Modo Hockey

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MoDo Hockey
Modo Hockey Logo.svg
CityÖrnsköldsvik, Sweden
Founded27 March 1921
Home arenaHägglunds Arena
ColorsRed, white, green
General managerHenrik Gradin
Head coachMattias Karlin
CaptainDaniel Sylwander
Franchise history
1921–1963Alfredshems IK
1964–86MoDo AIK
1987–presentMoDo Hockey
Le Mat Trophy1979, 2007

Modo Hockey (or MoDo with uppercase letters) is a professional ice hockey club in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The team plays in Sweden's second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan. The club was founded in March 1921 and has won two SHL championships; in 1979 and 2007. The team's home arena since 2006 is the Hägglunds Arena (previously known as Fjällräven Center and Swedbank Arena). Before then, the team played at Kempehallen, beginning in 1964.[1]


Alfredshems IK and Modo AIK (1921–87)[edit]

The club was founded on 27 March 1921 as Alfredshems IK, however it existed without an ice hockey program until 1938.[1] Twenty years later, in 1958, the club joined Hockeyallsvenskan, Sweden's highest division at the time.[1] Alfredshems IK played under that name until 1963,[1] when it was renamed Modo AIK after their main sponsor, industrial corporation Mo och Domsjö AB (commonly abbreviated MoDo). The following year, the club made the newly constructed Kempehallen their home arena.[1] In 1975, Modo AIK joined the Elitserien as one of the premier league's original ten teams. Four seasons later, Modo AIK won their first regular-season championship in 1979, en route to defeating previous ten-time champion Djurgårdens IF to also capture their first Le Mat trophy as playoff champions.

Modo Hockey (1987–present)[edit]

In 1987, Modo AIK dropped the "AIK" suffix to the club's name, becoming known simply as Modo Hockey. After coming off its championship year in 1979, the club spent the majority of the 1980s with losing records.[2] Coming out of the club's junior program, however, hometown stars Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund played their rookie seasons with the senior team in 1990–91. Näslund went on to lead Modo Hockey in scoring as an eighteen-year-old in his second season with the club,[3] while Forsberg became the first Modo player to win the Guldpucken as Swedish player of the year since Nils Johansson in 1964, capturing the title back-to-back in 1993 and 1994.

Former logo

With both Forsberg and Näslund having been chosen as first-round selections in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, however, their time in Sweden was limited. Näslund departed for the NHL in 1993, while Forsberg remained to lead Modo to their second Elitserien playoff final in 1994, where they lost to Malmö IF. Soon after Forsberg's inevitable departure to the NHL in 1995, identical twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin represented the next wave of young talent coming through the Modo system. At seventeen-years-old, they captured the Guldpucken together as co-recipients in 1999, while leading Modo to a 33-win season (in a 50-game schedule) for the club's second regular-season title. As second- and third-overall selections in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, respectively, Daniel and Henrik left Modo for the NHL in 2000. Regardless, Modo became consistent contenders for the Le Mat trophy, appearing in three out of four playoff finals – losing all three – between 1999 and 2002.

Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, many former Modo stars returned to the team from the NHL, including Forsberg, Näslund, the Sedins and František Kaberle. Several foreign NHL players also signed with Modo, including Canadian defenceman Adrian Aucoin and American forward Dan Hinote. Swedish goaltender Tommy Salo (a product of VIK Västerås HK) joined as the starting goaltender. Despite a bolstered lineup, Modo finished sixth in the regular season.[4]

Having played in Kempehallen as their home arena since 1964, Modo moved into the then newly constructed Swedbank Arena, which was partially funded by former star Forsberg and his father Kent, who was also a former club head coach.[5] Modo returned to Elitserien supremacy that season, defeating Linköpings HC on April 14, 2007, to capture their second Le Mat trophy in franchise history. The championship-winning club featured the 2007 Guldpucken-recipient Per Svartvadet, team leading-scorer Per-Åge Skrøder and future NHL defenceman Tobias Enström. The return of Niklas Sundström, who had originally played with the club alongside Forsberg and Näslund in the early 1990s, bolstered Modo's roster as he finished second in team scoring in his first season back from the NHL.[6] An approximate 8,000 fans were in attendance at the Swedbank Arena for Modo's first championship in 28 years.[5]

In the 2008–09 season the team finished ninth in Elitserien, thus missing the playoffs. In the 2009–10 season, Forsberg returned to play for Modo on a conditioning-basis to prepare for an anticipated return to the NHL after having been inactive for a season due to injury. With Näslund back in Sweden, having retired after the 2008–09 NHL season, he correctly predicted that Forsberg would not return to the NHL and finish the season with Modo instead.[7] Several days later, on November 17, 2009, Näslund announced he was coming out of retirement to also rejoin Modo with Forsberg. The announcement crashed the Modo web server as a result of the heavy volume of people visiting the site. As a board member of the club, Näslund also announced he would play without a salary, along with Forsberg.[8] Despite Näslund's and Forsberg's return to Modo, the team finished ninth and thus missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. After the 2009–10 season, Näslund retired again, and Forsberg left Modo again. After Näslund's second retirement, he was named the general manager of Modo.

