Question regarding the make-up of Finnish Hockey
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07-27-2012, 08:46 AM
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Actually, the last place team in the SM-Liiga plays a best of seven serie against the Mestis champion and the winner of that serie plays in the SM-Liiga the following season. As far as I know, the SM-Liiga team always win that serie pretty easily, but our Finnish posters can probably tell you more about this.
Yes there is a promotion/relegation series in place, however it's mostly cosmetic because the gap between SM-Liiga and Mestis teams has grown so big in the 2000-2008 timespan, when SM-Liiga was closed to prevent finacial difficulties for the smaller teams. One can hope that in the future the movement between the leagues will be restored.
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