen jäähalli &0000000000007300.0000007,300 Jukka Peltola
TPS Turku Ari-Pekka Selin HK Arena &0000000000011820.00000011,820 Tomi Kallio
Assat Ässät Pori Pekka Rautakallio Porin jäähalli &0000000000006097.0000006,097 Juha Kiilholma[1]

Regular season[]

Top six advanced straight to quarter-finals, while teams between 7th and 10th positions played wild card round for the final two spots. The Liiga is a closed series and thus there is no relegation.

Team GP W OW OL L GF GA Pts
HIFK 60 37 6 4 13 186 131 127
Oulun Kärpät 60 33 6 8 13 178 126 119
Tappara 60 26 12 8 14 177 136 110
JYP Jyväskylä 60 29 7 5 19 156 139 106
SaiPa 60 27 5 8 20 178 146 99
Lukko 60 24 9 4 23 154 132 94
HC TPS 60 23 6 9 22 150 152 90
KalPa 60 21 10 9 22 129 127 90
Lahti Pelicans 60 24 4 7 25 145 171 87
Vaasan Sport 60 20 7 9 24 153 156 83
KooKoo 60 16 10 10 24 129 159 78
Ässät 60 20 5 7 28 143 162 77
HPK 60 18 5 4 33 125 168 68
Ilves 60 16 5 5 34 124 163 63
Espoo Blues 60 13 6 8 33 108 168 59


Playoffs[]

Bracket[]

  Wild-card round (best-of-3) Quarter-finals (best-of-7) Semi-finals (best-of-7) Finals (best-of-7)
                                     
  7  TPS 2  
  10  Sport 0     1  HIFK 4  
        9  Pelicans 2    
      1  HIFK 4  
      4  JYP 2  
        2  Kärpät 4    
        7  TPS 2  
    1  HIFK 2
  3  Tappara 4
    3  Tappara 4  
    6  Lukko 1    
      2  Kärpät 3
      3  Tappara 4   Bronze medal game
    4  JYP 4    
  8  KalPa 1     5  SaiPa 2   2  Kärpät 1
9  Pelicans 2     4  JYP 0

Wild card round (best-of-three)[]

(7) TPS vs. (10) Sport[]

02016-03-12 12 March 2016
17:00
TPS 4–2
(2–2, 1–0, 1–0)
Sport HK Arena, Turku
Attendance: 4,461
02016-03-13 13 March 2016
17:00
Sport 2–5
(1–2, 1–2, 0–1)
TPS Vaasa Arena, Vaasa
Attendance: 4,093

TPS wins the series 2-0.

(8) KalPa vs. (9) Pelicans[]

02016-03-12 12 March 2016
17:00
KalPa 3–2 1OT
(2–0, 0–1, 0–1, 1–0)
Pelicans Niiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 3,021
02016-03-13 13 March 2016
17:00
Pelicans 4–1
(2–0, 0–0, 2–1)
KalPa Isku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 2,854
02016-03-15 15 March 2016
18:30
KalPa 1–2
(1–0, 0–2, 0–0)
Pelicans Niiralan monttu, Kuopio
Attendance: 3,010

Pelicans wins the series 2-1.

Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)[]

(1) HIFK vs. (9) Pelicans[]

02016-03-18 18 March 2016
18:30
HIFK 5–1
(1–0, 3–1, 1–0)
Pelicans Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,512
02016-03-19 19 March 2016
17:00
Pelicans 0–3
(0–2, 0–1, 0–0)
HIFK Isku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,707
02016-03-22 22 March 2016
18:30
HIFK 2–4
(1–2, 0–1, 1–1)
Pelicans Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,281
02016-03-24 24 March 2016
18:30
Pelicans 3–2 1OT
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0, 1–0)
HIFK Isku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 4,513
02016-03-26 26 March 2016
17:00
HIFK 2–1
(1–0, 0–1, 1–0)
Pelicans Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,574
02016-03-28 28 March 2016
17:00
Pelicans 1–2
(0–0, 1–0, 0–2)
HIFK Isku Areena, Lahti
Attendance: 5,121

HIFK wins the series 4-2.

(2) Kärpät vs. (7) TPS[]

02016-03-18 18 March 2016
18:30
Kärpät 1–2 1OT
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 0–1)
TPS Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 5,810
02016-03-19 19 March 2016
17:00
TPS 1–6
(0–3, 0–1, 1–2)
Kärpät HK Arena, Turku
Attendance: 8,726
02016-03-22 22 March 2016
18:30
Kärpät 3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
TPS Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,070
02016-03-24 24 March 2016
18:30
TPS 2–1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
Kärpät HK Arena, Turku
Attendance: 7,531
02016-03-26 26 March 2016
17:00
Kärpät 5–2
(0–0, 2–2, 3–0)
TPS Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614
02016-03-28 28 March 2016
17:00
TPS 2–3 1OT
(2–0, 0–0, 0–2, 0–1)
Kärpät HK Arena, Turku
Attendance: 9,009

Kärpät wins the series 4-2.