In the 2010–11 season the team were closer to relegation to HockeyAllsvenskan than since 1990. The team finished last in Elitserien after a very tight battle in the bottom of Elitserien and thus were forced to play in Kvalserien for the first time since 1990 (the team survived the 1990 Kvalserien). After the 2011 Kvalserien's ninth round, Modo and Södertälje both had 17 points. Modo and Södertälje met each other in Fjällräven Center in the final round, for a game that directly decided which team would be relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan. Modo won the game 2–0 and thus stayed in Elitserien for the 2011–12 season. Nearly two weeks later, Peter Forsberg was named an assistant general manager of the Modo organization.[9] Just a day later, on April 21, 2011, Modo Hockey's then head coach Charles "Challe" Berglund was forced to leave the club.[10]

On May 2, 2011, Ulf Samuelsson, who had been an assistant coach in the National Hockey League (NHL), was named the head coach of Modo Hockey,[11] a position he held for two seasons.[12][13]

Women's team[edit]

During the 2012–13 Riksserien season, Modo finished first in the regular season, but were eliminated in the semifinals by Brynäs IF.

NHL alumni[edit]

Although Örnsköldsvik is a small town with an approximate population of just 29,000, the city has produced numerous born-and-raised NHL talents through the Modo system. The hockey-centred town has six indoor rinks, with the Hägglunds Arena boasting regular attendances of 7,000 for Modo home games, marking nearly a quarter of the population.[5]

Anders Hedberg was one of the first Swedes to succeed in the NHL, in the 1970s. In the early 1990s, forwards Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund emerged from Modo's junior system and were drafted 6th and 16th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. They became arguably Modo's first NHL stars. Forsberg went on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 1995 with the Nordiques and the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003, while Näslund won the Lester B. Pearson Award as NHL MVP chosen by the players in 2003. Furthermore, Forsberg and Näslund finished first and second in league point-scoring for the Art Ross Trophy in 2003. Besides the two league-leaders, the 2002–03 season featured 13 NHL players originating from Modo, as well as seven others who were born and raised within a couple miles of Örnsköldsvik.[5] Forward Niklas Sundström also played alongside Forsberg and Näslund with Modo and was drafted 8th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.

Eight years after Forsberg and Näslund's draft selections, identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin were drafted second and third overall, joining Näslund in Vancouver. In 2005–06, Näslund, Henrik and Daniel finished first, second and third, respectively, in Canucks team-scoring.[14] In fact, from the 1998–99 season until the 2016-17 season, no Canucks player has led the team in scoring besides either Näslund, Henrik or Daniel. During the 2009–10 season, Henrik became the second former Modo player to win the NHL's Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP. The next year fellow Canuck and twin brother Daniel Sedin would go on to win the Art ross trophy making it the first time in NHL history that two brothers won scoring titles consecutively.

In 2008–09 defenceman Victor Hedman began drawing considerable attention from the NHL and was eventually selected second overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, matching Daniel Sedin as the highest-drafted Modo player in team history.

Victor Olofsson found success with the Buffalo Sabres upon joining the team in 2019, becoming a permanent member of the team in the 2019–20 season.

Trophies and awards[edit]




