Modo Hockey

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Modo Hockey
Modo Hockey Logo.svg
City Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
League Swedish Hockey League
Founded 1921
Home arena Fjällräven Center
Colors Red, white, green
General manager Sweden Per Svartvadet
Head coach Sweden Anders Forsberg
Captain Sweden Samuel Påhlsson
Franchise history
1921–1963 Alfredshems IK
1964–86 Modo AIK
1987–present Modo Hockey
Le Mat Trophy 1979, 2007

Modo Hockey (or MODO with uppercase letters) is a professional ice hockey club in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The club plays in Sweden's premier ice hockey league, the Swedish Hockey League (SHL; formerly Elitserien). They were founded in 1921 and have won two SHL championships; in 1979 and 2007. The team's home arena is the Fjällräven Center (previously known as Swedbank Arena) since 2006. Before then, the team played at Kempehallen, beginning in 1964.[1]

History[edit]

Alfredshems IK and Modo AIK (1921–87)[edit]

The club was founded in 1921 as Alfredshems IK, however it existed without an ice hockey program until 1938.[1] Twenty years later, in 1958, the club joined HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden's highest division at the time.[1] Alfredshems IK played under that moniker until 1963,[1] when it was renamed Modo AIK after their main sponsor, industrial corporation Mo och Domsjö AB (commonly abbreviated MoDo). The following year, the club made the newly constructed Kempehallen their home arena.[1] In 1975, Modo AIK joined the Elitserien as one of the premier league's original ten teams. Four seasons later, Modo AIK won their first regular-season championship in 1979, en route to defeating previous ten-time champion Djurgårdens IF to also capture their first Le Mat trophy as playoff champions.

Modo Hockey (1987–present)[edit]

In 1987, Modo AIK dropped the "AIK" suffix to the club's name, becoming known simply as Modo Hockey. After coming off its championship year in 1979, the club spent the majority of the 1980s with losing records.[2] Coming out of the club's junior program, however, hometown stars Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund played their rookie seasons with the senior team in 1990–91. Näslund went on to lead Modo Hockey in scoring as an eighteen-year-old in his second season with the club,[3] while Forsberg became the first Modo player to win the Guldpucken as Swedish player of the year since Nils Johansson in 1964, capturing the title back-to-back in 1993 and 1994.

Former logo

With both Forsberg and Näslund having been chosen as first-round selections in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, however, their time in Sweden was limited. Näslund departed for the NHL in 1993, while Forsberg remained to lead Modo to their second Elitserien playoff final in 1994, where they lost to Malmö IF. Soon after Forsberg's inevitable departure to the NHL in 1995, identical twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin represented the next wave of young talent coming through the Modo system. At seventeen-years-old, they captured the Guldpucken together as co-recipients in 1999, while leading Modo to a 33-win season (in a 50-game schedule) for the club's second regular-season title. As second- and third-overall selections in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, respectively, Daniel and Henrik left Modo for the NHL in 2000. Regardless, Modo became consistent contenders for the Le Mat trophy, appearing in three out of four playoff finals – losing all three – between 1999 and 2002.

Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, many former Modo stars returned to the team from the NHL, including Forsberg, Näslund, the Sedins and František Kaberle. Several foreign NHL players also signed with Modo, including Canadian defenceman Adrian Aucoin and American forward Dan Hinote. Swedish goaltender Tommy Salo (a product of VIK Västerås HK) joined as the starting goaltender. Despite a bolstered lineup, Modo finished sixth in the regular season.[4]

Having played in Kempehallen as their home arena since 1964, Modo moved into the then newly constructed Swedbank Arena, which was partially funded by former star Forsberg and his father Kent, who was also a former club head coach.[5] Modo returned to Elitserien supremacy that season, defeating Linköpings HC on April 14, 2007, to capture their second Le Mat trophy in franchise history. The championship-winning club featured the 2007 Guldpucken-recipient Per Svartvadet, team leading-scorer Per-Åge Skrøder and future NHL defenceman Tobias Enström. The return of Niklas Sundström, who had originally played with the club alongside Forsberg and Naslund in the early 1990s, bolstered Modo's roster as he finished second in team scoring in his first season back from the NHL.[6] An approximate 8,000 fans were in attendance at the Swedbank Arena for Modo's first championship in 28 years.[5]

