Hockeyettan

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Hockeyettan
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 Hockeyettan season
Swedish ice hockey division 1 logo.png
Logo of Hockeyettan, an interest group formed by clubs competing in Hockeyettan.
Formerly Division 1 (until 2014)
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1975
No. of teams 47 in 4 groups
Country  Sweden
Promotion to HockeyAllsvenskan
Relegation to Division 2
Official website www.hockeyettan.com
Not to be confused with Swedish Division I, which was the top-tier league in Sweden from 1944 to 1975.

Hockeyettan, formerly named Division 1 between 1975–2014, is the third-tier league of ice hockey in Sweden. From 1944 to 1975, Division I was the name of the highest league in the Swedish ice hockey system, but prior to the 1975–76 season, Division I was scrapped and replaced by the Elitserien (now known as the SHL), and Division 1 was created as the new second-tier league. Prior to the 1999–2000 season, Allsvenskan (now named HockeyAllsvenskan) was created as the new second-tier league, making Division 1 the third-tier league. The league was renamed "Hockeyettan" in April 2014.[1] Today, the league consists of 47 teams divided geographically into four groups (Hockeyettan North, East, West, and South). The teams play half a season in the four groups, after which the highest ranked teams in each group form two new groups (named Allettan), organized more broadly into Norra ("North") and Södra ("South"). In the meantime, the teams which failed to make it out of their groups from the first half-season continue playing with the remaining teams in their group.

On 19 September 2012, the clubs in the league at that time formed an interest group called Hockeyettan, which aims to promote the league in Sweden, and is also responsible for running the Hockeyettan.com website.[2][3][4] In April 2014, the league was renamed "Hockeyettan". The name is a Swedish play on words with the league's original name "Division 1"; "ettan" means "one" in English, referring to the number 1 in the original league name.[1]

Hockeyettan is organized by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA).

Promotion and relegation playoff format[edit]

At the end of the season, the lowest ranked teams from the continuation groups are forced to defend their spots against four challengers from Division 2 in the Hockeyettan qualifier (Swedish: Kvalserien till Hockeyettan) for their region, a double round-robin tournament. The Allettan winners go directly to the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier (Swedish: Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan), which determines promotion to the second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan. The Allettan teams ranked 2–5, as well as the top two teams from the continuation groups, play a playoff to determine which teams will also join the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier. The playoffs consists of three rounds—PlayOff 1, 2, and 3—with each playoff team starting in PlayOff 1. In PlayOff 1, teams are matched up based on their ranking in their spring section, but in subsequent rounds, match-ups are determined by random draw.[5]

Each playoff series is a best-of-three, with the better-ranked team receiving home-ice advantage, i.e. two home games, if necessary to determine a winner of the series. The two surviving teams after Round 3 play the two Allettan winners and the two lowest-ranked teams from that season of HockeyAllsvenskan in the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier, a double round-robin tournament, with the top four teams in that tournament qualifying for the following season of HockeyAllsvenskan.[5]

Participating teams[edit]

2014–15[edit]

The 2014–15 season will feature 47 teams divided into four geographical groups: Norra ("North"), Östra ("East"), Västra ("West"), and Södra ("South").[5] At the conclusion of the four initial groups in December, the top teams from each group qualify for Allettan, which consists of Allettan Norra ("North") and Allettan ("Södra") with 8 teams each, depending on the teams' geographical locations. The remaining teams in the starting groups have to continue in their starting groups ("continuation groups") after Christmas. The Allettan winners go directly to the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier. The teams ranked 2–5 in the Allettan groups, and the top two teams in the four continuation groups, play in a three-round playoff—consisting of PlayOff 1, 2, and 3—and battle for two spots in the HockeyAllsvenskan. Unlike previous seasons where group rankings affected whether a certain team started in PlayOff 1, 2 or 3, all playoff teams now start in PlayOff 1. The two teams that survive PlayOff 3 join the two Allettan winners and the two worst-ranked teams from HockeyAllsvenskan in the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier, the double round-robin tournament where the teams battle for four spots in HockeyAllsvenskan for the following season. The remaining teams from the continuation groups have to play against challengers from Division 2 in the Hockeyettan qualifiers, the double round-robin tournaments where the best teams qualify for the following season of Hockeyettan.[5]

