2011–12 Elitserien season

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2011–12 Elitserien season
League Sweden Elitserien
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 13 September 2011 – 19 April 2012
Total attendance 2,109,819[1] (reg. season)
Average attendance 6,393[1] (reg. season)
Regular season
League Champion Luleå HF
Season MVP Jakob Silfverberg (Brynäs IF)
Top scorer Robert Rosén (AIK)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVP Jakob Silfverberg (Brynäs IF)
Finals
Finals champions Brynäs IF
  Runners-up Skellefteå AIK
SHL seasons

The 2011–12 Elitserien season was the 37th season of Elitserien. The regular season began on 13 September 2011 and ended on 6 March 2012. The following playoffs began on 10 March 2012 and ended on 19 April. Färjestad BK were the defending Swedish Champions. Brynäs IF won their first Swedish Championship title since 1999, as well as their 13th in history, after defeating Skellefteå AIK in six games.

The regular season was won by Luleå HF, for the first time since 1996, while Djurgårdens IF and Timrå IK were forced to play in the 2012 Kvalserien for survival in the highest division.

In the 2011 Kvalserien, Modo Hockey defended its Elitserien spot and Växjö Lakers qualified for Elitserien for the first time ever.

To allow for local music events as well as other ice hockey ones, this season had three mid-season breaks: the first between 8–14 November 2011, the second between 12–20 December, and the third between 5–14 February 2012. To increase interest for Elitserien, the 2011–12 season's schedule was more active: from 14–29 November 2011 and 16–31 January 2012, there were Elitserien games every day (except for two days, 20 November and 22 January). Also, in the playoffs, there were quarterfinals every day (the four quarterfinal series were split into two quarterfinals per day).[2][3][4]

A significant change in this Elitserien season is that the clubs wouldn't be fined for supporter incidents as long as the clubs correctly followed the security rules.[5]

On 17 October 2011, the Swedish Police Service decided that the police should be economically compensated for their efforts during sports events held by joint-stock companies (JSC). This mainly affected the league's two Stockholm clubs Djurgårdens IF and AIK. As a result, AIK were forced to sell forward Linus Videll to Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on 24 October 2011.[6]

Participating teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
AIK Stockholm Hovet1 8,094
Brynäs IF Gävle Läkerol Arena 8,585
Djurgårdens IF Stockholm Hovet1 8,094
Frölunda HC Gothenburg Scandinavium 12,044
Färjestad BK Karlstad Löfbergs Lila Arena 8,647
HV71 Jönköping Kinnarps Arena 7,000
Linköpings HC Linköping Cloetta Center 8,500
Luleå HF Luleå Coop Arena 6,300
Modo Hockey Örnsköldsvik Fjällräven Center 7,600
Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå Skellefteå Kraft Arena 6,001
Timrå IK Timrå E.ON Arena 6,000
Växjö Lakers Växjö Vida Arena 5,329

^ The local derby games between AIK and Djurgårdens IF were played in the Ericsson Globe, which has a capacity of 13,850 spectators.

Notable games[edit]

Head coaches of all twelve Elitserien teams, photographed in September 2011.

The first game of the season was played on 13 September 2011 between Frölunda HC and the Elitserien newcomers Växjö Lakers. The game counted as round 6 and was won by Frölunda 2–0 in front of an outsold Scandinavium, with Frölunda defenceman Christian Bäckman scoring the first goal of the season.[7]

The first Småland derby game in Elitserien history was played on 8 October 2011 between reigning regular-season champions HV71 and Växjö Lakers, at Kinnarps Arena in Jönköping.[8] In front of a sold out Kinnarps Arena—exactly 7,000 spectators—Växjö Lakers came out with a 3–2 victory in a shootout. Växjö Lakers forward Mike Iggulden scored three penalty shot goals in the game, two of them counted in the statistics.[9]

On 22 September 2011, Linköpings HC forward Mikael Håkanson played his 912th Elitserien game—regulation and playoff games included—and thus wrote history as he surpassed previous record holder Roger Åkerström. However, Skellefteå AIK wiped out Linköping in that game with a 4–0 shutout win.[10]

