The Finnish (and Nordic) ice hockey map is redrawn: Jokerit moves to KHL
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
“Jokerit to KHL 2014”: this was the biggest sports-related news in Finland summer 2013. On a well-attended press conference in Helsinki Jokerits owner Mr. Harry “Hjallis” Harkimo informed that he decided to move Jokerit from Helsinki to the Russian ice hockey league Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) season 2014/2015. KHL was established “[t]o promote the successful development of hockey in Russia and other countries in Europe and Asia” and has clubs from several European counties; example Belarus, Croatia, Latvia, Czech republic and since 2014 Finland.
The sporting and economic magnitude of Jokerits move to KHL should be borne in mind that Jokerit is one of Finland's most successful ice hockey clubs in sporting terms and one of Finland's largest ice hockey clubs in financial terms. According the Finnish journalist Kaj Kunnas at YLE Mr. Harkimos reason to move Jokerit is easy to understand: "Money, money, money." In terms of Americanization we can speak of profit-maximization à la American model (major leagues) has become a part of Finnish ice hockey.
The main problem and research task is to analyze Jokerits move to KHL considering this was a huge step away from the traditional organization of Finnish (and Nordic) ice hockey and sports in general.
Document analysis and interviews with Jokerits owner Mr. Harkimo, the chairman of the Finnish ice hockey federation Kalervo Kummola and stakeholders of Swedish ice hockey (Nordic aspect).
Americanization. The term Americanization means of tradition that American influence and culture is received/imported/forced to a country (ice hockey).
Mr. Harkimo has moved Jokerit to KHL to develop the business of European ice hockey despite the traditional organization (sport model) of Finnish and Nordic ice hockey.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ice hockey, Finland, Jokerit, KHL
Law Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject Social Sciences, Sport Science; Law
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61115DiVA: diva2:1078878
The Hockey Conference, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Kanada, 6–8 juli 2016