IF Björklöven

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IF Björklöven
Bjorkloven.png
City Umeå, Sweden
League HockeyAllsvenskan
Founded May 15, 1970 (1970-05-15)
Home arena T3 Center
Colours Green, yellow
         
General manager Sweden Fredrik Grönberg
Head coach Sweden Mats Waltin
Captain Sweden Mats Lavander

Website
www.bjorkloven.com
Franchise history
1 Le Mat Trophies
26 Seasons in Sweden's highest division
3 Swedish Championship Finals appearances

IF Björklöven (often simply referred to as Björklöven or Löven) is a Swedish professional ice hockey club in Umeå, Västerbotten, in northern Sweden. The club is currently playing in the second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan as of the 2013–14 season, but has played 15 seasons in the top Swedish league Elitserien (1976–77, 1978–79 to 1988–89, 1993–94, 1998–99 and 2000–01).

From 2001 to 2010, Björklöven played in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest ice hockey league for men in Sweden. Although the team finished 12th in the 2009–10 HockeyAllsvenskan season (which meant that the team was set to play in HockeyAllsvenskan the following season), the club was in big economical problems in March–May 2010. The club went bankrupt in April 2010, but managed to get the bankruptcy alleged a month later. Despite big further efforts by the club in order to be given elite license to play in HockeyAllsvenskan the following season, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) decided not to give Björklöven elite license and thus the team was relegated to the third-tier league Division 1 for the 2010–11 season. Björklöven was eventually promoted back to HockeyAllsvenskan in the 2012–13 season.

History[edit]

IF Björklöven was formed in 1970 when the ice hockey sections of IFK Umeå and Sandåkerns SK were merged. The IFK Umeå team had already at times been referred to as 'björklöven' (the birch leaves) as a tongue in cheek reference to Canadian hockey and Umeå being known as the 'city of birch trees', and after the merger the nickname became the official team name.

The team was quite successful at the Elitserien (SEL) level, the highest league in Sweden, during the 1980s and won the Swedish championship in 1987. They were, however, relegated only two years later, and has since then not been able to establish themselves permanently in the Elitserien again, but have mostly played in the second-tier league Allsvenskan, except for a few short stints in the 90s. Some notable players from Björklöven are Calle Johansson, Ulf Dahlén, Tore Öqvist and twins Patrik Sundström and Peter Sundström.

The team has recently had many promising young players, including Alexander Hellström, Alexander Sundström, Patrik Nevalainen, Daniel Rahimi and Kristofer Berglund. Due to lack of funds however, Björklöven lost all of these young players to other teams, although the first three has since rejoined the team.

Season-by-season record[edit]

List of Björklöven seasons
Season Level Division Record Avg.
home
atnd.
Notes Ref
Position W-T-L
W-OT-L
For a complete list, see List of IF Björklöven seasons
2009–10 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 12th of 14 12–7–5–28 2,461 Decrease Relegated to Division 1 (due to financial troubles) [1]
2010–11 Tier 3 Division 1A 1st of 9 20–1–2–1 2,034 [1]
AllEttan North 2nd of 8 11–0–0–3 2,115 Bye to Playoff 2
Playoffs 1–0–1–3 2,870 Round 2: Won 2–1 in games vs Nybro Vikings IF
Round 3: Lost 2–0 in games vs Asplöven HC
2011–12 Tier 3 Division 1A 1st of 8 19–0–1–1 2,842 [1]
AllEttan North 3rd of 8 8–1–2–3 2,698
Playoffs 3–0–0–2 2,983 Round 1: Won 2–0 in games vs Bodens HF
Round 2: Lost 2–1 in games vs Olofströms IK
2012–13 Tier 3 Division 1A 1st of 7 22–0–1–1 2,503 [2]
AllEttan North 1st of 8 13–0–0–1 3,085 Bye to Playoff 3 [3]
Playoffs 2–0–0–0 4,369 Round 3: Won 2–0 in games vs Olofströms IK [4]
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 1st of 6 7–0–0–3 4,747 Increase Promoted to HockeyAllsvenskan [5]
2013–14 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 14th of 14 13-7-32 3,641 [6]
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 2nd of 6 6-3-1 3,632 Saved from relegation [7]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 15, 2014.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
57 Sweden Andersson, StefanStefan Andersson D R 31 2012 Sollefteå, Sweden
12 Sweden Boström, LinusLinus Boström (A) RW L 25 2010 Umeå, Sweden
26 Sweden Ekeståhl Jonsson, VictorVictor Ekeståhl Jonsson C L 20 2010 Umeå, Sweden
40 Canada Harty, JonathanJonathan Harty D L 26 2014 Lahr, Germany
3 Sweden Hellström, AlexanderAlexander Hellström (A) D L 27 2012 Falun, Sweden
7 Sweden Hållberg, PerPer Hållberg D L 36 2013 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
22 Sweden Johansson, NicklasNicklas Johansson RW L 30 2011 Umeå, Sweden
6 Sweden Karlsson, KimKim Karlsson C L 24 2013 Älvsbyn, Sweden
62 Sweden Lavander, MatsMats Lavander (C) LW/C L 34 2013 Piteå, Sweden
47 Sweden Lindskoug, KevinKevin Lindskoug G L 22 2014 Trelleborg, Sweden
79 Sweden Lundberg, EmilEmil Lundberg LW L 20 2014 Katrineholm, Sweden
5 Sweden Lundström, Karl-JohanKarl-Johan Lundström D L 27 2011 Tvärålund, Sweden
54 Denmark Maegaard-Scheel, FelixFelix Maegaard-Scheel LW L 21 2014 Virum, Denmark
50 Sweden Mattsson, JohanJohan Mattsson G L 22 2014 (Loan) Huddinge, Sweden
36 Sweden Nevalainen, PatrikPatrik Nevalainen D R 27 2013 Umeå, Sweden
34 Sweden Palmebjörk, JonJon Palmebjörk RW R 28 2011 Umeå, Sweden
19 Sweden Quist, WilliamWilliam Quist LW L 25 2011 Nybro, Sweden
28 Sweden Sandström, LucasLucas Sandström RW L 24 2013 Fagersta, Sweden
10 Norway Trygg, MathiasMathias Trygg LW L 28 2014 Oslo, Norway
86 Sweden Wargh, TommyTommy Wargh D L 27 2013 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
94 Sweden Wrenman, EmilEmil Wrenman RW L 19 2012 Vindeln, Sweden
74 Sweden Öhman, StefanStefan Öhman (A) C L 38 2013 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden


Retired numbers[edit]

Other notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Swedish Ice Hockey Association: Official statistics: historical database
  2. ^ Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2012–13 Division 1 A
  3. ^ Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2012–13 AllEttan North
  4. ^ Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2012–13 Playoff till Allsv. Kval
  5. ^ Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2013 Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan
  6. ^ Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2013–14: HockeyAllsvenskan
  7. ^ Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2014 Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan
  8. ^ "Björklöven roster" (in Swedish). IF Björklöven. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Färjestad BK
Swedish ice hockey champions
1987
Succeeded by
Färjestad BK