On 23 November 2011, Linköpings HC forward Andreas Jämtin became the most penalized player in Elitserien history. He received a penalty of five minutes for elbowing and a match penalty after a hit on Luleå HF's Daniel Mannberg to reach a total of 1088 penalty minutes, surpassing Thomas Berglund's 1083.[11][12]

Like the previous season, an outdoor game was played. It was played between HV71 and Linköpings HC (known as the E4 rivalry) on 10 December 2011, in a temporary arena at Elmia. The outdoor game was played as part of HV71 celebrating its 40th anniversary as a club. For the first time since the start of the yearly tradition of Elitserien outdoor games in 2009, the road team—this year Linköping—came out on top with a 1–0 overtime win in a tight game. 18,884 spectators attended the game, setting a new record for the most spectators at a single sports event in Jönköping; the previous record was 18,582 spectators, set at Stadsparksvallen in 1950.[13][14][15][16]

3D broadcasting[edit]

Certain chosen games were broadcast in 3D, marking the first time in history that Elitserien was broadcast in 3D.[17] The local derby game on 20 September 2011, between Stockholm rivals Djurgårdens IF and AIK at the Ericsson Globe, was the first game to have a 3D broadcast.[18] In front of a soldout Ericsson Globe, the game ended 4–2 in Djurgården's favour.[19]

Pre-game honours[edit]

As a result of the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster, where Swedish former HV71 goaltender Stefan Liv and the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team were killed, the premier round games between 13–15 September 2011 began with a one-minute silence.[20] In honour of Stefan Liv, his No. 1 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters by HV71 in Kinnarps Arena prior to HV71's home game against Timrå IK on 10 January 2012.[21]

Djurgårdens IF legend Sven Tumba died on 1 October 2011. As a result, Tumba was honoured in all Elitserien arenas that day. The biggest honours were held in Djurgården's home game against Växjö Lakers at Hovet, which was won by Djurgården 2–1.[22][23]

On January 24, 2012, former five-time Djurgården Swedish champion Charles Berglund's No. 2 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters in Hovet prior to a game against Färjestad. Djurgården won 2–1 after a shootout.[24][25][26]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

2011–12 Elitserien season GP W L OTW OTL GF GA +/– Pts
Luleå HFy 55 25 13 8 9 128 104 +24 100
Skellefteå AIKx 55 26 17 5 7 148 125 +23 95
HV71x 55 22 16 9 8 151 130 +21 92
Brynäs IFx 55 25 19 6 5 148 140 +8 92
Frölunda HCx 55 22 17 8 8 140 113 +27 90
Färjestad BKx 55 23 18 4 10 124 124 0 87
AIKx 55 19 19 8 9 146 132 +14 82
Modo Hockeyx 55 19 22 8 6 146 147 –1 79
Växjö Lakers HCe 55 18 22 8 7 124 133 –9 77
Linköpings HCe 55 17 24 7 7 120 138 –18 72
Djurgårdens IFr 55 15 23 10 7 123 144 –21 72
Timrå IKr 55 10 31 8 6 115 183 –68 52


x – clinched playoff spot; y – clinched regular season league title; e – eliminated from playoff contention; r – play in relegation series

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Updated as of the end of the regular season.[27]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Sweden Rosén, RobertRobert Rosén AIK 55 21 39 60 +22 20
Sweden Silfverberg, JakobJakob Silfverberg Brynäs IF 49 24 30 54 –2 10
Sweden Danielsson, NicklasNicklas Danielsson Modo Hockey 53 21 31 52 +26 77
Norway Skrøder, Per-ÅgePer-Åge Skrøder Modo Hockey 53 22 29 51 +21 52
Canada Holloway, BudBud Holloway Skellefteå AIK 55 21 28 49 +11 32
Sweden Gynge, RichardRichard Gynge AIK 55 28 16 44 +12 18
United States Schremp, RobRob Schremp Modo Hockey 55 19 22 41 +1 48
Norway Olimb, MathisMathis Olimb Frölunda HC 55 10 31 41 +23 34
Sweden Olausson, NiklasNiklas Olausson Luleå HF 53 8 33 41 +10 20
Finland Pyörälä, MikaMika Pyörälä Frölunda HC 53 22 18 40 +24 12

Leading goaltenders[edit]

