Huddinge IK

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Huddinge IK
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City Sweden Huddinge, Sweden
League Division 1
(as of the 2013–14 season)
Division 1D
Founded 1950 (1950)
Home arena Björkängshallen
Colours Red, white, blue
              

Website
www.huddingehockey.com
Franchise history
1946–1950 Huddinge IF
1950–present Huddinge IK

Huddinge IK (or Huddinge Hockey), is a Swedish ice hockey team from Huddinge, a southern suburb of Stockholm. The team is currently playing in the third highest league in Sweden, Division 1. In the middle of the 1990s, a women's floorball section was founded, whose A-team advanced to Elitserien, the highest league, in 2008.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Huddinge IK was founded as the ice hockey section of Huddinge IF in 1946, and wasn't spun off into a separate club until January 8, 1950. The club has played 21 seasons in Sweden's second-highest ice hockey league, and has participated in the qualifiers for promotion to the highest league without success more than any other Swedish club. A qualification play off game in 1989 versus Timrå IK was decided by a winning goal for Timrå 1:14 into the third overtime period, and was by then the second longest Swedish hockey game ever played, the longest in the two highest divisions. The game is still among the top 10 longest games.

The last time the team was close to advancing, in the 1992-93 season, they moved their home game versus neighbors AIK to the Globe Arena and reached their spectator record of 12,487, then the fourth largest, but now the tenth largest record for any Swedish club. The larger ones being Frölunda HC - 31,144, HV 71 - 18,884, Djurgårdens IF - 18,070, Leksands IF - 17,319, AIK - 17,098, Färjestads BK - 15,274, Brynäs IF - 15,009, Mora IK - 13.850 and Malmö Redhawks - 13.247. Four of the clubs have gained their new records at outdoor event games, Malmö built a new arena in later days, and Mora's record was set in a game facing Dalecarlia neighbors Leksands IF in the Globe Arena. Huddinge's attendance record is the sixth highest set indoors.

They won the game (5-3). The away game versus AIK, about a month later, was tied 3-3, and had a spectator number of 13,124. For 15 years, these two games between AIK and Huddinge in 1993 were the two Swedish national games outside of the top division and the Swedish Championship competitions with the largest spectator numbers, but in November 2008 that record was lost to IF Malmö Redhawks.

In the 1999/2000 and 2004/05 seasons, the team has been relegated to the present third level league, division 1, but both times there has been an instant comeback. In the 2007/08 season the team had to play a relegation league to remain in HockeyAllsvenskan and didn't make it, but was re-promoted in the middle of the summer on the relegation of Nyköpings Hockey. In the 2008/09 season, however, Huddinge once more had to play the relegation league and didn't make it, and in the 2009/10 season Hudinge won their division 1 and Alletta leagues but lost two straight games in the play offs for the qualification league, to Olofströms IK. With neighbors AIK promoted for the 2010/11 Elitserien, this made the 2010/11 HockeyAllsvenskan the first time ever with no team from the Stockholm area in the second level league icehockey.

In 2010/11 and 2012/13 Huddinge reached the final qualification league, Kvalserien, for HockeyAllsvenskan promotion, but didn't make it all the way. During the NHL lockout in the 2012/13 season, goaltender Jhonas Enroth practised with the club and played two games, before signing with second tier league team Almtuna IS, playing there until the NHL started. He went on to play in the national team, winning the World Championships in Stockholm, the first time the club had a player in the national team who had played in the club the same season. He was the second player with NHL experience to play competitive games for Huddinge. The first one beig Greg Mauldin, who Huddinge had on loan from IK Oskarshamn late in the 2006/07 season.

The team is most renowned as a "plant school" for the more established teams in the area. Famous Swedish ice hockey players such as Michael Nylander, Jan Mertzig, Mattias Norström have been fostered on the team. Among the 2012/13 World Champions, five players had played in Huddinge. Except for Jhonas Enroth, also Elias Fälth, Dick Axelsson, Staffan Kronwall and Niklas Persson. Persson never in the senior team. Kronwall the only one not fostered in the club. The assisting coach Rikard Grönborg was also a previous Huddinge player. It should of course also bo noted that the legendary supplies responsible Anders "Pudding" Weiderstål is from Huddinge.

