Växjö Lakers

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Växjö Lakers Hockey
2014–15 Växjö Lakers season
City Växjö, Sweden
League Swedish Hockey League
Founded 1997
Home arena Vida Arena
Colors Blue, orange, white
General manager Henrik Evertsson
Head coach Sam Hallam
Captain Johan Markusson
Le Mat Trophy 2015

Växjö Lakers Hockey Club (often simply referred to as the Växjö Lakers or VLH) is an ice hockey club from Växjö in Sweden. The club plays in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL; formerly Elitserien), the top-level league of Swedish ice hockey, and made its debut there in 2011–12. They play their home games in the Vida Arena. Their official supporter club is Lakers Lakejer. The club won the Swedish national championship in 2015.[1]


The club was founded in 1997, after Växjö HC went bankrupt that year. Växjö Lakers originally played in Växjö Ishall as their home arena, but prior to the 2011–12 season they moved to Vida Arena. The construction of the Vida Arena was finished in summer 2011.

The club began play in the 1997–98 season. Starting in Division 4, four divisions below the Elitserien/SHL, Växjö worked its way to HockeyAllsvenskan within 6 years, being promoted 3 times. With a perfect record in the 2002 HockeyAllsvenskan Kvalserien, the club qualified for HockeyAllsvenskan. Sensationally, during their debut season in HockeyAllsvenskan, the club acquired Shjon Podein, an NHL-merited North American player who played 699 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. The acquirement was described as "årets värvning" (acquirement of the year) by some people.[2] During Podein's years in Växjö he became a crowd favorite.[3] Prior to the following season, the 2004–05 season, the team also acquired Brad DeFauw, another NHL-merited North American player who played 9 NHL games and 154 AHL games. Both Shjon Podein and Brad DeFauw left the team after the 2004–05 season.

The club would spend 8 seasons in HockeyAllsvenskan and, during that time, reach the Kvalserien qualification for Elitserien three times. Växjö did not manage to promote to Elitserien in the 2009 and 2010 respective Kvalserien qualifications, but after winning the 2010–11 HockeyAllsvenskan season for the first time in club history and earning a third consecutive trip to Kvalserien, Växjö secured promotion to the top-tier league Elitserien in the eighth round (of ten) in the 2011 Kvalserien. The team finished the 2011 Kvalserien with 26 points, which is a record in the Kvalserien history.

The team's former logo

The team formerly used red, yellow and blue as its colours, both in the team's logo and the team's jerseys. On 18 April 2011 it was announced that the club had changed the colours of their jerseys to blue and orange prior to the 2011–12 season.[4] At that time it was also announced that the club's logo had been changed to an orange shield containing the name of the club beneath a lion holding a crossbow – an image from the Småland coat of arms.

Games in Elitserien[edit]

The club's first game in the Elitserien league was played on 13 September 2011, losing 0–2 to Frölunda HC in front of an outsold Scandinavium. Two days later, the club historically took their first points in Elitserien, beating Luleå HF on away ice 3–2 in a shootout, despite trailing by two goals in the third period.[5] Their first home game was played on September 17, against Linköpings HC, in front of an outsold Vida Arena. Linköping won the game 4–2. Former Växjö Lakers crowd favorite Shjon Podein watched the game in the arena.[6] Their first home points and regulation-time win came on September 27, when the Lakers won 4–1 against Modo Hockey.[7] The Lakers' first shutout came on away ice when Modo were beaten 2–0 on 25 October 2011.[8]

Växjö Lakers played the first Småland derby game in Elitserien history, which was on away ice against reigning regular-season champions HV71, on 8 October 2011 in front of an outsold Kinnarps Arena—exactly 7,000 spectators—in Jönköping.[9] Växjö Lakers came out on top with a 3–2 victory in a shootout. Växjö Lakers forward Mike Iggulden scored three penalty shot goals in the game, two of them counted in the statistics.[10]

Season history[edit]

