Category: SM-Liga

KHL adds three expansion teams

KHL adds three expansion teams

After months of speculation and predictions as to where the Kontinental Hockey League will expand to, league president and CEO Alexander Medvedev has announced the expansion of three news clubs in Sochi, Tolyatti, and Helsinki. “We can speak about the entry of the Sochi club, Lada and Jokerit as a fact,” Medvedev told R-Sport. The Bolshoy Ice Dome, a site [...]

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IIHF Announces Rebirth Of The Champions Hockey League

IIHF Announces Rebirth Of The Champions Hockey League

The IIHF have announced that the Champions Hockey League, the top European club championship, will return in August 2014, with the conclusion happening in February of 2015. The first and only edition of the CHL was played with only 12 teams from the top seven leagues in Europe, with the Swiss club ZSC Lions taking home the championship. Following their [...]

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With No NHL Deal, Jeff Halpern Inks Contract With TPS

With No NHL Deal, Jeff Halpern Inks Contract With TPS

After a decent career as a depth centreman, Jeff Halpern has signed a short term contract with TPS in Finland. The deal is set to expire on October 12th. Halpern broke into the league with the Washington Capitals during the 1999-2000 season. He was never drafted but he is a Washington, DC native so being able to play for his [...]

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Former NHL Goon Trevor Gillies Joins HIFK

Former NHL Goon Trevor Gillies Joins HIFK

Trevor Gillies, goon, thug, punk. Nobody likes this guy, fans, team-mates, or opposing players. Trevor Gillies has played a whopping 57-games in 4-seasons with Anaheim and the Islanders. In those 57 games, he had a massive point-total of three, two goals and an assist. I’m surprised that punk even passed the puck, it was probably a rebound off of one [...]

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Leland Irving, Philip DeSimone Get Tryout Contracts With Jokerit

Leland Irving, Philip DeSimone Get Tryout Contracts With Jokerit

Abbotsford Heat goaltender Leland Irving and Albany Devils forward Philip DeSimone have signed tryout contracts with Finnish team Jokerit. Many people thought Irving was the goaltender of the future for Calgary after he was drafted in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. A restricted free agent last season, Irving publicly considered signing in Europe if he couldn’t get a one-way contract [...]

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Report: Sm-Liiga To Change Name To Simply “Liga”?

Report: Sm-Liiga To Change Name To Simply “Liga”?

According to Finnish website Jatkoaika.com, Finnish hockey league Sm-Liiga could end up changing the league name to simply Liga, or “League” in English. Sm-Liiga has been in operation since 1976, sticking with the same name throughout. Just recently, Ässät won their third league championship. The league currently hosts 14 teams. Just recently, former NHL prospects Colby Cohen (Providence Bruins) and Simon Gysbers (Toronto Marlies) have landed [...]

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Niklas Hagman Signs With Finnish Team Ässät

Niklas Hagman Signs With Finnish Team Ässät

Former NHL forward Niklas Hagman has signed with Finnish team Ässät in the SM-Liga. An accomplished international player, Hagman has represented Finland at three Winter Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in 2006 and bronze at 2010. He played on the Finnish team that reached the final of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, has appeared in five World Championships and twice played at the World Junior [...]

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Penguins Prospect Brad Thiessen Signs With HIFK

Penguins Prospect Brad Thiessen Signs With HIFK

Brad Thiessen, who has spent the past four seasons as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, has signed with HIFK in the SM-Liga. Thiessen signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though appeared in no games that season. After the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ended, Thiessen was among a number of players who participated [...]

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