In the 1953/54 season, when the club entered the third level league for the first time, it had a tremendously big name in Swedish ice hockey history on the team - Lars Ljungman, the Swedish ice hockey player who has scored the most goals in the same national game, 12 goals when Sweden beat Belgium 24-1 in the 1947 World Championships in Prague.

Peter Forsberg made his debut game with the senior team for his Swedish club Modo Hockey, when they played Huddinge away, on March 4, 1990.

Season-by-season[edit]

List of Huddinge IK seasons
Season Level Division Record Avg.
home
atnd.
Notes Ref.
Position W-T-L
W-OT-L
1997–98 Tier 2 Division 1 2nd 13–3–2 [citation needed]
Allsvenskan 8th 1–4–9 [citation needed]
1998–99 Tier 2 Division 1 2nd 19–4–5 [citation needed]
Allsvenskan 7th 3–3–8 [citation needed]
1999–00 Tier 2 Allsvenskan North 11th 7–4–21 526 Allsvenskan spun off as new 2nd-tier league. [1]
Allsvenskan North spring 8th 3–2–9 275 Decrease Relegated to Division 1 [1]
2000–01 Tier 3 Division 1 2nd 22–2–4 Increase Promoted to Allsvenskan [1]
2001–02 Tier 2 Allsvenskan North 9th 11–2–19 453 [1]
Allsvenskan North spring 4th 5–4–5 320
2002–03 Tier 2 Allsvenskan North 7th 9–7–12 580 [1]
Allsvenskan North spring 2nd 10–2–2 367
2003–04 Tier 2 Allsvenskan North 10th 6–8–18 452 [1]
Allsvenskan North spring 5th 6–2–6 336
2004–05 Tier 2 Allsvenskan South 11th 6–6–18 363 [1]
Allsvenskan South spring 7th 2–2–8 374 Decrease Relegated to Division 1
2005–06 Tier 3 Division 1D 1st 28–5–3 311 [1]
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 1st 5–0–3 790 Increase Promoted to HockeyAllsvenskan
2006–07 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 16th 7–9–29 410 [1]
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 1st 4–3–1 566
2007–08 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 15th 12–6–27 505 [1]
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 3rd 3–1–4 448
2008–09 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 14th 9–11–25 536 [1]
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 4th 4–2–4 369
2009–10 Tier 3 Division 1D 1st 16–2–4 281 [1]
AllEttan Central 1st 11–2–1 313 Bye to third round of playoffs
Playoff to HockeyAllsvenskan qual. 0–2 742 Lost third round, 0–2 in games vs Olofström
2010–11 Tier 3 Division 1D 1st 19–3–5 255 [1]
AllEttan Central 1st 12–0–2 283
Playoff to HockeyAllsvenskan qual. 2–0 1,327 Won third round 2–0 in games vs Kiruna
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 4th 5–1–4 785
2011–12 Tier 3 Division 1D 5th 14–2–2–9 220 [1]
1D continuation 1st 11–2–0–2 196
Playoff to HockeyAllsvenskan qual. 3–3 747 Round 1: 2–1 vs Hudiksvall
Round 2: 1–2 vs Asplöven
2012–13 Tier 3 Division 1D 3rd 16–1–10 289 [1]
AttEttan Central 2nd 8–5–1 286 Bye to 2nd round of playoffs
Playoff to HockeyAllsvenskan qual. 4–1 722 Round 2: 2–1 vs KRIF
Round 3: 2–0 vs Visby/Roma
HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier 5th 2–2–0–6 731
2013–14 Tier 3 Division 1D 1st 19–4–1–3 268 [2]
AllEttan Central 4th 8–0–3–3 894 [3]
Playoff to HA qualifier 2–0–1–2 469 Round 1: 2–1 vs Wings HC Arlanda
Round 2: 0–2 vs Visby/Roma HK
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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Swedish Ice Hockey Association: Official statistics.
  2. ^ "2013–14: Division 1: Division 1 D". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 
  3. ^ "2013–14: Division 1: Allettan Mellan". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 
  4. ^ "2013–14: Division 1: Playoff till Allsv. kval". Swedish Ice Hockey Association.