Stjernen Hockey

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Stjernen
Stjernen Hockey logo.png
Full name Stjernen Hockey Fredrikstad
Founded 1960
Based in Fredrikstad, Norway
Arena Stjernehallen
(capacity: 2,473)
League GET-ligaen
Team colors

Red, white

         
Head coach Magnus Sundquist
Assistant coaches Göran Hermansson
Captain Dan Nygård

Stjernen Hockey is an ice hockey club based in Fredrikstad, Norway, and playing in the GET-ligaen. They play their home games in Stjernehallen. Their team colours are red and white.

History[edit]

Stjernen was founded in 1960 when the boys club "the Star" simply translated their name to Norwegian to comply with the rules of the association to begin play in the league system. After ten years of playing on an outdoor rink, or hiring ice time from local rivals Sparta Warriors, Stjernen got their own arena in 1970 when Stjernehallen was officially opened.

With a good youth organisation to go with the new facilities, Stjernen soon started to climb in the leagues and in 1974 they reached the first division for the first time in club history.

In 1981, the club saw its finest day beating Vålerenga Ishockey 2-1 in the best of three play off final becoming the first team outside Oslo to hoist the cup. Upon returning to Fredrikstad they were met by a crowd of several thousand people carrying torches, cheering the newly crowned champions.

With star players in the shape of Ørjan Løvdal, Rune Gulliksen, Hans Edlund, Pål Gjermundsen and later even Morten Finstad and colourful Canadian forward Chris St.Cyr Stjernen was the team to beat throughout the 1980s. Championship success however was repeated only once. In 1986 outsiders Frisk were well beaten in the final.

Although Stjernen remained a force well into the 1990s they never managed to add to their two titles. Playing two more finals in 1992 and 1995 they failed both times to add to the silverware.

During the late 1990s, the club fell into recession due to economic difficulties and failings in the youth department. Having nearly been bankrupted on a couple of occasions the club has started rebuilding and came back into the top during the 05-06-season when they finished second in the league and was extremely close to making the play off final. The team largely built around foreign talent however disintegrated after the season, and the new crop of players did not hold the same standard, leaving the club to fight for a place in this year's play off.

Season-by-season results[edit]

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

Norwegian Champions Regular Season Champions Promoted Relegated
Season League Regular season* Playoffs
GP W L OTW OTL GF GA Pts Finish
2009–10 Eliteserien 48 13 22 8 5 134 170 60 6th Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Sparta)
2010–11 Eliteserien 45 7 35 1 2 88 186 24 10th 2nd in Qualifying for Eliteserien
2011–12 Eliteserien 45 16 26 3 1 114 167 55 7th Lost in Quarter-finals, 0–4 (Lørenskog)
2012–13 Eliteserien 45 13 26 2 4 130 181 47 8th Lost in Quarter-finals, 0–4 (Vålerenga)
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 11 29 3 2 104 186 41 9th 1st in Qualifying for Eliteserien

*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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