Vålerenga Ishockey

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Vålerenga Ishockey
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City Oslo, Norway
League GET-ligaen
Founded 1947; 69 years ago (1947)
Home arena Jordal Amfi
Colors Dark blue, red and white
              
General manager Espen Knutsen
Head coach Roy Johansen
Captain Brede Frettem Csiszar
Website http://www.vif-hockey.no/
Championships
Regular season titles 29
Playoff championships 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Vålerenga Ishockey (Norwegian pronunciation: [ʋoːləˈrəŋɑ]; abbreviated as VIF) is a Norwegian ice hockey team based in Oslo, Norway. Vålerenga has been the dominant force in Norwegian hockey since the 1960s, claiming 26 national championships and 29 regular season titles. Their home arena is Jordal Amfi, located in central-eastern Oslo. A new arena at Jordal is currently under planning to replace the current arena, which was built for the 1952 Winter Olympics. The team's present head coach is Roy Johansen.

History[edit]

Although the parent club Vålerengens Idrettsforening was founded in 1913, the history of Vålerenga Ishockey starts in 1947, when the junior team participated in the national junior championships for the first time. In the 50s, the junior team would go on to win the national junior championships five years in a row.

The senior team would have its breakthrough in the 1960s, winning the national championships seven years in a row.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, NHL players Chris Mason and Scott Hartnell played for the club, winning both a regular season title and the national championship, with Hartnell also winning playoff MVP during that season. Other famous players include Canadian Stanley Cup Winner Serge Boisvert, Swedish International Johan Åkerman, and Sergei Pushkov, who won the World Championship with the Soviet Union. The club has also spawned professionals such as Patrick Thoresen and Mats Zuccarello Aasen. However, they did not play at senior level for the club. Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund once played an exhibition game for the club, when Forsberg's father, Kent Forsberg was head coach.

The club was in talks to participate in the KHL for the 2014–15 season, and later for the 2015–16 season, but dropped the plans in September 2014.[1]

During the 90s, the club moved to the newly built Oslo Spektrum in central Oslo. However, for economic reasons the team moved home to Jordal Amfi after just three years.

The old Jordal Amfi is set to be demolished in January 2017 and to be replaced by a new, modern arena paid for by the city of Oslo. The arena is projected to be completed in 2018.[2] Vålerenga will play their final game in the historic arena on January 7th 2017 vs Frisk-Asker.

While the new arena is being built, Vålerenga will use Furuset Forum as a temporary home.

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by Vålerenga. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Vålerenga Ishockey seasons.

Norwegian Champions Regular Season Champions Promoted Relegated
Season League Regular season[3] Postseason
GP W L OTW OTL GF GA Pts Finish
2011–12 Eliteserien 45 28 14 1 2 209 131 88 3rd Lost in Semi-finals, 2–4 (Lørenskog)
2012–13 Eliteserien 45 30 9 3 3 184 124 99 1st Lost in Finals, 2–4 (Stavanger)
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 32 8 2 3 195 95 103 1st Lost in Finals, 2–4 (Stavanger)
2014–15 Eliteserien 45 24 15 2 4 178 126 74 5th Lost in Semi-finals, 0–4 (Stavanger)
2015–16 Eliteserien 45 21 16 6 2 122 98 77 5th Lost in Semi-finals, 1–4 (Lørenskog)

Current roster[edit]

As of August 14th, 2016.

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born Place of Birth
51 Norway Jørgen Moflag L 14.10.1996 Oslo, Norway
70 Norway Steffen Søberg L 06.08.1993 Oslo, Norway
Defensemen
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
4 Sweden Henric Nordin R 14.10.1989 Gävle, Sweden
27 Norway Tallak Lyngset L 21.04.1994 Oslo, Norway
54 Norway Tim Mørk L 19.09.1995
55 Norway Brede Frettem Csiszar R 26.03.1987 Oslo, Norway
65 Norway Marius Johansen L 16.03.1998 Oslo, Norway
69 Norway Andreas Øksnes L 02.12.1990 Steinkjer, Norway
77 Norway Anders Braavold L 27.09.1994 Hamar, Norway
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
9 Norway Rasmus Juell L 25.02.1991 Oslo, Norway
10 Norway Mathias Trygg L 15.03.1986 Oslo, Norway
12 Norway Vegard Aspehaug L 23.02.1996 Fredrikstad, Norway
15 Norway Fredrik Csisar R 30.09.1990 Oslo, Norway
17 Norway Esepen Fanøy Salo L 22.04.1993 Oslo, Norway
18 Norway Thomas Olsen R 25.06.1995 Oslo, Norway
19 Norway Jonas Oppøyen L 20.01.1991 Oslo, Norway
20 Sweden Rasmus Ahlholm L 19.01.1990 Sweden
21 Norway Morten Ask L 14.05.1980 Oslo, Norway
25 Norway Colin Spaberg Olsen R 20.09.1996 Oslo, Norway
35 Norway Martin Laumann Ylven L 22.12.1988 Oslo, Norway
42 Norway Jonas Knutsen L 02.04.1993 Oslo, Norway
46 Sweden Tobias Lindström R 20.04.1988 Stockholm, Sweden
52 Sweden Filip Gunnarson L 19.05.1991 Karlstad, Sweden
86 Norway Magnus Fischer L 10.05.1994 Oslo, Norway

Honours[edit]

  • Norwegian Playoff Champions (26): 1960, 1962–3, 1965–71, 1973, 1982, 1985, 1987–8, 1991–3, 1998–9, 2001, 2003, 2005–7, 2009
  • League Champions (29): 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-1999, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2013-14

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

Other notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vålerenga dropper spill i KHL-ligaen" (in Norwegian). Dagsavisen. 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Slik blir Nye Jordal Amfi" (in Norwegian). VG. 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ 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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