In the 2008–09 season the team finished ninth in Elitserien, thus missing the playoffs. In the 2009–10 season, Forsberg returned to play for Modo on a conditioning-basis to prepare for an anticipated return to the NHL after having been inactive for a season due to injury. With Näslund back in Sweden, having retired after the 2008–09 NHL season, he correctly predicted that Forsberg would not return to the NHL and finish the season with Modo instead.[7] Several days later, on November 17, 2009, Näslund announced he was coming out of retirement to also rejoin Modo with Forsberg. The announcement crashed the Modo web server as a result of the heavy volume of people visiting the site. As a board member of the club, Näslund also announced he would play without a salary, along with Forsberg.[8] Despite Näslund's and Forsberg's return to Modo, the team finished ninth and thus missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. After the 2009–10 season, Näslund retired again, and Forsberg left Modo again. After Näslund's second retirement, he was named the general manager of Modo.

In the 2010–11 season the team were closer to relegation to HockeyAllsvenskan than since 1990. The team finished last in Elitserien after a very tight battle in the bottom of Elitserien and thus were forced to play in Kvalserien for the first time since 1990 (the team survived the 1990 Kvalserien). After the 2011 Kvalserien's ninth round, Modo and Södertälje both had 17 points. Modo and Södertälje met each other in Fjällräven Center in the final round, for a game that directly decided which team would be relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan. Modo won the game 2–0 and thus stayed in Elitserien for the 2011–12 season. Nearly two weeks later, Peter Forsberg was named an assistant general manager of the Modo organization.[9] Just a day later, on April 21, 2011, Modo Hockey's then head coach Charles "Challe" Berglund was forced to leave the club.[10]

On May 2, 2011, Ulf Samuelsson, who had been an assistant coach in the National Hockey League (NHL), was named the head coach of Modo Hockey,[11] a position he held for two seasons.[12][13]

NHL alumni[edit]

Although Örnsköldsvik is a small town with an approximate population of just 29,000, the city has produced numerous born-and-raised NHL talents through the Modo system. The hockey-centred town has six indoor rinks, with the Fjällräven Center boasting regular attendances of 7,000 for Modo home games, marking nearly a quarter of the population.[5]

Anders Hedberg was one of the first Swedes to succeed in the NHL, in the 1970s. In the early 1990s, forwards Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund emerged from Modo's junior system and were drafted 6th and 16th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. They became arguably Modo's first NHL stars. Forsberg went on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 1995 with the Nordiques and the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003, while Näslund won the Lester B. Pearson Award as NHL MVP chosen by the players in 2003. Furthermore, Forsberg and Näslund finished first and second in league point-scoring for the Art Ross Trophy in 2003. Besides the two league-leaders, the 2002–03 season featured 13 NHL players originating from Modo, as well as seven others who were born and raised within a couple miles of Örnsköldsvik.[5] Forward Niklas Sundström also played alongside Forsberg and Näslund with Modo and was drafted 8th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.

Eight years after Forsberg and Naslund's draft selections, identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin were drafted second and third overall, joining Näslund in Vancouver. In 2005–06, Näslund, Henrik and Daniel finished first, second and third, respectively, in Canucks team-scoring.[14] In fact, since the 1998–99 season, no Canucks player has led the team in scoring besides either Näslund, Henrik or Daniel. During the 2009–10 season, Henrik became the second former Modo player to win the NHL's Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP. The next year fellow Canuck and twin brother Daniel Sedin would go on to win the Art ross trophy making it the first time in any NHL history that two brothers win scoring titles consecutively.

In 2008–09 defenceman Victor Hedman began drawing considerable attention from the NHL and was eventually selected second overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, matching Daniel Sedin as the highest-drafted Modo player in team history.

