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

              
GM Jonas Elofsson
Head coach Mikael Kvarnström

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)

Current roster[edit]

As of December 20th, 2014.

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born Place of Birth
30 Sweden Anders Johansson R 08.03.1988 Strömstad, Sweden
53 Norway Tommy Johansen L 08.05.1987 Sarpsborg, Norway
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
2 Canada Josh Godfrey R 15.01.1988 Collingwood, Canada
7 Norway Erlend Lesund L 11.12.1994 Oslo, Norway
17 Norway Patrick André Bovim R 24.04.1988 Oslo, Norway
44 Sweden Patrik Eklund L 21.12.1990 Rättvik, Sweden
52 Norway Marius Hagberg R 05.02.1989 Fredrikstad, Norway
62 Sweden Victor Panelin Borg L 27.11.1986 Ängelholm, Sweden
63 Norway Mikkel Søgaard L 31.12.1992 Sarpsborg, Norway
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
10 Sweden Jonas Karlsson L 14.02.1986 Kil, Sweden
14 Norway Niklas Unger Nilsen L 07.04.1992 Trondheim, Norway
15 Sweden David Hallström L 15.01.1988 Gothenburg, Sweden
18 Norway Magnus Nilsen L 26.11.1994 Sarpsborg, Norway
19 Canada Dion Knelsen L 04.01.1989 Three Hills, Canada
27 Norway Stian Webjørnsen L 05.03.1985 Sarpsborg, Norway
28 Norway Niklas Roest L 03.08.1986 Oslo, Norway
40 Norway Fredrik Lystad Jacobsen L 15.02.1990 Asker, Norway
59 Norway Mats Weberg L 17.07.1989 Sarpsborg, Norway
61 Norway Petter Witnes L 03.11.1982 Sarpsborg, Norway
69 Sweden Henrik Malmström L 26.08.1978 Kristianstad, Sweden
89 Norway Eirik Børresen L 07.08.1991 Vang, Norway
91 Norway Magnus Lindahl L 06.06.1991 Oslo, Norway
95 Norway Didrik Nøkleby Svendsen L 18.01.1995 Sarpsborg, Norway
-- United States Nathan Condon L 29.05.1990 Wausau, United States

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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