These are the leaders in GAA among goaltenders who have played at least 40% of the team's minutes. Updated as of the end of the regular season.[28]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Denmark Andersen, FrederikFrederik Andersen Frölunda HC 39 2335:11 65 7 .941 1.67
Sweden Gustafsson, JohanJohan Gustafsson Luleå HF 29 1753:35 51 6 .930 1.74
Sweden Eriksson, JoacimJoacim Eriksson Skellefteå AIK 33 2016:14 61 3 .932 1.82
Sweden Rautio, DavidDavid Rautio Luleå HF 27 1602:44 49 4 .925 1.83
Sweden Nihlstorp, CristopherCristopher Nihlstorp Färjestad BK 45 2590:08 88 5 .923 2.04
Sweden Fasth, ViktorViktor Fasth AIK 46 2682:50 95 5 .931 2.12
Switzerland Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber Växjö Lakers HC 42 2417:16 88 4 .928 2.18
Finland Norrena, FredrikFredrik Norrena Linköpings HC 47 2698:54 104 4 .918 2.31
Sweden Wesslau, GustafGustaf Wesslau Djurgårdens IF 54 3216:41 126 2 .917 2.35
Sweden Holmqvist, JohanJohan Holmqvist Brynäs IF 28 1598:48 63 1 .917 2.36
Sweden Larsson, DanielDaniel Larsson HV71 36 2107:55 83 1 .915 2.36

Attendance[edit]

# Club Home Away Total
Total Average Total Average Total Average
1 Frölunda HC 293,499 10,482 157,508 5,833 451,007 8,200
2 Djurgårdens IF 208,535 7,723 185,907 6,639 394,442 7,171
3 HV 71 202,498 7,232 169,535 6,279 372,033 6,764
4 Linköpings HC 186,403 6,903 169,578 6,413 365,981 6,654
5 Färjestads BK 184,516 6,589 177,624 6,578 362,140 6,584
6 Brynäs IF 169,167 6,265 185,736 6,633 354,903 6,452
7 MODO Hockey 171,340 6,119 178,091 6,595 349,431 6,353
8 AIK 152,600 5,450 181,699 6,733 334,399 6,079
9 Luleå HF 144,339 5,154 169,428 6,275 313,767 5,704
10 Växjö Lakers HC 137,685 5,099 178,385 6,370 316,070 5,746
11 Skellefteå AIK 137,114 5,078 176,052 6,287 313,166 5,693
12 Timrå IK 122,123 4,523 170,176 6,077 292,299 5,314

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Playoffs[edit]

Playoff bracket[edit]

In the first round, the top-seeded team chose which of the four lowest remaining seeds to be matched against; the 2nd-seed chose any of the three remaining seeds; the 3rd-seed chose any of the two remaining seeds; and the 4th-seed was automatically matched against the remaining seed. In the second round, the highest remaining seed was matched against the lowest remaining seed, while two remaining seeds matched up against each other. In each round the higher-seeded team was awarded home ice advantage. Each best-of-seven series followed an alternating home team format: the higher-seeded team played at home for games 1 and 3 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team was at home for games 2 and 4 (plus 6 if necessary).

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1  Luleå HF 1  
7  AIK 4  
  2  Skellefteå AIK 4  
  7  AIK 3  
2  Skellefteå AIK 4
  8  Modo Hockey 2  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   2  Skellefteå AIK 2
  4  Brynäs IF 4
  3  HV71 2  
6  Färjestad BK 4  
  4  Brynäs IF 4
  6  Färjestad BK 1  
4  Brynäs IF 4
  5  Frölunda HC 2  

Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Luleå HF vs. (7) AIK[edit]

Luleå entered the playoffs as the regular-season champions for the first time since 1996, with 100 points. AIK finished the regular season as the seventh seed with 82 points. This was the second playoff series between these teams; in 1997, Luleå defeated AIK in three games to advance to the finals. In the regular season, Luleå won four of the five games against AIK, allowing no goals in either of these four games.

AIK won series 4–1


(2) Skellefteå AIK vs. (8) Modo Hockey[edit]

Skellefteå finished second in the regular season with 95 points. Modo finished eighth and managed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The teams previously met in the 1978 semifinals, where Modo were swept in two games by Skellefteå. Skellefteå won all five games against Modo in the regular season, although each game was decided by only one goal.

