Frölunda HC

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Frölunda
2016–17 SHL season
Frölunda HC logo.svg
City Gothenburg, Sweden
League Swedish Hockey League
Founded 3 February 1938
Home arena Scandinavium
Colors Red, green, gold, white
                   
General manager Fredrik Sjöström
Head coach Roger Rönnberg
Captain Joel Lundqvist
Franchise history
1944–1984 Västra Frölunda IF
1984–2004 Västra Frölunda HC
2004–present Frölunda HC
Le Mat Trophy (4) ( 1965, 2003, 2005, 2016)

Frölunda Hockey Club, also known as the Frölunda Indians,[1] is a Swedish professional ice hockey club based in Gothenburg. They play in the highest Swedish league, Swedish Hockey League (SHL; formerly Elitserien), where they have played the majority of the seasons during the club's existence. The last time they played in the lower division, Allsvenskan, was in 1995. Frölunda have won the national championship title four times, in 1965, 2003, 2005 and 2016.

The club was founded on 3 February 1938,[2] as an ice hockey section in Västra Frölunda IF and became independent on 29 March 1984.[3] On 16 June 2004, the club shortened the name from Västra Frölunda Hockey Club to Frölunda Hockey Club.[citation needed]

Frölunda's home venue is the Scandinavium arena in central Gothenburg, which has a capacity of 12,044 people. Frölundaborg is used when Scandinavium is occupied with other events. Frölunda's average home attendance has been the highest in the league for over a decade.[4]

History[edit]

In 2003 Frölunda became the champions after a 38-year hiatus. The final game in Scandinavium on 7 April against Färjestad BK was ended by late season recruit Tomi Kallio in the third overtime period.[5] In the 2004–05 season, the club's 60th anniversary and 20th as independent club, the team won the league title, by having the best record during the regular season, and the Swedish Championship. That particular year was notable because the National Hockey League had a labour stoppage due to negotiations between the league and the players association. Many professional hockey players who could not play in the NHL chose to play in European or North American leagues. The largest number of professional NHL players were in Sweden during the season, including Gothenburg native Daniel Alfredsson, who joined his hometown club for the season. This increased the quality of play and many observers said that Elitserien was the best league in the world during 2004–05.[6]

Frölunda set a new Elitserien record on 6 April 2006, by winning the Elitserien playoff semi finals against Linköpings HC 4–3 after trailing the series 1–3. The season ended with a 2–4 defeat against Färjestads BK in the finals. The second game in the finals Ronnie Sundin played his 685th game for Frölunda becoming the player with most career games for the club.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Fredrik Pettersson playing for Frölunda

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

Season League Regular season[7] Post season results
Finish GP W L T GF GA Pts
2008–09 Elitserien 3rd 55 25 20 10 144 130 91 Won in Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Luleå)
Lost in Semifinals, 2–4 (HV71)
2009–10 Elitserien 7th 55 22 22 11 155 156 78 Lost in Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Linköping)
2010–11 Elitserien 9th 55 19 24 12 128 158 74 Did not qualify
2011–12 Elitserien 5th 55 22 17 16 140 113 90 Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Brynäs)
2012–13 Elitserien 6th 55 21 21 12 123 126 84 Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Luleå)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated May 11, 2017.[8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
5 Sweden Almqvist, AdamAdam Almqvist D L 26 2017 Jönköping, Sweden
24 Sweden Andersson, LiasLias Andersson C L 18 2017 Smögen, Sweden
10 Finland Bergenheim, SeanSean Bergenheim LW L 33 2016 Helsinki, Sweden
26 Sweden Dahlin, RasmusRasmus Dahlin D L 17 2016 Trollhättan, Sweden
15 United States Donovan, MattMatt Donovan D L 27 2016 Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
21 Sweden Ehn, ChristofferChristoffer Ehn C L 21 2013 Skara, Sweden
12 Sweden Friberg, MaxMax Friberg RW R 24 2017 Skövde, Sweden
6 Sweden Gunnarsson, KristofferKristoffer Gunnarsson D L 20 2015 Mölndal, Sweden
37 Sweden Gustafsson, JohanJohan Gustafsson G L 25 2015 Köping, Sweden
59 Sweden Hjalmarsson, SimonSimon Hjalmarsson LW L 28 2016 Värnamo, Sweden
2 Norway Johannesen, JohannesJohannes Johannesen D R 20 2016 Stavanger, Norway
7 Sweden Larsson, JacobJacob Larsson D L 20 2013 Ljungby, Sweden
81 United States Lasch, RyanRyan Lasch RW R 30 2017 Lake Forest, California, United States
20 Sweden Lundqvist, JoelJoel Lundqvist (C) C L 35 2009 Åre, Sweden
33 Sweden Mattsson, JohanJohan Mattsson G L 25 2017 Huddinge, Sweden
18 Norway Nørstebø, MattiasMattias Nørstebø D L 22 2016 Trondheim, Norway
11 Sweden Olofsson, VictorVictor Olofsson LW L 21 2016 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
51 Norway Rosseli Olsen, MatsMats Rosseli Olsen RW L 26 2012 Oslo, Norway
56 Canada Sigalet, JonathanJonathan Sigalet D L 31 2016 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
17 Sweden Stålberg, SebastianSebastian Stålberg RW R 27 2014 Lerum, Sweden
7 Sweden Westerholm, PathrikPathrik Westerholm C L 25 2017 Karlskrona, Sweden
27 Sweden Westerholm, PonthusPonthus Westerholm RW R 25 2017 Karlskrona, Sweden
16 Sweden Westerlund, FilipFilip Westerlund D R 18 2016 Härnösand, Sweden
44 Sweden Widerström, PontusPontus Widerström LW L 23 2010 Gothenburg, Sweden


