Sparta Warriors

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Sparta Warriors
Sparta Warriors logo.png
CitySarpsborg, Norway
Founded1958; 61 years ago (1958)
Home arenaSparta Amfi
ColorsBlue, white and gold
General managerJonas Elofsson
Head coachSjur Robert Nilsen
CaptainNiklas Roest
AffiliatesComet Halden (1. div)
Regular season titles4
Playoff championships1984, 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.


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
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)
2016–17 Eliteserien 45 18 20 1 6 128 111 62 8th Lost in Semi-finals, 0–4 (Stavanger)
2017–18 Eliteserien 45 35 7 0 3 152 109 93 2nd Lost in Semi-finals, 0–4 (Lillehammer)

Current roster[edit]

Updated 31 December 2018[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Canada Scott Allen LW L 28 2018 Edmonton, Canada
89 Norway Marcus Bryhnisveen C L 24 2018 Oslo, Norway
62 Sweden Martin Grönberg C/LW L 25 2018 Falun, Sweden
51 Norway Christopher Henriksen D L 33 2015 Oslo, Norway
23 Norway Niclas Jessesen D R 19 2016
26 Norway Tim-Robin Johnsgård RW R 25 2017
85 Norway Christoffer Karlsen RW R 21 2016 Sarpsborg, Norway
5 Norway Andreas Klavestad D R 23 2015 Sarpsborg, Norway
14 Norway Henrik Knold C L 22 2014 Sarpsborg, Norway
16 Norway Herman Kopperud W L 23 2016 Fredrikstad, Norway
91 Norway Tommy Kristiansen W R 29 2017 Sarpsborg, Norway
9 Norway Emil Martinsen Lilleberg D L 18 2018
1 Norway Jens Kristian Lillegrend G L 22 2014 Sarpsborg, Norway
6 Norway Jonas Meisingset D L 19 2016
20 Norway Magnus Nilsen C R 24 2017 Sarpsborg, Norway
13 Norway Håkon Løken Pettersen D L 20 2016 Fredrikstad, Norway
8 Canada Peter Quenneville C/RW R 25 2018 Edmonton, Canada
28 Norway Niklas Roest LW L 32 2014 Oslo, Norway
71 Norway Håkon Imset Stormli LW L 23 2015 Trondheim, Norway
95 Norway Didrik Svendsen W L 24 2012 Sarpsborg, Norway
63 Norway Mikkel Sørgaard C/D L 26 2018 Sarpsborg, Norway
22 Norway Sander Thorsen C/RW R 19 2015 Sarpsborg, Norway
90 Sweden Samuel Ward G L 24 2016 Nyköping, Sweden
25 United States Dylan Zink D L 26 2018 Madison, United States
4 Norway Kristian Østby D L 23 2013 Sarpsborg, Norway

Records and statistics[edit]

Scoring leader statistics for regular season only. Matches played statistic includes playoff games.

  •      – current active player

Famous players[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
  2. ^ "Sparta Warriors: Spillere" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  3. ^ " - Sparta Warriors". Retrieved 2018-12-31.

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