Sparta Warriors

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Sparta Warriors
Sparta Warriors logo.png
Full name Ishockeyklubben
Sparta Sarpsborg
Founded 1958
Based in Sarpsborg, Norway
Arena Sparta Amfi
(capacity: 3,450)
League GET-ligaen
Team colors

Blue, white, red

              
Head coach Sjur Robert Nilsen
Captain Jonas S. Andersen

The Sparta Warriors are an ice hockey team in Sarpsborg, Norway playing in the GET League. The official name of the club is Ishockeyklubben Sparta Sarpsborg. They play their home games in the Sparta Amfi arena. The team colours are blue and white.

History[edit]

The ice hockey department of IL Sparta was founded in 1958, and got off to a fantastic start when Norways first indoor hockey arena Sparta Amfi was opened in 1963. Within only three years they earned promotion to the first division as the first team outside Oslo. It was only to be a short stint, and through most part of the late sixties and seventies 'Sparta' spent their time in the second division, with the odd visit to the top flight.

The eighties was to be Spartas greatest decade. Under the leadership of charismatic coach Lasse Bäckman and strengthened by several strong signings from other Norwegian clubs, and a couple of Swedish stars they claimed the Norwegian Championships in 1984. The feat was repeated in 1989, when the club beat heavily favoured Trondheim in the final after claiming the last playoff spot in the last rounds of the league.

The success proved costly for the club, and in 1995, after years of economical problems Sparta had to file for bankruptcy, the only sports club in Norway ever to do so. This meant that they had to start from scratch in the third division, and they lost their best players to other clubs in Norway. However, many of them came back to Sparta. They made the stay a short one, and in 1997 they were back in the Eliteserien where they have stayed since.

As of December 2007, Sparta once again assumed the top of the league table, and are closer than ever to win a title in Norwegian hockey, since the eighties.

In the 2008/09 season the team won the league and got silver in the Norwegian Championship after being defeated by Vålerenga.

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Sparta Warriors. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Sparta Warriors 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 26 15 1 6 161 122 86 2nd Lost in Semi-finals, 2–4 (Stavanger)
2010–11 Eliteserien 45 33 7 4 1 193 96 108 1st Won Norwegian Championship, 4–1 (Stavanger)
2011–12 Eliteserien 45 22 16 5 2 166 112 75 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 3-4 (Lillehammer)
2012–13 Eliteserien 45 19 13 8 5 151 136 78 4th Lost in Semi-finals, 1-4 (Vålerenga)
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 23 16 3 3 136 104 78 4th Lost in Quarter-finals, 1-4 (Storhamar)

Famous 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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