Team records[edit]

Career[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Team[edit]

  • Most points in a season: 112 (2004–05)
  • Most wins in a season: 33 (2004–05)
  • Most goals in a season: 181 (2001–02)
  • Fewest goals against in a season: 96 (2004–05)

Scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers of Frölunda HC since the 1975–76 season. Figures are updated after each completed regular season. * indicates a player still active with Frölunda. Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player POS GP G A Pts
Niklas Andersson LW 610 201 339 540
Patrik Carnbäck LW 472 184 237 421
Jonas Johnson C 512 156 196 352
Joel Lundqvist* C 633 135 217 352
Tomi Kallio RW 433 168 180 348
Magnus Kahnberg RW 587 169 168 337
Jörgen Pettersson LW 324 172 129 301
Peter Gustavsson C 372 143 146 289
Christer Kellgren LW 305 158 128 286
Stefan Larsson D 604 118 158 276

Honored members[edit]

Team captain and playing coach Lars-Eric Lundvall hoisting the Le Mat Trophy when Frölunda won the Swedish Championship in 1965. Lundvall's jersey number 13 is retired by Frölunda.

Frölunda Hockey have retired the numbers of four players, all on 3 March 2002. The number retired were; the number 13 worn by Lars Erik Lundvall, who spent eight seasons with Frölunda, all of them serving as team captain. The number 14 worn by Ronald "Sura Pelle" Pettersson, who spent seven seasons with Frölunda before suffering a career-ending injury on 14 December 1967. The duo of Lundvall and Pettersson was one of the reason behind Frölunda's success in the 60's and secured that hockey got a strong foothold in Gothenburg. The number 19 worn by Jörgen Pettersson during his two stints with Frölunda. Pettersson joined the club in 1970 and played ten seasons for the club before joining the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. After five seasons in the NHL he returned and played another three seasons for the club. The number 29 worn by Stefan Larsson during his sixteen seasons with Frölunda. With the exception of two seasons, Larsson played for Frölunda his entire professional career.

Two Frölunda players have been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame. Forward Ulf Sterner, played three seasons for Frölunda before becoming the first European-trained player to play in the NHL during his short sojourn with the New York Rangers during the 1964–65 NHL season; he was inducted in 2001.[11] Forward Ronald "Sura Pelle" Pettersson, represented team Sweden in three olympic games and ten IIHF World Championships, totaling 252 games played for the national team; he was inducted in 2004.[11] In 2003, former Frölunda players Christian Ruuttu and Jorma Salmi were inducted to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame.[12]

Leaders[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Team captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts". Frölunda HC. Archived from the original on 24 May 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Szemberg, Szymon. Västra Frölunda 50 År. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Szemberg, Szymon. Västra Frölunda 50 År. p. 170. 
  4. ^ "Official Statistics". Swedish Ice Hockey Federation. 
  5. ^ Szemberg, Szymon (1994). Västra Frölunda 50 År (in Swedish). Sweden: Sportförlaget. ISBN 978-91-88540-34-8. 
  6. ^ "Elitserien världens bästa hockeyliga" (PDF) (in Swedish). Pro Hockey. 27 April 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 June 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2007. 
  7. ^ Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points
  8. ^ "Spelartruppen 2017/18" (in Swedish). frolundaindians.com. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  9. ^ "Frölunda - Team roster". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  10. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=43584
  11. ^ a b "Complete list of IIHF Hall of Fame Inductees from 1997–2006". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 11 December 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2007. 
  12. ^ "Finnish Hall of Fame – Honoured Members". Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2007. 

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