1931 – Ilves was founded in the Tampereen Lyseo high school. The first chairman of the club was Mr. Niilo Tammisalo.
1932 – The club’s first official ice hockey game was played on the ice of Lake Näsijärvi. Ilves was defeated 2-1 by TaPa (Tampereen Palloilijat). Reino Lahtinen scored for Ilves.
1934 – Ilves finished third, claiming the bronze medals, in the Finnish national championship.
1936 – Ilves won the Finnish ice hockey championship for the first time in club history.
1942 – Having been undefeated for 4 years, Ilves finally lost a game in Hämeenlinna as Tarmo put an end to the spectacular run of 34 consecutive wins.
1947 – Ilves won the Finnish title for the third year in a row. This was the club’s sixth national championship.
1950-1952 – The club won three consecutive Finnish championships without losing once.
1957 – The tenth national championship for Ilves.
1965 – The first Finnish indoor ice stadium, The Hakametsä Arena, was built in Tampere. The modernized Hakametsä is still the home venue of Ilves.
1970 – Ilves finished second in the championship for the third consecutive year. The team claimed a top 3 position for 9 years in a row (2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals in 1963-1970).
1972 – The club won its 15th Finnish championship. The Canadian superstar Len Lunde was Ilves’ first foreign player and also coached the team.
1976-1982 – The dry years. No medals for Ilves.
1985 – Ilves won its 16th national title, beating TPS in a thrilling best-of-five finals. The Turku team won the first two games, but Ilves came back to win the championship in what is considered the greatest comeback ever in Finnish hockey.
1990 – Ilves finished second. TPS won the finals 4 games to 2.
1998 – With no top 3 finishes in the last seven seasons, Ilves once again made the finals under the guidance of Russian coach Vladimir Jursinov jr. IFK Helsinki dominated the series and claimed the title 3 games to 0.
2001 – Ilves claimed a surprising third position in the championship.
2003 – One of the saddest seasons in club history ended. Ilves finished last in the league.
2004 – Czech coach Vaclav Sykora coached Ilves to a respectable sixth place finish.
2005 – After the bad autumn season, the line constisting of Canadian Steve Kariya, Atlanta Trashers’ Czech Patrik Stefan and Hannes Hyvönen helped Ilves to reach a seventh position.
2006 – Ilves improved its position by one, finishing sixth.
2008 – One of the greatest Ilves players, Raimo Helminen, retired. The season ended in the tight quarter finals against Kärpät Oulu.
2010 – Ilves finished last in the regular season but won the relegation series.
2011 – Ilves had an upbeat season with a young self-sufficient team. Team didn’t have much starpower, but players were committed, and believed on the playing system. Even when losing, Ilves fought back, and managed to turn many games around, sometimes even on the last minute. Ilves finished tenth on the regular season, and played against HPK Hämeenlinna on the so-called Wild-card round. Ilves swept the series 2-0, but on the quarterfinals regular season winner JYP Jyväskylä was too much for the young team. Despite few close games, JYP won Ilves in the series 4-0, and Ilves`s finished eighth on the final ranking.
2012 – Season was long and disappointing for Ilves. Unlike on the 10-11 season, Ilves never got the game going. Many youngsters didn´t evolve as players as expected, and team fell to the bottom of the league early October, and didn´t found the way to get up. Last shred of hope was lost in January, and at the end of the season team faced elimination round agains Mestis champion Vaasa Sport. Ilves won the series ralatively easily, although Sport-fans were sometimes the sixth player on the ice for their team. Head coach Juha Pajuoja was fired at the end of October, and he was replaced by Sports Director Seppo Hiitelä. After the season Ilves`s financial situation began to clear up, unfortunately the news were bad. Chairman of the board Hannu Meskanen resigned, as did CEO Ville Raunio. In the summer Ilves nominated Jari Hakovirta as new CEO, Jari Koivunen as chairman of the board, and added Vincent an Eric manngard, Markku Tuominen, and Tero Luoma to the board. Later on the summer Manngard brothers departed from the board.
2013 – The season was again a difficult one for Ilves, both on and off the ice. While the team struggled at the bottom of the league table, the club’s financial status was deemed bleak and its front office and board of directors saw a number of personnel changes. However, with the guidance of newly appointed head coach Tuomas Tuokkola, who replaced club legend Raimo Helminen late in the season, the team was able to gather some momentum heading into March. A winning streak at the end of regular season was not enough to lift Ilves from a 14th place finish, but the players showed professional determination in the relegation playoff, beating Jukurit from Mikkeli quite comfortably by 4 wins to 1 and earning a place in the top tier of Finnish hockey for the coming season. During the spring and summer Ilves introduced a handful of new player acquisitions – most notably that of Canadian centre Daniel Corso, who is expected to lead the team’s number 1 forward line. The biggest change for Ilves was however announced in July, when the news broke that Marko Sjöblom would buy Vincent Manngard’s shares and become the club’s new majority owner.