Updated 25 January 2022[15][16]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Denmark Mikkel Aagaard C L 26 2020 Frederikshavn, Denmark
5 Sweden Kevin Arvidsson D L 20 2019 Sweden
40 Sweden David Bernhardt D L 24 2021 Huddinge, Sweden
- Sweden Jesper Dahlroth D L 30 2020 Boden, Sweden
27 Sweden Niklas Folin D R 28 2021 Kungsbacka, Sweden
2 Sweden Filip Hasa D L 22 2021 Uppsala, Sweden
6 Sweden Josef Ingman D R 27 2021 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
28 Sweden Theo Jacobsson C L 19 2020 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
- Sweden Ville Jonsson D L 19 2021 Sweden
19 Sweden Erik Jinesjö Karlsson LW L 27 2021 Lerum, Sweden
11 Sweden Jeremias Lindewall RW L 20 2020 Sollefteå, Sweden
10 Canada Tanner MacMaster Injured Reserve C L 26 2021 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
22 Sweden Daniel Mannberg RW R 29 2021 Boden, Sweden
32 Sweden Markus Modigs LW L 30 2021 Vimmerby, Sweden
7 Sweden Pontus Näsén D R 25 2021 Mora, Sweden
34 Sweden Oscar Nordin C L 21 2020 Sollefteå, Sweden
- Sweden Jakob Norén D L 17 2021 Själevad, Sweden
- Sweden Markus Nygren G L 21 2020 Sweden
36 Sweden Sebastian Ohlsson (A) LW L 25 2020 Åsele, Sweden
12 Sweden Oscar Pettersson (A) C R 23 2016 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
13 Sweden Helmer Styf C R 17 2021 Sundsvall, Sweden
37 Sweden Hugo Styf D L 19 2019 Sundsvall, Sweden
15 Sweden Filip Sveningsson LW L 22 2020 Gislaved, Sweden
23 Sweden Daniel Sylwander (C) C L 29 2018 Ängelholm, Sweden
31 Finland Henrik Tikkanen G L 21 2021 Lohja, Finland
33 Sweden Max Tjernström C L 23 2020 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
25 Canada Sam Vigneault C L 26 2021 Baie-Comeau, Québec, Canada
18 Sweden Tobias Viklund Injured Reserve D R 36 2020 Kramfors, Sweden
26 Sweden Emil Wahlberg (A) D L 32 2021 Västerås, Sweden
30 Sweden Isak Wallin G L 24 2021 Mora, Sweden
1 Sweden Tex Williamsson G L 31 2020 Lammhult, Sweden
17 Canada Riley Woods LW L 24 2021 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


Retired numbers[edit]

Banners of retired numbers at Hägglunds Arena.
Modo Hockey retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
3 Mattias Timander D 1993–1996, 2004–2011
4 Nils Johansson D 1958–1970
8 Per Lundqvist LW 1968–1983
9 Magnus Wernblom RW 1990–2004, 2007–2009
16 Anders Hedberg RW 1967–1972
21 Peter Forsberg C 1990–1995, 2004–2005, 2009–2010
39 Per Svartvadet C 1992–1999, 2003–2011

Stars and cult players[edit]

František Kaberle, Victor Olofsson, Kristian Kuusela, Mattias Timander, Per-Åge Skrøder, Alexander Steen Justin Morrison, Victor Hedman, Mikael Tellqvist, David Výborný Martin Hosták, William Nylander, Adrian Aucoin, Donald Brashear, Markus Näslund, Peter Forsberg, Tommy Salo, Samuel Påhlsson, Peter Högardh, Mattias Weinhandl, Mats Zuccarello, Kyle Cumiskey, Tomas Jonsson, Mikko Leinonen, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Ulf Thors [17]

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last nine seasons completed by Modo. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Modo Hockey seasons. Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points. Top Scorer: Points (Goals+Assists)

Season League Regular season Post season results
Finish GP W L T GF GA Pts Top scorer
2009–10 Elitserien 9th 55 16 20 19 161 150 74 Norway M. Zuccarello 64 (23+41) Did not qualify
2010–11 Elitserien 12th 55 17 25 13 147 153 70 Canada B. Ritchie 44 (23+21) Saved in relegation series (Kvalserien)
2011–12 Elitserien 8th 55 19 22 6 146 147 79 Sweden N. Danielsson 53 (21+31) Lost in quarterfinals, 2–4 (Skellefteå AIK)
2012–13 Elitserien 7th 55 19 19 17 135 129 81 Norway P.Å. Skröder 35 (16+19) Lost in quarterfinals, 1–4 (Färjestad BK)
2013–14 SHL 8th 55 18 20 17 131 132 81 Canada K. Cumiskey 28 (4+24) Lost in play in, 0–2 (Linköpings HC)
2014–15 SHL 12th 55 12 30 13 127 176 53 Norway P.Å. Skröder 25 (14+11) Saved in relegation series (SHL qualifiers)
2015–16 SHL 13th 52 13 32 7 119 166 49 Sweden V. Olofsson 29 (14+15) Relegated, lost play-off series 3–4 (Leksands IF)
2016-17 HockeyAllsvenskan 12th 52 16 25 11 133 155 66 Sweden H. Björklund 39 (20+19) Did not qualify
2017-18 HockeyAllsvenskan 10th 52 19 25 8 134 123 72 Sweden E. Molin 51 (23+28) Did not qualify


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  15. ^ "A-laget > Spelartrupp" (in Swedish). 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Swedish ice hockey champions
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Preceded by Swedish ice hockey champions
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