Lillehammer IK

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Lillehammer
Full name Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb
Founded November 2, 1957
Based in Lillehammer, Norway
Arena Kristins Hall
(capacity: 3,194)
League GET-ligaen
Team colors

Red, navy, white

              
Head coach Tor Erik Nilsen
Assistant coaches Anders Gjøse
Captain Joakim Eidsæther
Website Official Website

Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb is an ice hockey club based in Lillehammer, Norway and playing in the GET-ligaen. Home games are played in Kristins Hall. Team colours are red, blue and white.

History[edit]

Founded on 2 November 1957, Lillehammer IK was a pioneer of ice hockey in the northern areas of eastern Norway. Playing under difficult conditions on natural ice for the first thirty years, success was limited to the odd foray into the second tier of the hockey league. However, they produced some fine talents, two of them brothers Arne and Lars Bergseng, who went on to become two of the best players in the first division during the 1980s.

The big break for the hockey club was Lillehammer's candidacy for the 1994 Winter Olympics. In this process the Kristins Hall hockey arena was built and opened in 1988. The city got its Olympics, and the hockey club their boost. Backed by enormous local interest they surged from the third division to the Eliteserien in only three years, but the success would not stop there. In the spring of 1994, after the Olympics was over, Lillehammer beat local rivals Storhamar Dragons in the playoff finals to claim their first, and to date only Norwegian Championship.

Since the heady Olympic days of the early 1990s Lillehammer IK have struggled keep up the high level people started to expect. Economic problems have on several occasions threatened the club's existence. Today the club is known for a good youth department, helped on by the hockey college NTG, producing players such as former Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers forward Ole Kristian Tollefsen, and Per Åge Skrøder, currently with MODO Hockey in the Swedish Elite Lague.

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by Lillehammer. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Lillehammer IK seasons.

Norwegian Champions Regular Season Champions Promoted Relegated
Season League Regular season[1] Playoffs
GP W L OTW OTL GF GA Pts Finish
2009–10 Eliteserien 48 21 20 3 4 151 137 73 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Stavanger)
2010–11 Eliteserien 45 20 14 5 6 162 128 77 5th Lost in Semi-finals, 1-4 (Sparta)
2011–12 Eliteserien 45 26 13 1 5 168 106 85 4th Lost in Semi-finals, 0-4 (Stavanger)
2012–13 Eliteserien 45 23 20 1 1 151 130 72 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Lørenskog)
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 23 15 3 4 158 135 79 3rd Lost in Semi-finals, 3–4 (Stavanger)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Current Roster (as of Janauary 4th, 2015):

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born Place of Birth
35 United States Brian Foster L 04.02.1987 Pembroke, United States
50 Norway Jonas Arntzen R 21.11.1997 Lillehammer, Norway
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
19 Norway Håvard Steen R 12.03.1995 Lørenskog, Norway
27 United States Paul Phillips L 16.07.1991 Darien, United States
33 Norway Christian Bull L 13.08.1996
44 Norway Stein Tore Bakken R 13.08.1985 Lillehammer, Norway
46 Norway Aleksander Rindal R 04.09.1989 Lillehammer, Norway
71 United States Joe Gleason R 30.03.1990 Edina, United States
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
8 Canada John Armstrong R 26.02.1988 Unionville, Canada
9 Sweden Mikael Zettergren L 05.06.1982 Hägersten, Sweden
10 Norway Joachim Jensen R 28.12.1991 Bergen, Norway
18 Norway Vegard Spets L 22.07.1991 Trondheim, Norway
19 Norway Mads Mathisen L 27.08.1995 Oslo, Norway
20 Norway Christer Rudi L 03.03.1991 Lillehammer, Norway
26 Norway Joakim Arnestad-Eidsæther L 01.08.1987 Trondheim, Norway
37 Norway Daniel Karlsen Stensrud L 21.04.1995 Lillehammer, Norway
40 Norway Dag-Morten Wehn L 22.02.1985 Trondheim, Norway
55 Norway Endre Medby R 01.11.1994 Gjøvik, Norway
61 Norway Alexander Reichenberg L 13.06.1992 Leksand, Sweden
6 Norway Kjetil Martinsen L 14.09.1992 Oslo, Norway
92 United States Derek Arnold R 09.02.1990 Norwood, United States

Former notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Code explanation; GP—Games Played, W—Wins, L—Losses, OTW—Overtime/Shootout wins, OTL—Overtime/Shootout losses, GF—Goals For, GA—Goals Against, Pts—Points

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