2008–09 Elitserien season
|Duration||September 15, 2008 – February 28, 2009|
|League Champion||Färjestads BK|
|Season MVP||Jonas Gustavsson (FBK)|
|Top scorer||Per-Åge Skrøder (Modo)|
|Finals champions||Färjestads BK|
The 2008–09 Elitserien season was the 34th season of Elitserien. It began on September 15, 2008, with the regular season ending February 28, 2009. The playoffs of the 85th Swedish Championship ended on April 8, with Färjestads BK taking the championship. The season started earlier than previous seasons due to the 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Switzerland had been scheduled earlier than normal.
The match start time for Saturday matches was changed to start at 16:00 local time (UTC+1) instead of 15:00 as in previous seasons.
The top team: Färjestads BK, Linköpings HC, Frölunda HC, HV71, Luleå HF, Skellefteå AIK, Brynäs IF, and Timrå IK advanced to the playoffs. Whereas the bottom two teams advanced to the 2008-09 Kvalserien.
GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTW = Overtime Wins, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
|y – Färjestads BK||55||30||17||8||1||3||158||122||99|
|x – Linköpings HC||55||26||16||13||1||4||166||152||92|
|x – Frölunda HC||55||25||20||10||6||2||144||130||91|
|x – HV71||55||22||13||20||4||7||160||144||90|
|x – Luleå HF||55||26||20||9||0||6||149||136||87|
|x – Skellefteå AIK||55||21||22||12||5||4||149||141||80|
|x – Brynäs IF||55||21||22||12||4||2||128||140||79|
|x – Timrå IK||55||19||24||12||7||1||152||142||76|
|e – Modo Hockey||55||20||27||8||4||2||153||177||72|
|e – Djurgårdens IF||55||17||23||15||5||2||149||155||71|
|r – Rögle BK||55||18||25||12||1||7||152||178||67|
|r – Södertälje SK||55||12||28||15||5||3||122||165||56|
x – clinched playoff spot; y – clinched regular season league title; e – eliminated from playoff contention; r – play in relegation series
|2008–09 Game Log|
GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, +/– = Plus/Minus, PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Per-Åge Skrøder||Modo Hockey||55||30||29||59||+26||78|
|Fredrik Bremberg||Djurgårdens IF||53||17||40||57||−8||26|
|Linus Omark||Luleå HF||53||23||32||55||+18||66|
|Jaroslav Hlinka||Linköpings HC||54||12||43||55||+8||16|
|Niklas Sundström||Modo Hockey||49||18||35||53||+22||70|
|Johan Harju||Luleå HF||55||27||22||49||+13||30|
|Jan Hlaváč||Linköpings HC||54||25||23||48||+6||28|
|Rickard Wallin||Färjestads BK||55||18||27||45||+7||56|
After the regular season, the standard of 8 teams qualified for the playoffs.
In the first round, the highest remaining seed chose which of the four lowest remaining seeds to be matched against. In the second round, the highest remaining seed was matched against the lowest remaining seed. In each round the higher-seeded team was awarded home ice advantage. Each best-of-seven series followed a 1–1–1–2–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team played at home for games 2 and 4 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team was at home for game 1, 3 and 6 (if necessary).
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)||1||Färjestads BK||4|
- January 5, 2009 – Chris Abbott, forward with Rögle BK, scored four goals in a single game against HV71, tying the current record.
- January 31, 2009 – Johan Harju, centre with Luleå HF, scored four goals in a single against Brynäs IF, tying the current record.
- "Rögle spelar direkt i nya hallen". svt.se (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 2008-08-06. Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- "Hockeyligan LIVE HV71-FHC". Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- "Peter Forsberg". Eliteprospects.com. www.eliteprospects.com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-08-20.