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AIK (ice hockey)

This article is about AIK's ice hockey department. For other departments of the club, see Allmänna Idrottsklubben#Active departments.
AIK
2013–14 AIK IF season
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City Stockholm, Sweden
League Swedish Hockey League
Founded 1921 (1891)
Home arena Hovet, Stockholm
Colors Black, yellow
         
General manager Anders Gozzi
Head coach Richard Franzén
Captain Patric Blomdahl
Franchise history
1921–1923 AIK
1925–present AIK
Le Mat Trophy 1934, 1935, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1982, 1984

Allmänna Idrottsklubben Ishockeyförening (abbreviated AIK Hockey, or simply AIK), is the ice hockey section of the sports club Allmänna Idrottsklubben based in Stockholm, Sweden. Both of AIK's senior teams play professionally in Sweden's top-level leagues, with the men's team playing in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL; formerly Elitserien) and the women's team in Riksserien. AIK's home games are mainly played at Hovet, which seats 8,050 spectators, though some playoff games may be played at the Ericsson Globe which has a larger capacity of 13,850.[1][2]

In the team's 92-year history, AIK has played 66 seasons in Sweden's top division, 27 of which in the SHL. They have won the Le Mat Trophy, as SHL champions seven times (in 1934, 1935, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1982, and 1984) and have been runner-ups an additional six times (in 1930, 1936, 1940, 1968, 1978, and 1981).

History

Early years (1921–1977)

AIK's ice hockey section was formed in 1921 by Anton Johansson. The team's first competition was a non-championship series, which they won. However, just two years later, in 1923, the section was shut down,[3] only to be re-founded in 1925.[4]

AIK participated in its first season in the Elitserien in 1930–31. They finished in fifth place and qualified for the playoffs, where they lost to Södertälje SK in the semifinal.[5] The following season, AIK finished in top place in the league, but again lost in the semifinal to Södertälje.[6] AIK knocked out their fierce rival, Djurgårdens IF, en route to clinching their first championship in 1934.[7] In the final, AIK met Hammarby IF, defeating them by a score of 1–0.[7]

Over the years, AIK would face Hammarby many times in championship battles. In 1935, AIK defended the trophy with another final win against Hammarby, this time with a score of 2–1.[8] In 1936, Hammarby beat AIK when the teams both made it to the final. The first game ended 1–1, and in the second leg, Hammarby won 5–1.[9] In 1938, AIK won their third championship with a 2–0 win in the final against Hammarby.[10] In 1940, IK Göta would reach the final, instead of Hammarby, to meet AIK. AIK lost the final 1–4.[11] It would four years until AIK returned to the final, with a chance to win the Le Mat Trophy, in 1945. However, AIK lost in the final to Södertälje,[12] but won the championship in the two following years.[13]

After these successful years, AIK were relegated to Division I and eventually to Division II from 1954 to 1960. In 1960, AIK entered the highest division again, but it would be almost two decades until the team would make another final. During this period, their best result came in the 1965–66 season, when they reached the quarterfinal.[13]

The golden era (1978–1984)

In 1978, AIK were put up against Brynäs IF in the semifinals.[14] In Gävle, AIK lost 2–3, which put pressure on AIK's side in the second leg. 9,155 supporters at Hovet saw AIK crush Brynäs 8–0, necessitating a third game, located at a neutral arena, Scandinavium. AIK won 3–2 and reached the final against Skellefteå AIK,[13][14] who had won both semifinal games against Modo Hockey. In the final against AIK, Skellefteå won two of the three games and received the gold medals.[14]

After two disappointing consecutive seasons, AIK's golden era began. The team finished in second place in 1980–81 Elitserien season and made it to the playoffs.[13] Västra Frölunda IF were their opponents in the semifinals, where AIK easily won 6–3 and 5–1. Skellefteå AIK were seeking to again join AIK in the final. But Färjestads BK won two of three games against them and instead Färjestad reached the final. Färjestad showed strength in the final games and won three out of four games and AIK became the second best team once again.[15]

AIK finished in third place in the following season, eight points behind the winners Färjestad.[13] AIK were faced against Färjestad in the semifinals. In Karlstad, AIK won 5–4 and had a great opportunity to qualify for another final game. Home at Hovet, AIK pleased the supporters by a marginal 4–0 win. The second team to reach the final was IF Björklöven, who were second placed in Elitserien. Four games were about to be played. AIK lost the first 0–2, but the following two games ended with AIK winning 3–2 and 4–3. The team now had a chance to win the championship at Hovet. Björklöven, though, took their last chance and won 4–2. The final fifth leg was played in Scandinavium, Gothenburg. AIK won 3–2 and became the Swedish champions for the first time in over 30 years.[16] The following season, Färjestad exacted their revenge in the semifinals by knocking out AIK with two wins to one.[17]