Hockeyettan North Hockeyettan East Hockeyettan West Hockeyettan South
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Kovlands IshF
Örnsköldsviks HF
Östersunds IK
Piteå HC
SK Lejon
Sollefteå HK
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Enköpings SK HK
Hammarby IF
Haninge Anchors HC
Huddinge IK
Hudiksvalls HC
IF Vallentuna BK
Tierps HK
Värmdö HC
Väsby IK HK
Visby/Roma HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Borlänge HF
Forshaga IF
Grästorps IK
IFK Arboga IK
Kumla HC Black Bulls
Lindlövens IF
Mariestad BoIS HC
Skövde IK
Surahammars IF
Tranås AIF IF
Västerviks IK
Vimmerby HC
Halmstad HF
HC Dalen
Helsingborgs HC
IF Troja/Ljungby
IK Pantern
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nybro Vikings IF
Olofströms IK
Tingsryds AIF
Varberg Vipers

2013–14[edit]

The Swedish Ice Hockey Association released a schedule for the 2013–14 Division 1 season which merged Divisions 1A and 1B into a larger Division 1 Norra ("North"). That group consisted of 12 teams playing a double home-and-away series against each team in the group, for a total of 44 games per team. Unlike the traditional system used by the smaller groups which in January reorganized themselves into new groups based on their position in their group, the new Division 1 Norra continued playing into the spring, with relegation and playoff spots being decided directly from the new group. Reactions to this set-up were mixed, with Sollefteå HK for example suggesting that playing that many games would be strenuous for the clubs' finances, and that playing each opponent three times instead of four might have been more appropriate.[6][7] In total, the 2013–14 Division 1 season consisted of 53 teams.

Division 1 Norra Division 1C Division 1D Division 1E Division 1F
Brunflo IK
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Kovlands IshF
Piteå HC
SK Lejon
Sollefteå HK
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK HK
Falu IF
Hedemora SK
Hudiksvalls HC
Lindlövens IF
Skedvi/Säter IF
Surahammars IF
Tierps HK
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Gnesta IK
Hammarby IF
Huddinge IK
IFK Tumba Hockey
IF Vallentuna BK
Nacka HK
Nyköpings HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK
Forshaga IF
Grästorps IK
HC Vita Hästen
Kumla HC Black Bulls
Mariestad BoIS HC
Mjölby HC
Skövde IK
Tranås AIF IF
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK
Borås HC
Halmstad HF
Helsingborgs HC
IK Pantern
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nittorps IK
Nybro Vikings
Olofströms IK
Tingsryds AIF

Note that Botkyrka HC merged with IFK Tumba Hockey during the off-season.

2012–13[edit]

Division 1A Division 1B Division 1C Division 1D Division 1E Division 1F
Bodens HF
IF Björklöven
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Piteå HC
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Brunflo IK
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kovlands IshF
Kramfors-Alliansen
Njurunda SK
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Sollefteå HK
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK HK
Falu IF
Hedemora SK
Hudiksvalls HC
IFK Ore
Lindlövens IF
Surahammars IF
Tierps HK
Valbo HC
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Botkyrka HC
Huddinge IK
IF Vallentuna BK
Järfälla HC
Nacka HK
Nyköpings HK
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Grästorps IK
HC Vita Hästen
Kumla HC Black Bulls
IFK Arboga IK
Skövde IK
Mariestad BoIS HC
Mjölby HC
Tranås AIF IF
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK
Borås HC
Halmstad HF
Helsingborgs HC
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kungälvs IK
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nittorps IK
Nybro Vikings
Olofströms IK
IK Pantern

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Derbytätt i nya hockeyettan". Upsala Nya Tidning (in Swedish). 14 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Hockeyettan. Om Hockeyettan. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. ^ Hockeysverige.se. Här är nya hockeyettan.com. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  4. ^ Vita Hästen. Nu lanseras Hockeyettan.com. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "2014–15 Hockeyettan season format" (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.pitea-tidningen.se/sport/division-1-serierna-slas-ihop-6789018-default.aspx
  7. ^ Allehanda. 44 omgångar i nya division 1. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.

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