(3) Tappara vs. (6) Lukko[]

02016-03-18 18 March 2016
18:30
Tappara 3–0
(1–0, 0–0, 2–0)
Lukko Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 6,276
02016-03-19 19 March 2016
17:00
Lukko 5–0
(3–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Tappara Äijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,323
02016-03-22 22 March 2016
18:30
Tappara 1–0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Lukko Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 5,389
02016-03-24 24 March 2016
18:30
Lukko 1–3
(1–1, 0–1, 0–1)
Tappara Äijänsuo Arena, Rauma
Attendance: 4,475
02016-03-26 26 March 2016
17:00
Tappara 5–3
(0–1, 1–2, 4–0)
Lukko Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300

Tappara wins the series 4-1.

(4) JYP vs. (5) SaiPa[]

02016-03-18 18 March 2016
18:30
JYP 4–1
(3–0, 1–0, 0–1)
SaiPa Synergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,531
02016-03-19 19 March 2016
17:00
SaiPa 2–4
(2–1, 0–1, 0–2)
JYP Kisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,480
02016-03-22 22 March 2016
18:30
JYP 1–2
(1–0, 0–2, 0–0)
SaiPa Synergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,436
02016-03-24 24 March 2016
18:30
SaiPa 1–4
(1–2, 0–1, 0–1)
JYP Kisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,680
02016-03-26 26 March 2016
17:00
JYP 2–3
(1–1, 0–1, 1–1)
SaiPa Synergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 4,437
02016-03-28 28 March 2016
17:00
SaiPa 1–3
(1–1, 0–1, 0–1)
JYP Kisapuisto, Lappeenranta
Attendance: 4,244

JYP wins the series 4-2.

Semifinals (best-of-seven)[]

(1) HIFK vs. (4) JYP[]

02016-04-01 1 April 2016
18:30
HIFK 4–2
(1–2, 2–0, 1–0)
JYP Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,007
02016-04-02 2 April 2016
17:00
JYP 5–2
(3–0, 2–2, 0–0)
HIFK Synergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 4,324
02016-04-04 4 April 2016
18:30
HIFK 7–1
(1–0, 6–1, 0–0)
JYP Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,518
02016-04-06 6 April 2016
18:30
JYP 3–2
(3–1, 0–1, 0–0)
HIFK Synergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,833
02016-04-08 8 April 2016
18:30
HIFK 5–3
(3–0, 1–1, 1–2)
JYP Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,200
02016-04-11 11 April 2016
18:30
JYP 0–4
(0–0, 0–2, 0–2)
HIFK Synergia-areena, Jyväskylä
Attendance: 3,793

HIFK wins the series 4-2.

(2) Kärpät vs. (3) Tappara[]

02016-04-01 1 April 2016
18:30
Kärpät 1–3
(1–0, 0–1, 0–2)
Tappara Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,011
02016-04-02 2 April 2016
17:00
Tappara 4–1
(1–0, 0–1, 3–0)
Kärpät Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,044
02016-04-05 5 April 2016
18:30
Kärpät 4–1
(0–0, 3–1, 1–0)
Tappara Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,007
02016-04-07 7 April 2016
18:30
Tappara 2–3 2OT
(2–2, 0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
Kärpät Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,124
02016-04-09 9 April 2016
17:00
Kärpät 3–4 1OT
(0–1, 1–1, 2–1, 0–1)
Tappara Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614
02016-04-11 11 April 2016
18:30
Tappara 2–3 1OT
(0–0, 0–2, 2–0, 0–1)
Kärpät Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
02016-04-12 12 April 2016
18:30
Kärpät 0–2
(0–0, 0–2, 0–0)
Tappara Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 6,614

Tappara wins the series 4-3.

Bronze medal game[]

02015-04-15 15 April 2015
18:30
Kärpät 3–2
(0–1, 0–1, 3–0)
JYP Oulun Energia Areena, Oulu
Attendance: 5,112

Finals (best-of-seven)[]

02016-04-15 15 April 2016
18:30
HIFK 4–0
(2–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Tappara Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,200
02016-04-16 16 April 2016
17:00
Tappara 2–1
(0–0, 1–0, 1–1)
HIFK Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
02016-04-19 19 April 2016
18:30
HIFK 6–0
(1–0, 2–0, 3–0)
Tappara Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,200
02016-04-22 22 April 2016
18:30
Tappara 3–0
(1–0, 0–0, 2–0)
HIFK Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300
02016-04-23 23 April 2016
17:00
HIFK 1–2
(1–0, 0–1, 0–1)
Tappara Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki
Attendance: 8,200
02016-04-26 26 April 2016
18:30
Tappara 2–1
(2–1, 0–0, 0–0)
HIFK Tampere Ice Stadium, Tampere
Attendance: 7,300

Tappara wins the finals 4–2.

Final rankings[]

Gold medal icon.svg Tappara
Silver medal icon.svg HIFK
Bronze medal icon.svg Kärpät
4 JYP
5 SaiPa
6 Lukko
7 TPS
8 Pelicans
9 KalPa
10 Sport
11 KooKoo
12 Ässät
13 HPK
14 Ilves
15 Blues

References[]

External links[]

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