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–2


(3) HV71 vs. (6) Färjestad BK[edit]

HV71 finished third with 92 points and failed to make the top two spots for the first time since 2009. Färjestad finished sixth with 87 points, marking the team's worst regular season since 2000. The teams had previously faced each other six times; HV71 had only come out on top once. The most recent meeting was in the 2009 finals, when Färjestad won in five games to become the Swedish Champions.

Färjestad BK won series 4–2


(4) Brynäs IF vs. (5) Frölunda HC[edit]

Brynäs' fourth-place finish in the regular season was the team's best since 2001. Frölunda finished fifth and made their best regular season since 2009. This was the fifth playoff series between the teams; the two most recent ones had been won by Frölunda. The previous meeting occurred in 2006, when Frölunda swept Brynäs in four games to advance to the semifinals.

Brynäs IF won series 4–2


Semifinals[edit]

All times are local (UTC+2).

(2) Skellefteå AIK vs. (7) AIK[edit]

Skellefteå won four of the five regular-season meetings against AIK, only one of which was decided by more than one goal. In the playoffs, the teams had previously faced each other in the 1978 finals; Skellefteå came out on top and clinched the championship in three games that time.

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–3


(4) Brynäs IF vs. (6) Färjestad BK[edit]

Brynäs won three of the five regular-season games against Färjestad. The teams had previously met each other in the playoffs eight times; Färjestad had come out on top in the six latest occasions. The most recent meeting occurred in 2011, when Färjestad knocked Brynäs out in the quarterfinals, winning in five games.

Brynäs IF won series 4–1


Finals[edit]

(2) Skellefteå AIK vs. (4) Brynäs IF[edit]

Brynäs won three of the five regular-season games between the two teams. This was only the second playoff series between these teams. The first playoff meeting took place in the 1976 semifinals, when Brynäs defeated Skellefteå two games to zero and advanced to the finals.

Brynäs IF won series 4–2


Playoff statistics[edit]

Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

Updated as of 19 April 2012.[29]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Canada Holloway, BudBud Holloway Skellefteå AIK 19 10 13 23 +4 4
Sweden Silfverberg, JakobJakob Silfverberg Brynäs IF 17 13 7 20 +17 4
Sweden Lindström, JoakimJoakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 19 5 12 17 +1 22
Sweden Ericsson, JimmieJimmie Ericsson Skellefteå AIK 19 7 9 16 –1 38
Sweden Järnkrok, CalleCalle Järnkrok Brynäs IF 16 4 12 16 +12 12
Sweden Möller, OscarOscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 19 7 8 15 +4 8
Canada Goren, LeeLee Goren Skellefteå AIK 14 5 8 13 0 22
Canada McDonell, KentKent McDonell AIK 12 6 6 12 +9 18
France Bellemare, Pierre-ÉdouardPierre-Édouard Bellemare Skellefteå AIK 15 4 8 12 +6 12
Sweden Granström, JonathanJonathan Granström Brynäs IF 17 5 5 10 +10 30

Playoff leading goaltenders[edit]

These are the leaders in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of the end of the season.[29]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Sweden Svedberg, NiklasNiklas Svedberg Brynäs IF 13 813:36 23 4 .947 1.70
Sweden Nihlstorp, CristopherCristopher Nihlstorp Färjestad BK 7 399:51 12 1 .938 1.80
Sweden Tellqvist, MikaelMikael Tellqvist Modo Hockey 6 360:59 12 1 .946 1.99
Sweden Eriksson, JoacimJoacim Eriksson Skellefteå AIK 19 1199:52 44 1 .918 2.20
Sweden Larsson, DanielDaniel Larsson HV71 4 233:38 9 0 .914 2.31
Sweden Fasth, ViktorViktor Fasth AIK 12 752:27 35 1 .921 2.79

Elitserien awards[edit]

Guldhjälmen: Jakob Silfverberg, Brynäs IF
Guldpucken: Jakob Silfverberg, Brynäs IF
Honken Trophy: Viktor Fasth, AIK
Håkan Loob Trophy: Richard Gynge, AIK
Rookie of the Year: Johan Larsson, Brynäs IF
Playoff MVP (later renamed the Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy): Jakob Silfverberg, Brynäs IF
Guldpipan: Ulf Rönnmark

Suspensions and fines[edit]

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