Tappara (Finnish for "Battle axe", Finnish pronunciation: ) is a Finnish professional ice hockey team playing in the Liiga. They play at Tampereen jäähalli in Tampere, Finland. The team has won 14 Finnish league championships (1959, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2003, 2016, 2017). The team continued the traditions of TBK, who won three national championships in a row in 1953, 1954 and 1955. Tappara was established in 1955 in Tampere and a major part of the players came to the newly founded team from local team Tammerfors Bollklubb, when Tappara inherited their place in the national top league. Tappara also borrowed TBK's colors for themselves and got their place in the top league. Tappara played its first official game in the same year, 1955.