Lillehammer IK

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Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb
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City Lillehammer, Norway
League GET-ligaen
Founded 1957; 59 years ago (1957)
Home arena Kristins Hall
Colors Red, navy and white
              
General manager Øystein Tronrud
Head coach Mikael Kvarnström
Captain Stein Tore Bakken
Website http://www.lillehammerhockey.no/
Championships
Regular season titles 0
Playoff championships 1994

Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb is an ice hockey club based in Lillehammer, Norway and playing in the GET-ligaen. Home games are played in Kristins Hall. Team colours are red, blue and white.

History[edit]

Founded on 2 November 1957, Lillehammer IK was a pioneer of ice hockey in the northern areas of eastern Norway. Playing under difficult conditions on natural ice for the first thirty years, success was limited to the odd foray into the second tier of the hockey league. However, they produced some fine talents, two of them brothers Arne and Lars Bergseng, who went on to become two of the best players in the first division during the 1980s.

The big break for the hockey club was Lillehammer's candidacy for the 1994 Winter Olympics. In this process the Kristins Hall hockey arena was built and opened in 1988. The city got its Olympics, and the hockey club their boost. Backed by enormous local interest they surged from the third division to the Eliteserien in only three years, but the success would not stop there. In the spring of 1994, after the Olympics was over, Lillehammer beat local rivals Storhamar Dragons in the playoff finals to claim their first, and to date only Norwegian Championship.

Since the heady Olympic days of the early 1990s Lillehammer IK have struggled keep up the high level people started to expect. Economic problems have on several occasions threatened the club's existence. Today the club is known for a good youth department, helped on by the hockey college NTG, producing players such as former Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers forward Ole Kristian Tollefsen, and Per Åge Skrøder, currently with MODO Hockey in the Swedish Elite Lague.

Season-by-season results[edit]

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

Norwegian Champions Regular Season Champions Promoted Relegated
Season League Regular season[1] Playoffs
GP W L OTW OTL GF GA Pts Finish
2011–12 Eliteserien 45 26 13 1 5 168 106 85 4th Lost in Semi-finals, 0-4 (Stavanger)
2012–13 Eliteserien 45 23 20 1 1 151 130 72 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Lørenskog)
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 23 15 3 4 158 135 79 3rd Lost in Semi-finals, 3–4 (Stavanger)
2014–15 Eliteserien 45 18 21 5 1 140 137 65 7th Lost in Quarter-finals, 0–4 (Storhamar)
2015–16 Eliteserien 45 9 27 6 3 118 157 42 9th 1st in Qualifying for Eliteserien

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Current roster (as of January 10, 2016):

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born Place of birth
35 Norway Espen Johansen L 10.02.1993 Nes, Norway
50 Sweden Michal Zajkowski L 11.07.1983 Łódź, Poland
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Born Place of birth
8 Norway Christian Fosse L 21.08.1993 Lillehammer, Norway
18 Norway Sondre Bjerke L 21.05.1996
19 Norway Håvard Steen R 21.01.1995 Lørenskog, Norway
28 United States Eric Meland R 27.09.1989 Grand Forks, United States
44 Norway Stein Tore Bakken R 13.08.1985 Lillehammer, Norway
46 Norway Aleksander Rindal R 04.09.1989 Lillehammer, Norway
54 Sweden Henrik Rosengren L 16.10.1995 Ängelholm, Sweden
64 Norway Robin Andre Soudsky - 31.10.1996
71 Canada Mike Banwell L 18.06.1987 Scarborough, Canada
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born Place of birth
9 Norway Tomas Laiho Trondsen R 02.09.1987 Lillehammer, Norway
10 Norway Joachim Jensen R 28.12.1991 Bergen, Norway
16 Norway Simen Thoresen L 25.04.1991 Asker, Norway
20 Norway Christer Rudi L 03.03.1991 Lillehammer, Norway
21 United States Patrick White R 20.01.1989 Grand Rapids, United States
22 Sweden Daniel Åhsberg L 14.04.1985 Gothenburg, Sweden
26 Norway Joakim Arnestad-Eidsæther L 01.08.1987 Trondheim, Norway
33 Norway Eirik Myhre Slåsletten R 20.02.1996 Lillehammer, Norway
37 Norway Daniel Karlsen Stensrud L 21.04.1995 Lillehammer, Norway
40 Norway Dag-Morten Wehn L 22.02.1985 Trondheim, Norway
55 Norway Endre Medby R 01.11.1994 Gjøvik, Norway
61 Norway Joachim Engesveen L 24.04.1996 Lillehammer, Norway
92 France Nicolas Ritz L 26.02.1992 Dijon, France

Former notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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