But it wouldn’t take long for the team and their fans to celebrate once again. AIK won Elitserien in the 1983–84 season, ahead of Djurgården, Björklöven, and Södertälje.[13] In the semifinals against Södertälje, AIK won the final two games 5–3 and 4–3. The other team to reach the final was Djurgården. A final between the two biggest rivals in the Swedish sports was set to begin. The first team to get three wins would be the champions. AIK won the first game 5–2 and continued on with a 2–0 win in the second leg. The final game ended 4–1 to AIK, who were thus subsequently number one again.[18]

Downfall (1985–2006)

The following season AIK didn’t make it to the playoffs and the following year they were relegated from Elitserien.[13][19][20] But their Division I stay would just last for one season.[13][21] In Elitserien, the playoffs now included quarter finals, where AIK in 1988 won against Djurgården. However, Färjestad knocked out AIK in the semifinals.[22]

In 1993, AIK finished last and were relegated once again. AIK had to qualify in a playoff series (Allsvenskan) to stay in Elitserien. But AIK lost two games against Hammarby and were completely relegated to Division I.[13][23]

AIK made it short in Division 1. The team won the Eastern Division and reached Allsvenskan. In the playoffs they finished on third place and qualified for another last playoff. Whilst there AIK knocked out Skellefteå and joined the final Kvalserien. AIK headed first placed Bodens IK in the last game and had to beat them by three goals to be promoted to Elitserien. In a remarkable and among the AIK supporters' historical game, AIK won against Boden 3–0. AIK’s goaltender Rolf Ridderwall saved a penalty shot in the final minutes, which led AIK back to Elitserien.[21]

AIK didn’t reach the playoffs in neither the 1994–95 nor 1995–96 season.[13][24][25] However, the following season, they made it to the semifinals, after having knocked out Djurgården in the quarterfinals.[13][26] Luleå HF, though, won three games out of five in the semifinals.[26]

In 1998, AIK once again had to qualify in order to keep playing in Elitserien. This time the team showed their qualities by winning the five entering games and kept their Elitserien spot.[27] The two following seasons AIK missed the playoffs.[28][29]

In the 2000–01 Elitserien season, AIK played in their most recent playoff series in that league. The team were knocked out by Djurgården in the quarterfinals after having won just one of five games.[30] The following season AIK finished on eleventh place and played in Kvalserien. AIK didn’t finish among the promoted teams and were thus relegated to Allsvenskan.[31]

AIK would spend the rest of the decade in divisions below Elitserien. In the team's two seasons in Allsvenskan before being relegated down to Division I, AIK made it to the Kvalserien both years but failed to qualify back to Elitserien both times.[32][33]

Just before the beginning of the 2004–05 season, AIK were obligated to relegation to Division I due to economic difficulties. AIK finished first in their division the following season and had their chance to qualify to Allsvenskan. Because of the NHL lockout, AIK got strengthen with NHL stars Mattias Norström and Georges Laraque. AIK won their Kvalserien and became promoted to Allsvenskan together with Nybro Vikings IF, who finished second in the same Kvalserien.[34]

The return to Elitserien (2010)

AIK started a massive effort to return to Elitserien in the 2008–09 season, one of the reasons being financial problems. Former Tre Kronor head coach Roger Melin was appointed, and NHL defenceman Dick Tärnström and Elitserien players such as Christopher Heino-Lindberg and Per Savilahti-Nagander, joined the club.

With a second place finish in HockeyAllsvenskan the following season, AIK qualified for the 2009 Kvalserien, where they finished on third place, just three points behind second placed Rögle BK. With another second placement the following season, AIK once again joined the Kvalserien. With only one game left against Växjö Lakers Hockey at Hovet, AIK were on the second and last Elitserien spot with only one point ahead of the third placed team Rögle BK. AIK won the game 2–0 and returned to the top-tier league Elitserien after eight years.[35]

AIK's first season in Elitserien in nine years was a major success. The team were expected by many hockey experts to be forced to play in the Kvalserien qualification for Elitserien, but the team managed to capture the 8th and last playoff spot and thus reached the playoffs. AIK's starting goaltender Viktor Fasth contributed greatly to this success and received the Honken Trophy award as a result. In the playoffs the team went on to beat regular season champions HV71 4–0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, AIK met Färjestads BK, who finished second in the regular season. Färjestad knocked out AIK from the playoffs, beating AIK 4–0 in the semifinals.

In the 2011–12 season, AIK improved and finished 7th and once again qualified for the playoffs. Richard Gynge captured the Håkan Loob Trophy by scoring 28 goals, and Robert Rosén won the scoring league with 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists). Viktor Fasth also won the Honken Trophy for the second consecutive year. Just like last year, AIK were chosen to meet the regular-season champions, Luleå HF, in the quarterfinals. AIK eliminated Luleå in five games and advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year, where they would face Skellefteå AIK. AIK were once again eliminated in the semifinals, this time in seven games.

Head coach Roger Melin and assistant coach Gunnar Persson left the club after the 2011–12 season. In replacement, Per-Erik Johnsson was acquired as AIK's new head coach while Mats Lindgren and Anders Hultin became new assistant coaches.[36]

KHL invitation (2009)

In November 2009, AIK were invited to join the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The agreement would have let AIK join the KHL in the 2010–11 season.[37] AIK organized a meeting with the club’s supporters where the members would make their decision through voting.[38] However, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) declined AIK’s request to join the KHL.[39]


Season-by-season

This is an incomplete list, featuring only the five most recent AIK IF seasons. For a more complete list, see List of AIK IF seasons.