Trophies and awards[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated November 29, 2013.[15][16]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
34 Sweden Bengtsson, ChristopherChristopher Bengtsson LW/C L 20 2012 Stockholm, Sweden[17]
15 Canada Cumiskey, KyleKyle Cumiskey D L 27 2012 Abbotsford, Canada
48 Sweden Forsberg, AntonAnton Forsberg G L 21 2011 Härnösand, Sweden
28 Norway Forsberg, KristianKristian Forsberg C R 28 2009 Oslo, Norway
35 Sweden Gunnarsson, DavidDavid Gunnarsson C R 20 2010 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
41 Sweden Hedman, OscarOscar Hedman (A) D L 28 2013 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
77 United States Hensick, T.J.T.J. Hensick C R 28 2013 Lansing, Michigan, USA
Russia Kabanov, KirillKirill Kabanov RW R 22 2013 Moscow, Russia
70 Sweden Kempe, MarioMario Kempe RW L 25 2012 Kramfors, Sweden
3 Finland Lehtivuori, JoonasJoonas Lehtivuori D L 26 2011 Pirkkala, Finland
50 Sweden Lööv, ViktorViktor Lööv D L 21 2013 Södertälje, Sweden
27 Sweden Öberg, PeterPeter Öberg C L 31 2012 Umeå, Sweden
11 Sweden Önerud, SimonSimon Önerud C L 26 2013 Jönköping, Sweden
26 Sweden Påhlsson, SamuelSamuel Påhlsson (C) C L 36 2012 Ånge, Sweden
33 Sweden Possler, GustavGustav Possler LW L 19 2011 Södertälje, Sweden
49 Canada Regehr, RichieRichie Regehr (A) D R 31 2012 Bandung, Indonesia
18 Sweden Ritola, MattiasMattias Ritola C L 27 2011 Borlänge, Sweden
10 Norway Skrøder, Per-ÅgePer-Åge Skrøder LW L 35 2006 Sarpsborg, Norway
12 United States Spina, DaveDave Spina RW R 31 2012 Mesa, Arizona, USA
7 Canada Tambellini, JeffJeff Tambellini LW L 30 2013 Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
38 Sweden Torp, NichlasNichlas Torp D L 25 2012 Jönköping, Sweden
30 Sweden Ullmark, LinusLinus Ullmark G L 20 2010 Lugnvik, Sweden


Retired numbers[edit]

Modo Hockey retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
4 Nils Johansson D 1958-1970
8 Per Lundqvist LW 1968-1983
9 Magnus Wernblom RW 1990-2004, 2007-2009
16 Anders Hedberg RW 1967-1972
39 Per Svartvadet C 1992-1999, 2003-2009

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last six seasons completed by Modo. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Modo Hockey seasons. Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points. Top Scorer: Points (Goals+Assists)

Season League Regular season Post season results Top scorer (regular season)
Finish GP W L T GF GA Pts
2006–07 Elitserien 3rd 55 24 21 10 159 140 85 Won Swedish Championship, 4–2 (Linköpings HC) in the finals Norway P.Å. Skröder 48 (30+18)
2007–08 Elitserien 3rd 55 26 22 7 153 150 90 Lost in quarterfinals, 1–4 (Timrå IK) Sweden A. Salomonsson 43 (15+28)
2008–09 Elitserien 9th 55 20 27 8 153 177 72 Did not qualify Norway P.Å. Skröder 59 (30+29)
2009–10 Elitserien 9th 55 16 20 19 161 150 74 Did not qualify Norway M. Zuccarello Aasen 64 (23+41)
2010–11 Elitserien 12th 55 17 25 13 147 153 70 Saved in relegation series (Kvalserien) Canada B. Ritchie 44 (23+21)
2011–12 Elitserien 8th 55 19 22 6 146 147 79 Lost in quarterfinals, 2-4 (Skellefteå AIK) Sweden N. Danielsson 53 (21+31)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Information in English". Modo Hockey. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Standings for the Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the SEL". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ "1991-92 Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik [SEL]". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  4. ^ "2004-05 Swedish Elite League [SEL] standings". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  5. ^ a b c d Ekman, Ivar (2007-05-03). "A Puck-Crazed Town in Sweden Churns Out N.H.L. Stars". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  6. ^ "2006-07 Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik [SEL]". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Naslund: Forsberg should play in Sweden". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  8. ^ Pakarinen, Risto (2009-11-17). "Modo’s two musketeers back". IIHF. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  9. ^ "eter Forsberg förstärker MODO Hockeys organisation" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2011-04-20. 
  10. ^ "MODO Hockey bryter samarbetet med Charles Berglund" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2011-04-21. 
  11. ^ "Ulf Samuelsson ny headcoach i MODO Hockey" (in Swedish). Modo Hockey. 2011-05-02. 
  12. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=9&year0=2012
  13. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=9&year0=2013
  14. ^ "2005-06 Vancouver Canucks [NHL]". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  15. ^ "Spelartrupp 2012-13" (in Swedish). modohockey.se. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  16. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - MODO". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  17. ^ Svenska Ishockeyförbundet document

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Skellefteå AIK
Swedish ice hockey champions
1979
Succeeded by
Brynäs IF
Preceded by
Färjestads BK
Swedish ice hockey champions
2007
Succeeded by
HV71