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07-26-2012, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by paul-laus View Post
I have a question that I'm hoping somebody can answer who is familiar with Finnish hockey.

I understand that all teams in the SM-Ligga have feeder teams in terms of their junior clubs. Would I be correct in assuming that the SM-Ligga teams have both an under-20 team that plays for a junior title and also feeds the parent club as well as an under-18 team that plays for that age groups title and feeds the under 20-team?Is this the same system in the 2nd division Mestis? And do other hockey nations like Sweden, Czech, and Slovakia use a similar system? Thanks for any help.
Yes, that is generally the system across Europe. Can't speak for all countries of course.

Most of the Mestis teams also have junior teams, but there are exceptions. For example JYP-Akatemia is just a feeder team for JYP to help juniors make the jump to play against men.

In Finland, all SM-liiga teams' U20 teams have an automatic spot in the U20 SM-liiga, but in the U18 nad U16 it's up for grabs for everyone.

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