Jokerit information in English

The sports club Jokerit ry of Helsinki celebrates its official birthday on October 10. On that same date in 1967, the constitutive meeting of the club was held and building contractor Aimo Mäkinen and painters Eino Syrjänen and Reino Vilen signed the charter. 

The sports club Jokerit ry of Helsinki celebrates its official birthday on October 10. On that same date in 1967, the constitutive meeting of the club was held and building contractor Aimo Mäkinen and painters Eino Syrjänen and Reino Vilen signed the charter. The new association was based on an existing ice hockey team, Töölön Vesa, because of the requirements in the Helsinki ice hockey activities at the time.

The general public was not informed about Jokerit until November 6, 1967 when Nya Pressen published the news about the new ice hockey club. According to Seppo Aalto, who has written the history of Jokerit, it was quite ironic that the news about Jokerit was spread on precisely that day – Swedish Day – by a newspaper in Swedish. The language question has namely been a hot potato in Helsinki ice hockey.

According to the news item, economic difficulties had forced Töölön Vesa to close down its ice hockey section, Aimo Mäkinen had settled Vesa’s debts and all former Vesa players led by star player Timo Turunen had been transferred to Jokerit, the new ice hockey club.

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