|Nybro Vikings IF|
|Based in||Nybro, Sweden|
|Colours||Red, black, white|
Nybro Vikings IF is an ice-hockey club from Nybro in Sweden. The team was playing in the second highest league in Sweden, HockeyAllsvenskan, for seven years from 2002 to 2009. The team was relegated to the third division, Division 1, during the 2008-2009 season after finishing only 15th in the regular season and only third in the following qualification series with six teams, two from Hockeyallsvenskan and four from Division 1.
The team currently plays in Victoriahallen, which takes about 3000 spectators, though it has very rarely filled the whole arena. Victoriahallen is the fourth oldest ice hockey arena in Sweden, finished 1963. 1984 the arena was rebuilt, but there are plans to build a new arena in Nybro.
The ice hockey club in Nybro was founded 1939 as "IK Ymer", which 1955 joined the same organisation as football club Nybro IF, and therefore also carried that name until 1998 when it became independent as Nybro Vikings. Among many seasons in the Swedish second division, the club has also played two seasons in the highest league during 1968–69 and 1969–70. Club chairman Evald Carlsson was during the 50s and 60s an important personality in Swedish ice hockey and among other things was the driving force behind Nybro getting the fourth indoor hockey arena in Sweden in 1963. In modern days the probably most famous player starting his career with Nybro is Stanley Cup-winner Fredrik Olausson. Another famous player from Nybro is Björn "Böna" Johansson who played 113 games for the Swedish national team between 1972 and 1976 and is therefore the player with the 87th most games for the Tre Kronor. During his national career he played 5 IIHF World Championship's and 1 Canada Cup. He played for Nybro IF from 1968 to 1971, after which he played 6 seasons for Södertälje SK in Elitserien and in 1977 returned to Nybro where he ended his career in 1983.
Other notable players who have represented the club include Swedish national player Finn Lundström.
Division 1F 2011
Nybro currently plays in one of the 6 Division 1-series in Sweden.
The teams in Division 1F 2011 is:
The supporter club of Nybro Vikings is called Viking Support.
- "Nybro Vikings IF on HockeyAllsvenskan" (in Swedish). AHF HockeyAllsvenskan AB. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
- http://nybrovikings.com/a-lag/trupp/ Nybro Vikings Website
- http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=335&order=Jersey&year0= Elite Prospects