Swedish Women's Hockey League
This article needs to be updated.March 2016)(
|Most recent season or competition:|
2018-19 Swedish Women's Hockey League season
|Founder||Swedish Ice Hockey Association|
|Claim to fame||Top tier of women's ice hockey in Sweden|
|No. of teams||10|
|Luleå HF/MSSK (2nd title)|
|Most titles||Segeltorps IF (3 titles)|
|Swedish Hockey League|
The Swedish Women's Hockey League (Swedish: Svenska damhockeyligan (SDHL), previously Riksserien) is the elite league for women's ice hockey in Sweden. It was established in 2007 by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and has ten teams.
The league decided to change its name from Riksserien to the Swedish Women's Hockey League prior to the 2016-17 season.
When a game is tied after regulation, a sudden death overtime is played with only four skaters per team for maximum 10 minutes (or 20 minutes in the playoffs). If the game is still tied after overtime, the winner is decided by game winning shots.
The regular season is a double round-robin tournament, with each team playing twice at home and twice away against every other team, resulting in a 28-game regular season per team. After the regular season, the top six teams qualify for the Women's Swedish Championship playoffs (Swedish: SM-slutspel damer). The two teams with the best regular season records in Riksserien are given a bye to the semifinals, with the remaining four qualified teams starting in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, team 3 gets to pick their choice of opponent between teams 5 and 6, leaving the remaining club to meet team 4. In the semifinals the first ranked team chooses an opponent from the two winners of the quarterfinals. The playoffs are all best-of-three series, with the higher ranked team starting with one match away, followed by the remaining two at home.
The two teams with the worst records in the regular season are forced to play a qualifier to defend their spots in Riksserien against challengers from Allettan.
Current clubs (2017–18)
- AIK IF
- Brynäs IF
- Djurgårdens IF
- Göteborg HC
- Leksands IF
- Linköpings HC
- Luleå HF
- MODO Hockey
- SDE Hockey
- Lisa Edwinsson (18 March 2016). "Ny riksorganisation ska lyfta damhockeyn" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. Retrieved 18 March 2016.