Are only Finnish-born players allowed to play in Jr. A SM-Liiga?
There are some foreign players in juniorA, so foreign players are allowed.
Originally Posted by animal74
What would the North American equivalent of this teir be?
Finland's top juniorA league is to some extent weaker than Canadian Hockey League. Top players can move between Finnish Elite League(SM-liiga) and JR. A SM-liiga within the same organization all season long, so you rarely see the same kind of dominance in Finnish Jr. A as you see in CHL as top players usually move to play with men once they are good enough.