Swedish Division I

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Swedish Division I
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1944
Country  Sweden
Ceased 2014

Swedish Division I is a former Swedish ice hockey league that existed from 1944 to 2014. As its name suggests, it was originally the first level ice hockey league in Sweden. However over subsequent decades, it slipped down the Swedish ice hockey league pyramid, eventually finishing up as a third level league. The league was relaunched as the Hockeyettan in April 2014.

First Level[edit]

Between 1944 and 1975, Swedish Division I served as the first level ice hockey league in Sweden, replacing the earlier Svenska Serien. During this era the league was divided into a Northern Group and a Southern Group, with the top teams from each group meeting in a tournament to decide the league champion. Djurgårdens IF were this eras most successful team winning nine titles. From 1953 onwards, the winners were awarded the Le Mat Trophy and were recognised as national champions.

First Level Champions and Runner-ups[edit]

Season Winners Runner-ups
1945 Hammarby IF Södertälje SK
1946 Hammarby IF Södertälje SK
1947 Hammarby IF Södertälje SK
1948 Södertälje SK Hammarby IF
1949 Hammarby IF Gävle GIK
1950 Södertälje SK Hammarby IF
1951 Djurgårdens IF AIK
1952 Södertälje SK Gävle GIK
1953 Södertälje SK Hammarby IF
1954 Djurgårdens IF Gävle Godtemplares IK
1955 Djurgårdens IF Hammarby IF
1956 Södertälje SK Djurgårdens IF
1957 Gävle Godtemplares IK Djurgårdens IF
1958 Djurgårdens IF Skellefteå AIK
1959 Djurgårdens IF Leksands IF
1960 Djurgårdens IF Södertälje SK
1961 Djurgårdens IF Skellefteå AIK
1962 Djurgårdens IF Västra Frölunda IF
1963 Djurgårdens IF Skellefteå AIK
1964 Brynäs IF Leksands IF
1965 Västra Frölunda IF Brynäs IF
1966 Brynäs IF Västra Frölunda IF
1967 Brynäs IF Västra Frölunda IF
1968 Brynäs IF AIK
1969 Leksands IF Brynäs IF
1970 Brynäs IF Västra Frölunda IF
1971 Brynäs IF Leksands IF
1972 Brynäs IF Leksands IF
1973 Leksands IF Södertälje SK
1974 Leksands IF Timrå IK
1975 Leksands IF Brynäs IF

Second Level[edit]

With the establishment of the Elitserien for the 1975–76 season, Swedish Division I was effectively relegated down the Swedish ice league pyramid. Between 1975 and 1999 it served as a second level ice hockey league.

Third Level[edit]

The 1999–2000 season saw Swedish Division I slip further down the league pyramid when it was replaced as the second level league by the Allsvenskan. It subsequently served as Sweden’s third level ice hockey league until 2014. The 2014–15 season saw it reformed as the Hockeyettan.

Participating teams[edit]

2013–14[edit]

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 ("North"). That group consisted 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 reorganized themselves into new groups based on their position in their group, the new Division 1 Norra continued 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 would be strenuous for the clubs' finances, and that playing each opponent three times instead of four might have been more appropriate.[1][2] In total, the 2013–14 Division 1 season consisted of 53 teams.

Division 1 Norra Division 1C Division 1D Division 1E Division 1F
Brunflo IK
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Kovlands IshF
Piteå HC
SK Lejon
Sollefteå HK
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK HK
Falu IF
Hedemora SK
Hudiksvalls HC
Lindlövens IF
Skedvi/Säter IF
Surahammars IF
Tierps HK
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Gnesta IK
Hammarby IF
Huddinge IK
IFK Tumba Hockey
IF Vallentuna BK
Nacka HK
Nyköpings HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK
Forshaga IF
Grästorps IK
HC Vita Hästen
Kumla HC Black Bulls
Mariestad BoIS HC
Mjölby HC
Skövde IK
Tranås AIF IF
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK
Borås HC
Halmstad HF
Helsingborgs HC
IK Pantern
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nittorps IK
Nybro Vikings
Olofströms IK
Tingsryds AIF

Note that Botkyrka HC merged with IFK Tumba Hockey during the off-season.

2012–13[edit]

Division 1A Division 1B Division 1C Division 1D Division 1E Division 1F
Bodens HF
IF Björklöven
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Piteå HC
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Brunflo IK
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kovlands IshF
Kramfors-Alliansen
Njurunda SK
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Sollefteå HK
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK HK
Falu IF
Hedemora SK
Hudiksvalls HC
IFK Ore
Lindlövens IF
Surahammars IF
Tierps HK
Valbo HC
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Botkyrka HC
Huddinge IK
IF Vallentuna BK
Järfälla HC
Nacka HK
Nyköpings HK
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Grästorps IK
HC Vita Hästen
Kumla HC Black Bulls
IFK Arboga IK
Skövde IK
Mariestad BoIS HC
Mjölby HC
Tranås AIF IF
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK
Borås HC
Halmstad HF
Helsingborgs HC
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kungälvs IK
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nittorps IK
Nybro Vikings
Olofströms IK
IK Pantern

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