Division 1 (Swedish ice hockey)
|Current season or competition:
2013–14 Division 1 season (Swedish ice hockey)
Logo of Hockeyettan, an interest group formed by clubs competing in Division 1.
|No. of teams||53 in 5 groups|
|Relegation to||Division 2|
- Not to be confused with Swedish Division I, which was the top-tier league in Sweden from 1944 to 1975.
Division 1 is the third-tier league of ice hockey in Sweden. From 1944 to 1975, Division I was the name of the highest league in the Swedish hockey system, but prior to the 1975–76 season, Division I was scrapped and replaced by the Elitserien (now known as the SHL), and Division 1 became the new name of the second-tier league. Prior to the 1999–2000 season, Allsvenskan was created as the new second-tier league, making Division 1 the current third-tier league. Today, the league consists of 53 teams divided geographically into five groups (Division 1 Norra, 1C, 1D, 1E, and 1F). The teams play half a season in the latter four groups, after which the highest ranked teams in 1C, 1D, 1E, and 1F form two new groups, organized more broadly into Central and South (Allettan Mellan, and Södra). In the meantime, the teams which failed to make it out of their groups from the first half-season continue playing with the remaining teams in their group. The Division 1 Norra group, however, is a group played during spring as well.
On 19 September 2012, the Division 1 clubs formed an interest group called Hockeyettan, which aims to promote Division 1 hockey in Sweden, and is also responsible for running the Hockeyettan.com website. "Hockeyettan" is also used as a nickname for Division 1 in general.
Division 1 is organized by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
Promotion and relegation playoff format
At the end of the season, the lowest ranked teams from Division 1 Norra and each of the smaller continuation groups are forced to defend their spots against challengers from Division 2 in a round-robin tournament (Kvalserien till Division 1). Meanwhile, the top ranked teams from the Allettan groups and Division 1 Norra, as well as the group winners from the continuation groups, play a playoff to determine which teams will get to play in Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan, which determines promotion to the second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan. The Allettan winners and the Division 1 Norra winner, as well as the best second-place team of the Allettan groups and Division 1 Norra, proceed directly to Playoff 3, requiring only one playoff series victory to reach Kvalserien. The remaining second-place teams proceed directly to Playoff 2, while the third and fourth-placed Allettan teams, the Division 1 Norra teams ranked 3–6 and the winners from the smaller continuation groups, start in Playoff 1. In Playoff 1, the Division 1 Norra teams face each other, while the Allettan teams face the winners from the continuation groups. In Playoff 1, teams are matched up based on their ranking in their spring section, but in subsequent rounds, match-ups are determined by random draw.
Each playoff series is a best-of-three, with the better-ranked team receiving home-ice advantage, i.e. two home games. The four surviving teams after the third playoff round play the two lowest-ranked teams from that season of HockeyAllsvenskan in Kvalserien, a double round-robin tournament, with the top two teams from that tournament qualifying for the following season of HockeyAllsvenskan.
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association released a schedule for the 2013–14 Division 1 season which merged Divisions 1A and 1B into a larger Division 1 Norra ("northern"). That group consists of 12 teams playing a double home-and-away series against each team in the group, for a total of 44 games per team. Unlike the traditional system used by the smaller groups which in January reorganize themselves into new groups based on their position in their group, the new Division 1 Norra continues playing into the spring, with relegation and playoff spots being decided directly from the new group. Reactions to this set-up were mixed, with Sollefteå HK for example suggesting that playing that many games might be strenuous for the clubs' finances, and that playing each opponent three times instead of four might have been more appropriate. In total, the 2013–14 Division 1 season consists of 53 teams.
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