Vålerenga Ishockey

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Vålerenga Ishockey
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City Oslo, Norway
League GET-ligaen
Founded 1947; 71 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
Affiliates Grüner Ishockey
(1. div)
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: [²vɔːlərəŋɑ] or [²vɔːɽ̍əŋɑ] (About this sound listen); 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 old home arena is Jordal Amfi, located in central-eastern Oslo. A new arena at Jordal is currently under construction to replace the old arena, which was built for the 1952 Winter Olympics. The team's present head coach is Roy Johansen. The General Manager is Espen "Shampo" Knutsen, a former NHL player and club legend.

History[edit]

Early days[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 won the national junior championships five years in a row.

First dynasty (1960–1973)[edit]

Vålerenga won their first national championship in 1960, taking over the throne from local rivals Gamlebyen. More championships were won in 1962 and 1963. From 1965 to 1971, Vålerenga won the championship an incredible seven times in a row, a feat not repeated in Norwegian hockey since. Notable players from this era include Arne "Mikkel" Mikkelsen, Steinar "Bjølle" Bjølbak, Tor "Jern-Gustav" Gundersen, and notably, Roy "Sleipern" Jansen. Another title was added in 1973, but this also marked the end of the first dynasty as the club faced a generational change.

A new generation (1982–1994)[edit]

Ten years went by before Vålerenga could celebrate another championship, in 1983. A new generation had emerged, and players such as Jim Marthinsen, Roy Johansen, Geir Myhre, Tor Helge "Totto" Eikeland, Bjørn Kolsrud, Arne Billkvam and Jon Magne Karlstad would go on to become club legends. In 1988, Vålerenga won their 15th title. The next season saw the debut of Espen Knutsen, who would later become the first Vålerenga product to play in the National Hockey League.

Recent era[edit]

This marked the start of another dynasty for Vålerenga and the club added several more titles in the 1990s. Kent Forsberg became head coach in 1994 and invited his son Peter and Markus Näslund to play a friendly match for the club during the lockout season in the NHL. The 20th national championship was won in 1999. Notable players from this era include Morten Ask, Kenneth Larsen, and Kjell Richard "Ricky" Nygaard, along with Swedish imports such as Johan Brummer, Patric Englund and Niklas Gällstedt. Six more championships were added after 2000, the last being won in 2009. Vålerenga were in talks to join the Kontinental Hockey League in 2014, but the plans didn't go through.[1]

Vålerenga's home arena through six decades, Jordal Amfi, was demolished in January 2017 and to be replaced by a new arena, projected to be completed in 2019.[2].

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
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)
2016–17 Eliteserien 45 20 16 4 5 135 111 73 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Frisk Asker)
2017–18 Eliteserien 45 18 17 5 5 144 132 69 5th Lost in Quarter-finals, 1–4 (Lillehammer)

Players and personell[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of October 8th, 2017.

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born Place of Birth
30 Sweden Edvin Olofsson L 17.06.1998
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
13 Norway Joachim Sommer Nielsen R 13.04.1998 Oslo, Norway
27 Norway Tallak Lyngset L 21.04.1994 Oslo, Norway
55 Norway Brede Frettem Csiszar R 26.03.1987 Oslo, Norway
69 Norway Andreas Øksnes L 02.12.1990 Steinkjer, Norway
77 Norway Anders Braavold L 27.09.1994 Hamar, Norway
89 Norway Emil Hybertsen L 23.06.1999 Oslo, Norway
92 Sweden Axel Eidstedt L 18.03.1995 Göteborg, Sweden
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born Place of Birth
9 Norway Rasmus Juell L 25.02.1991 Oslo, Norway
11 Norway Marcus Ekberg L 07.06.1998
12 Norway Vegard Aspehaug L 23.02.1996 Fredrikstad, Norway
14 Norway Rolf Thomas Aastad L 23.04.1997
16 Sweden Fabian Gunnarsson L 19.05.1995 Karlstad, Sweden
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
24 Norway Tom Andre Christensen L 23.04.1998
25 Norway Colin Spaberg Olsen R 20.09.1996 Oslo, Norway
35 Norway Martin Laumann Ylven L 22.12.1988 Oslo, Norway
38 Norway Andreas Stene L 03.03.1991 Oslo, Norway
40 Norway Håkon Vaglen R 05.08.1997
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

Head coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Norwegian Champions (26): 1960, 1962–3, 1965–71, 1973, 1982, 1985, 1987–8, 1991–3, 1998–9, 2001, 2003, 2005–7, 2009
  • Regular Seasons (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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