Year Level Division Record Avg.
home
atnd.
Notes
Position W-T-L
W-OT-L
2008–09 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 2nd 29–4–12 3,185
Elitserien qualifier 3rd 5–0–1–4 5,432
2009–10 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 2nd 31–8–13 2,460
Elitserien qualifier 2nd 5–1–1–3 5,387 Increase Promoted to Elitserien
2010–11 Tier 1 Elitserien 8th 20–4–8–23 5,614
Swedish Championship playoffs 4–4 9,402 Won in quarterfinals, 4–0 vs HV71
Lost in semifinals, 0–4 vs Färjestad
2011–12 Tier 1 Elitserien 7th 19–8–9–19 5,450
Swedish Championship playoffs 7–5 8,094 Won in quarterfinals, 4–1 vs Luleå
Lost in semifinals, 3–4 vs Skellefteå
2012–13 Tier 1 Elitserien 9th 16–7–7–25 4,998
2013–14 Tier 1 SHL TBD TBD TBD

Honors

Champions

Players

Current roster

Updated December 5, 2012.[40][41]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
86 Sweden Ahlström, OscarOscar Ahlström RW L 27 2009 Farsta, Sweden
68 Sweden Ahlström, VictorVictor Ahlström LW L 27 2009 Farsta, Sweden
15 Sweden Andersson, JonathanJonathan Andersson C L 20 2011
90 Sweden Aspeqvist, ChristopherChristopher Aspeqvist  D R 23 2011 Huddinge, Sweden
24 Canada Beech, KrisKris Beech C L 33 2012 Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
84 Sweden Blomdahl, PatricPatric Blomdahl (C) W L 30 2010 Stockholm, Sweden
17 Sweden Carlsson, FredrikFredrik Carlsson D L 25 2006 Täby, Sweden
28 Sweden Frisk, AndreasAndreas Frisk D L 30 2012 Solna, Sweden
24 Sweden Holmén, RasmusRasmus Holmén RW L 21 2012
12 Sweden Hynning, FredrikFredrik Hynning W L 31 2012 Stockholm, Sweden
26 Sweden Janmark-Nylén, MattiasMattias Janmark-Nylén C L 21 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
46 Denmark Jensen, NicklasNicklas Jensen LW L 21 2012 Herning, Denmark
37 Sweden Johansson, StefanStefan Johansson D L 26 2008 Piteå, Sweden
22 Sweden Josefsson, DanielDaniel Josefsson D L 32 2012 Tranås, Sweden
27 Latvia Klavinš, EdgarsEdgars Klavinš RW L 21 2011 Talsi, Latvia
31 Sweden Larsson, DanielDaniel Larsson G L 28 2012 Boden, Sweden
93 Sweden Lillieström Karlsson, DavidDavid Lillieström Karlsson W L 21 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
14 United States Little, BrocBroc Little C/LW L 26 2012 Phoenix, Arizona
23 Sweden Liwing, JonasJonas Liwing (A) D R 31 2008 Stockholm, Sweden
47 Sweden Lundström, NiklasNiklas Lundström G L 21 2009 Värmdö, Sweden
91 Sweden Melin, BjörnBjörn Melin RW R 33 2012 Jönköping, Sweden
29 Sweden Nordström, DennisDennis Nordström LW L 20 2009 Tyresö, Sweden
13 Sweden Nordström, JoakimJoakim Nordström C L 22 2008 Tyresö, Sweden
10 Finland Pirnes, EsaEsa Pirnes C L 37 2012 Oulu, Finland
21 Sweden Sandberg, ChristianChristian Sandberg (A) C R 26 2004 Järfälla, Sweden
45 Sweden Steen, OscarOscar Steen C L 31 2010 Stockholm, Sweden
16 Sweden Viklund, TobiasTobias Viklund D L 28 2011 Kramfors, Sweden


Honored members

Award recipients

Guldhjälmen

Guldpucken

Honken Trophy

Håkan Loob Trophy

Elitserien Rookie of the Year

Rinkens riddare

References

External links

  • AIK Hockey - official site
  • Black Army - official supporter club's site
  • Smokinglirarna - supporter site
  • Golden Fanatics Stockholm - supporter site
  • Golden Hill - supporter forum

See also

Preceded by
Hammarby IF
Swedish ice hockey champions
1934, 1935
Succeeded by
Hammarby IF
Preceded by
Hammarby IF
Swedish ice hockey champions
1938
Succeeded by
IK Göta
Preceded by
Hammarby IF
Swedish ice hockey champions
1946, 1947
Succeeded by
IK Göta
Preceded by
Färjestads BK
Swedish ice hockey champions
1982
Succeeded by
Djurgårdens IF
Preceded by
Djurgårdens IF
Swedish ice hockey champions
1984
Succeeded by
Södertälje SK
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