Elitserien

elitserien

Elitserien is the premier Swedish Hockey League. It is a Professional hockey league that offer its players.the 4th highest wages in the world. Higher wages can be found in the NHL, the KFL and the Czech Extraliga. Elitserien is also referred to as the Swedish Elite League or the SEL. Both these name are unofficial but commonly used in English speaking publications. The elitserien was first formed for the 1975–76 season but there has been Swedish Hockey championships since 1922. 70% of all players in the Elitserien is Swedish. The remaining 30% primarily come from other European countries but also from the US and Canada. The Elitserien is considered the most evenly matched league in the world and therefore offer a lot of high quality unpredictable hockey games.

Elitserien is home to 12 teams. The teams en the elitserien changes each year based on the teams performance. The two teams that end up at the bottom of the league each year are forced to play 4 team from the second division (know as Allsvenskan) in a tournament known as kvalserien where the two top teams move up to Elitserien.

The Elistserien currently (2011-12) consist of the following teams:

Team

City

Arena

AIK

Stockholm

Hovet

Brynäs IF

Gävle

Läkerol Arena

Djurgårdens IF

Stockholm

Hovet

Frölunda HC

Gothenburg

Scandinavium

Färjestads BK

Karlstad

Löfbergs Lila Arena

HV71

Jönköping

Kinnarps Arena

Linköpings HC

Linköping

Cloetta Center

Luleå HF

Luleå

Coop Arena

Modo Hockey

Örnsköldsvik

Fjällräven Center

Skellefteå AIK

Skellefteå

Skellefteå Kraft Arena

Timrå IK

Timrå

E.ON Arena

Stockholm, The capital of sweden is the only city to have two teams in the Elitserien.

Each elitserien season is divided into a regular season and a play off. In the regular season each team plays 55 games according to a pre-defined schedule. The regular season takes place from late September to early march. The playoffs ends in the beginning of April. The winning team in the playoff is crowned the Swedish champions.

The regular season allow each team to earn points that will help decide which opponents they get in the playoffs (the 1th place squares of against the last place holder and so on) The bottom two teams will, as described above have to play a different tournament to decided if they are to play in the Elitserien next year or if they are to be moved down to the Allsvenskan. Whichever team gets the most points in the regular season are awarded with 1 million Swedish kronor. The second place finisher gets 500 000 and the third team gets 250 000.

The playoffs is an elimination tournament where the teams meet in battles to win best of seven. The winning team in each such bout moves on in the tournament. The looser is eliminated. IF you loose the semifinals you are allowed to play for the bronze against the looser of the other semi final. Whichever team scored better in the regular season will have home ice advantage in the playOffs. Ie 4 of the 7 games will be held in their home arena.

The teams are reseeded between each level of the play offs. This mean that the team with the highest score during the regular season always will meet the team with the lowest score, or the lowest seeded competition in each round. Winning the regular season can hence give a big benefit in the playOffs since you avoid the strongest opponents until the final

Elitserien regular season winners

  • 1976 - Brynäs IF

  • 1977 - Brynäs IF

  • 1978 - Brynäs IF

  • 1979 - Modo AIK

  • 1980 - Leksands IF

  • 1981 - Skellefteå AIK

  • 1982 - Färjestads BK

  • 1983 - Färjestads BK

  • 1984 - AIK

  • 1985 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1986 - Färjestads BK

  • 1987 - Färjestads BK

  • 1988 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1989 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1990 - Färjestads BK

  • 1991 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1992 - Färjestads BK

  • 1993 - Västerås IK

  • 1994 - Leksands IF

  • 1995 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1996 - Luleå HF

  • 1997 - Leksands IF

  • 1998 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1999 - Modo Hockey

  • 2000 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 2001 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 2002 - Färjestads BK

  • 2003 - Västra Frölunda HC

  • 2004 - HV71

  • 2005 - Frölunda HC

  • 2006 - HV71

  • 2007 - Färjestads BK

  • 2008 - HV71

  • 2009 - Färjestads BK

  • 2010 - HV71

  • 2011 - HV71

Elitserien playoff winners (Swedish Champions)

  • 1976 - Brynäs IF

  • 1977 - Brynäs IF

  • 1978 - Skellefteå AIK

  • 1979 - Modo AIK

  • 1980 - Brynäs IF

  • 1981 - Färjestads BK

  • 1982 - AIK

  • 1983 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1984 - AIK

  • 1985 - Södertälje SK

  • 1986 - Färjestads BK

  • 1987 - IF Björklöven

  • 1988 - Färjestads BK

  • 1989 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1990 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1991 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 1992 - Malmö IF

  • 1993 - Brynäs IF

  • 1994 - Malmö IF

  • 1995 - HV71

  • 1996 - Luleå HF

  • 1997 - Färjestads BK

  • 1998 - Färjestads BK

  • 1999 - Brynäs IF

  • 2000 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 2001 - Djurgårdens IF

  • 2002 - Färjestads BK

  • 2003 - Västra Frölunda HC

  • 2004 - HV71

  • 2005 - Frölunda HC

  • 2006 - Färjestads BK

  • 2007 - Modo Hockey

  • 2008 - HV71

  • 2009 - Färjestads BK

  • 2010 - HV71

  • 2011 - Färjestads BK