Sparta Warriors

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Sparta Warriors
Sparta Warriors logo.png
City Sarpsborg, Norway
League GET-ligaen
Founded 1958; 59 years ago (1958)
Home arena Sparta Amfi
Colors Blue, white and gold
              
General manager Jonas Elofsson
Head coach Lenny Eriksson
Captain Niklas Roest
Website http://www.sparta.no/
Championships
Regular season titles 4
Playoff championships 1984, 1989, 2011

Ishockeyklubben Sparta Sarpsborg, commonly referred to as the Sparta Warriors, is a Norwegian ice hockey team based in Sarpsborg, Norway. They currently play in the GET League. They play their home games in the Sparta Amfi arena. The team colours are blue and white.

History[edit]

The ice hockey department of IL Sparta was founded in 1958, and got off to a fantastic start when Norway's first indoor hockey arena Sparta Amfi was opened in 1963. Within only three years, they earned promotion to the first division as the first team outside Oslo. It was only to be a short stint, and through most part of the late 1960s and 1970s, Sparta spent their time in the second division, with the odd visit to the top flight.

The 1980s was to be Sparta's greatest decade. Under the leadership of coach Lasse Bäckman and strengthened by several strong signings from other Norwegian clubs, and a couple of Swedish stars, they claimed the Norwegian Championships in 1984. The feat was repeated in 1989, when the club beat heavily favoured Trondheim in the final after claiming the last playoff spot in the last rounds of the league.

The success proved costly for the club, and in 1995, after years of economical problems, Sparta had to file for bankruptcy, the only sports club in Norway ever to do so. This meant that they had to start from scratch in the third division, and they lost their best players to other clubs in Norway. However, many of them came back to Sparta. They made the stay a short one, and in 1997 they were back in the Eliteserien, where they have remained since.

As of December 2007, Sparta once again assumed the top of the league table, closer to winning a title in Norwegian hockey, since the 1980s.

In the 2008/09 season, the team won the league and won silver in the Norwegian Championship after being defeated by Vålerenga.

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Sparta Warriors. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Sparta Warriors 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 22 16 5 2 166 112 75 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 3-4 (Lillehammer)
2012–13 Eliteserien 45 19 13 8 5 151 136 78 4th Lost in Semi-finals, 1-4 (Vålerenga)
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 23 16 3 3 136 104 78 4th Lost in Quarter-finals, 1-4 (Storhamar)
2014–15 Eliteserien 45 26 14 0 5 176 122 83 3rd Lost in Semi-finals, 1-4 (Storhamar)
2015–16 Eliteserien 45 24 12 5 4 172 138 86 4th Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Storhamar)

Current roster[edit]

As of November 27nd, 2016.

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born Place of Birth
1 Norway Jens Kristian Lillegrend L 01.05.1997 Sarpsborg, Norway
30 Sweden Samuel Ward L 19.01.1995 Nyköping, Sweden
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
4 Norway Kristian Østby - 30.01.1996 Sarpsborg, Norway
5 Sweden Simon Löf R 13.03.1991 Gävle, Sweden
12 Canada Graeme McCormack R 22.04.1991 Thunder Bay, Canada
17 Norway Patrick André Bovim R 24.04.1988 Oslo, Norway
24 Sweden Kalle Ekelund R 25.07.1990 Nybro, Sweden
51 Norway Christopher Henriksen L 21.07.1985 Oslo, Norway
52 Norway Marius Hagberg R 05.02.1989 Fredrikstad, Norway
65 Norway Andreas Klavestad R 29.11.1995 Sarpsborg, Norway
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
10 Sweden Joachim Nermark L 12.05.1993 Sunne, Sweden
11 Sweden Patrick Eriksson L 06.02.1990 Malung, Sweden
14 Norway Henrik Knold L 08.11.1996 Sarpsborg, Norway
16 Norway Herman Kopperud L 17.04.1996 Fredrikstad, Norway
19 Sweden Daniel Öhrn L 27.01.1993 Sundsvall, Sweden
22 Norway Sander Thoresen R 15.12.1999 Sarpsborg, Norway
28 Norway Niklas Roest L 03.08.1986 Oslo, Norway
48 Norway Michael Stenersen R 09.03.1992 Fredrikstad, Norway
69 Sweden Henrik Malmström L 26.08.1978 Kristianstad, Sweden
71 Norway Håkon Imset Stormli L 12.08.1995 Trondheim, Norway
12 Canada Markus Gerbrandt L 02.08.1991 Edmonton, Canada
89 Norway Eirik Børresen L 07.08.1991 Vang, Norway
95 Norway Didrik Nøkleby Svendsen L 18.01.1995 Sarpsborg, Norway

Famous 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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