Welcome to the Finnish home of hockey!
Tampere is famous for long traditions in ice hockey and passion for the sport. The first official ice hockey game was played on the ice of frozen Pyhäjärvi lake in 1928. The first synthetic ice rink in Finland was installed in Koulukatu in 1956.
Tappara and Ilves are the two most successful teams in Finland. The first indoor ice rink in Finland was built in Hakametsä in 1965, and in the same year Tampere hosted the first Ice Hockey World Championship in Finland.
After 57 years, Ice Hockey World Championship returned to Finnish Home of Hockey in May 2022 as Tampere hosted men’s World Championship. Last spring, the ice hockey hype sure enough hit new hights in Tampere as the Finland’s national team won the Championship.
The games will return to Tampere in May 2023 as the tournament will be played in Nokia Arena. The ice hockey city with tradition, Tampere honours the return of the puck in the world championship level, making it the championship of all time together with residents and the community.
Tampere is the home of Finnish ice hockey, where every hockey fan is welcome. On this page, you can find more information about hockey events in the city.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Come and see the most interesting items and stories of Finnish ice hockey and much more in Hockey Hall of Fame in Museum Center Vapriikki.
The exhibition, renewed in 2022, demonstrates the history of Finnish ice hockey from the uncertain beginning to the success of modern times. The exhibition highlights the development of the sport and its equipment, the accomplishments of the national teams, both men’s and women’s premiere leagues and the Finnish hockey heroes playing abroad.
The Hall of Fame displays the most distinguished awards, including the World Cup trophies of the Lions and the most coveted prize in the Finnish Hockey League, the Canada Bowl.
Tampere Hockey Route
Tampere is known as the cradle of Finnish ice hockey. This culture route will take through the landmarks of Finnish ice hockey history from natural ice to the brand new Nokia Arena.
Ilves and Tappara, the local ice hockey teams
In Tampere, hockey is a way of life. The local ice hockey teams Tappara and Ilves are the two most successful teams in Finland. Last season, Tappara won the Finnish championship and Ilves the bronze medal.
Join the local ice hockey atmosphere! The ongoing Finnish Championship is well worth watching.
2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
The 2022 Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Tampere and Helsinki, with Tampere as the main venue. The championship ended very favourably for Finland after the Finnish national ice hockey team won its fourth World Championship in history.
The World Cup will return to Tampere again next year, when the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championship will be held between Finland and Latvia. Tampere and Riga co-host the Championship in May 12–28, 2023.
As last year, Tampere honours the return of the puck in the world championship level, making it the championship of all time together with residents and the community.