Season Level Division Record Avg.
Position W-T-L
This list features the five most recent completed seasons. For prior seasons, see List of Växjö Lakers seasons.
2008–09 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 5th 22–5–3–5 2,486
Playoff to Elitserien qual. 4–1 2,952 1st round: 2–0 vs Troja/Ljungby, 2nd round: 2–1 vs Almtuna
2009 Elitserien qualifier 5th 3–0–1–6 2,639
2009–10 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 3rd 29–4–7–12 2,493
2010 Elitserien qualifier 6th 1–1–1–7 2,790
2010–11 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 1st 33–5–14 2,749
2011 Elitserien qualifier 1st 7–2–1–0 3,521 Increase Promoted to Elitserien
2011–12 Tier 1 Elitserien 9th 18–8–7–22 5,099
2012–13 Tier 1 Elitserien 10th 14–7–8–26 5,042
2013–14 Tier 1 SHL 3rd 23-7-11-14 5,021
Swedish Championship playoffs 6-8 5,619 Lost in semifinals, 2-4 vs Färjestad BK


Updated January 21, 2015.[11][12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
50 Sweden Erixon, SebastianSebastian Erixon D L 26 2013 Sundsvall, Sweden
9 United States Hennessy, JoshJosh Hennessy C L 31 2014 Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
17 Sweden Johansson, AlexanderAlexander Johansson (A) C L 27 2012 Värnamo, Sweden
32 Canada Johnson, NickNick Johnson RW R 30 2014 Calgary, Alberta
60 Sweden Josefsson, ErikErik Josefsson C L 28 2008 Gislaved, Sweden
71 Finland Kallio, TomiTomi Kallio (C) W L 39 2011 Turku, Finland
19 Finland Kiiskinen, TuomasTuomas Kiiskinen Injured Reserve RW L 29 2014 Kuopio, Finland
2 Finland Laakso, TeemuTeemu Laakso D R 28 2014 Tuusula, Finland
24 Finland Lajunen, JaniJani Lajunen C L 25 2013 Helsinki, Finland
53 Sweden Larsson, EddieEddie Larsson D R 24 2013 Mariestad, Sweden
1 Denmark Lillie, ThomasThomas Lillie G L 19 2014 Vojens, Denmark
4 Sweden Lundgren, NiclasNiclas Lundgren D L 26 2012 Västerås, Sweden
79 Sweden Lundh, PatrikPatrik Lundh LW/C L 27 2014 Stockholm, Sweden
64 Sweden Martinsson, EricEric Martinsson D L 23 2014 Klippan, Sweden
21 Canada Murphy, CoryCory Murphy (A) D R 38 2013 Kanata, Ontario, Canada
41 Sweden Nihlstorp, CristopherCristopher Nihlstorp G R 31 2014 Malmö, Sweden
49 United States Rakhshani, RhettRhett Rakhshani RW R 27 2013 Huntington Beach, California, USA
85 Canada Reddox, LiamLiam Reddox LW/C L 30 2011 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
87 Sweden Rosén, RobertRobert Rosén C R 28 2012 Alvesta, Sweden
22 Sweden Rydahl, GustavGustav Rydahl C L 21 2014 Karlstad, Sweden
29 Sweden Söderquist, RobinRobin Söderquist C L 21 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden
26 Sweden Steen, StefanStefan Steen G L 23 2014 Sunne, Sweden
7 Canada Tambellini, JeffJeff Tambellini LW/C L 31 2015 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
8 Finland Varakas, VilleVille Varakas D L 32 2013 Helsinki, Finland
5 United States Welch, NoahNoah Welch D L 33 2012 Brighton, Massachusetts, USA


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  2. ^ "Änderson om avund" (in Swedish). Lakers Lakejer. 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Shjon Podein har landat i Växjö" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Orange revolution i Växjö Lakers" (in Swedish). Smålandsposten. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  5. ^ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-09-15). "Kallio fixade historisk vinst" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  6. ^ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-09-16). "Invigningsöverraskningen: Podein på plats i VIDA Arena" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  7. ^ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-09-27). "Första segern i VIDA Arena". Växjö Lakers Hockey. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  8. ^ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-10-25). "Seger – och första nollan" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  9. ^ Bosse Johander (2011-10-08). "Historiskt derby i Småland" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  10. ^ Per Johansson (2011-10-08). "Iggulden straffade HV71 i smålandsderbyt" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  11. ^ "A-Lag - Spelartrupp 14/15" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - Växjö Lakers". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 

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