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The 2013–14 SHL season was the 39th season of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The regular season began on 14 September 2013 and ended on 8 March 2014.[2] The following playoffs began on 15 March 2014 and ended on 21 April 2014. It was the first season since the league changed name from Elitserien to Swedish Hockey League in June 2013.[3]

2013–14 SHL season
LeagueSweden Swedish Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration14 September 2013 – 21 April 2014
Number of games55 (330 total)
Number of teams12
Total attendance1,974,388[1]
Average attendance5,983[1]
Regular season
League ChampionSkellefteå AIK
Season MVPJoakim Lindström (Skellefteå)
Top scorerPär Arlbrandt (Linköping)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPJoakim Lindström
Finals
ChampionsSkellefteå AIK (3rd title)
  Runners-upFärjestad BK
SHL seasons

Skellefteå AIK defended their 2013 Swedish Championship title by defeating Färjestad BK four games to zero in the Finals. Skellefteå AIK became the first team to defend the Swedish Championship title since Djurgårdens IF did so with their consecutive Swedish Championship titles in 2000 and 2001. Skellefteå AIK also became the first team since Brynäs IF in 197677 to win consecutive Swedish Championships by not losing a single game in both Finals series.

A number of format changes were introduced this season. Instead of the top eight teams in the regular season qualifying for the playoffs and the teams ranked 9–10 ending their season, the top six teams qualified for the playoffs directly, and the four teams ranked 7–10 played a best-of-three series and battled for the two remaining playoff spots. The two teams ranked 11–12 still had to play in the Kvalserien round-robin tournament in order to requalify for the SHL. Also, the top three teams no longer got to pick their opponents in the quarterfinals; instead, the 1st-ranked team faced the lowest-ranked winner of the two best-of-three series, the 2nd-ranked team faced the other winner of the two best-of-three-series, the 3rd-ranked team faced the 6th-ranked team, and the 4th-ranked team faced the 5th-ranked team.[4]

In Kvalserien, Örebro HK requalified and Djurgårdens IF qualified for the 2014–15 SHL season at the expense of AIK.

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Participating teamsEdit

League changesEdit

Similar to the system in the Finnish Liiga, only the top six teams qualified directly for the playoffs. The four teams ranked 7–10 played a best-of-three series, known as Play In, in order to qualify for the playoffs. The 7th-ranked team faced the 10th-ranked team and the 8th-ranked team faced the 9th-ranked team, with the better-ranked teams receiving home advantage in two games if necessary to determine a winner of the series. The winners of these two best-of-three series took the two remaining playoff spots. The teams ranked 11–12 were still forced to play in the Kvalserien in order to requalify for the next season of the SHL.[4]

From this season, the ability for the top three teams to pick their opponents in the quarterfinals was dropped; instead, the 1st-ranked team faced the lowest-ranked winner of the two best-of-three series, the 2nd-ranked team faced the other winner of the two best-of-three series, the 3rd-ranked team faced the 6th-ranked team, and the 4th-ranked team faced the 5th-ranked team.[4]

SummaryEdit

This season's outdoor game was played on December 14, 2013, between Frölunda HC and Skellefteå AIK at Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg. The game was won by Skellefteå 4–1 in front of 13,452 spectators.[5] It was the second SHL outdoor game to be hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city, as well as the second SHL outdoor game featuring Frölunda HC.[6]

On February 8, 2014, Leksands IF defenceman Patrik Hersley scored his 22nd goal of the season. With this, he broke the previous record for the number of goals by a defenceman in an SHL regular season, set by Jan Huokko in the 1998–99 season with 21 goals.[7] Hersley added another two goals to finish the regular season with 24 goals. He was awarded the Salming Trophy, as the SHL's best defenceman, for his performance.[8]

Linköpings HC forward Pär Arlbrandt finished the season with 71 points, becoming the third player in league history (after Håkan Loob and Bud Holloway) to score 70 points in a regular season.[9]

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Updated as of March 8, 2014.

2013–14 SHL season GP W L OTW OTL GF GA GD Pts
Skellefteå AIKy 55 32 12 4 7 179 121 +58 111
Frölunda HCx 55 29 15 4 7 153 123 +30 102
Växjö Lakersx 55 23 14 7 11 156 130 +26 94
Brynäs IFx 55 19 19 11 6 163 152 +11 85
Färjestad BKx 55 21 19 7 8 143 134 +9 85
Luleå HFx 55 22 21 6 6 136 115 +21 84
-1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 –1000 06.1
Leksands IFp 55 23 23 5 4 118 155 –37 83
Modo Hockeyp 55 18 20 10 7 131 132 –1 81
Linköpings HCp 55 20 24 7 4 174 167 +7 78
HV71p 55 17 27 9 2 146 182 –36 71
-1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -1000 -–1000
Örebro HKr 55 13 25 5 12 119 160 –41 61
AIKr 55 12 30 6 7 124 171 –47 55


x – clinched playoff spot; y – clinched regular season league title; p – qualified for Play In; r – play in relegation series

StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the regular season. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown. Updated as of the end of the regular season.[10]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Arlbrandt, Pär  Pär Arlbrandt Linköpings HC 53 26 45 71 +5 66
Lindström, Joakim  Joakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 55 23 40 63 +15 72
Klasen, Linus  Linus Klasen Luleå HF 54 28 29 57 +13 45
Hjalmarsson, Simon  Simon Hjalmarsson Linköpings HC 55 27 30 57 0 87
Kolarik, Chad  Chad Kolarik Linköpings HC 53 30 18 48 0 64
Möller, Oscar  Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 48 27 18 45 +13 14
Hillding, Joakim  Joakim Hillding Färjestad BK 55 18 23 41 +7 22
Gunderson, Ryan  Ryan Gunderson Brynäs IF 54 8 33 41 +13 14
Arvidsson, Viktor  Viktor Arvidsson Skellefteå AIK 50 16 24 40 +4 59
Rasmussen, Dennis  Dennis Rasmussen Växjö Lakers 52 16 24 40 +6 20

Leading goaltendersEdit

These are the leaders in GAA among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of the end of the regular season.[11]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Rautio, David  David Rautio Luleå HF 34 2019:02 60 4 .922 1.78
Fernström, Linus  Linus Fernström Frölunda HC 32 1765:33 60 2 .916 2.04
Johansson, Lars  Lars Johansson Frölunda HC 28 1533:01 52 1 .912 2.04
Svensson, Markus  Markus Svensson Skellefteå AIK 34 1904:41 65 5 .919 2.05
Munroe, Scott  Scott Munroe Växjö Lakers 36 2107:37 72 3 .913 2.05
Pettersson-Wentzel, Fredrik  Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel Färjestad BK 37 2217:47 76 5 .926 2.06
Ullmark, Linus  Linus Ullmark Modo Hockey 35 2043:30 71 3 .931 2.08
Alsenfelt, Oscar  Oscar Alsenfelt Leksands IF 46 2707:24 106 4 .928 2.35
Larsson, Daniel  Daniel Larsson AIK 45 2604:10 114 0 .917 2.63
Sandberg, Tim  Tim Sandberg Örebro HK 38 2256:11 99 1 .899 2.63

Captains and alternate captainsEdit

PlayoffsEdit

This season, only the top six teams qualified directly for the playoffs. The four teams ranked 7–10 played a best-of-three series and battled for the two remaining playoff spots. Also, the top three teams no longer got to pick their opponents in the quarterfinals.[4]

Play InEdit

The teams ranked 7 and 10, and the teams ranked 8 and 9, respectively, faced each other in a best-of-three series in order to qualify for the playoffs. The better-ranked teams in the two series received home advantage, i.e. two home games, if necessary to determine a winner of the series. The two winners, HV71 and Linköpings HC, took the two remaining playoff spots.[4]

(7) Leksands IF vs. (10) HV71Edit

HV71 won series 2–1


(8) Modo Hockey vs. (9) Linköpings HCEdit

Linköpings HC won series 2–0


Playoff bracketEdit

In the first round, the top-ranked team faced the lowest-ranked winner of the two best-of-three series, the 2nd-ranked team faced the other winner of the two best-of-three series, the 3rd-ranked team faced the 6th-ranked team, and the 4th-ranked team faced the 5th-ranked team. In the second round, the highest remaining seed was matched against the lowest remaining seed. In each round the higher-seeded team was awarded home advantage. Each series was a best-of-seven series that followed an alternating home team format: the higher-seeded team played at home for games 1 and 3 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team was at home for games 2 and 4 (plus 6 if necessary).

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1 Skellefteå AIK 4  
10 HV71 1  
  1 Skellefteå AIK 4  
  9 Linköpings HC 1  
2 Frölunda HC 3
  9 Linköpings HC 4  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   1 Skellefteå AIK 4
  5 Färjestad BK 0
  3 Växjö Lakers 4  
6 Luleå HF 2  
  3 Växjö Lakers 2
  5 Färjestad BK 4  
4 Brynäs IF 1
  5 Färjestad BK 4  

QuarterfinalsEdit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (10) HV71Edit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–1


(2) Frölunda HC vs. (9) Linköpings HCEdit

Linköpings HC won series 4–3


(3) Växjö Lakers vs. (6) Luleå HFEdit

Växjö Lakers won series 4–2


(4) Brynäs IF vs. (5) Färjestad BKEdit

Färjestad BK won series 4–1


SemifinalsEdit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (9) Linköpings HCEdit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–1


(3) Växjö Lakers vs. (5) Färjestad BKEdit

Färjestad BK won series 4–2


Finals: (1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (5) Färjestad BKEdit

Skellefteå AIK made their fourth consecutive appearance in the Finals, following Finals appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Färjestad BK reached the Finals for the first time since 2011, and became the first team seeded lower than 4th in the regular season to reach the Finals since 6th-seeded Modo Hockey made it to the Finals in 2000.

Skellefteå AIK swept Färjestad BK four games to zero and secured their third Swedish Championship title in club history, following titles in 1978 and 2013, the year before. Skellefteå AIK became the first team to defend the Swedish Championship title since Djurgårdens IF did so with their consecutive Swedish Championship titles in 2000 and 2001. Skellefteå AIK also became the first team since Brynäs IF in 197677 to win consecutive Swedish Championships by not losing a single game in both Finals series. Their 8–1 crush in game three marked the biggest goal margin (7 goals) in a single Finals game in SHL history.


Skellefteå AIK won series 4–0


StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the ten best skaters based on the number of points during the playoffs. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown. Updated as of the end of the playoffs.[12]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Lindström, Joakim  Joakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 14 6 12 18 +11 10
Möller, Oscar  Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 14 5 13 18 +10 2
Arvidsson, Viktor  Viktor Arvidsson Skellefteå AIK 14 4 12 16 +5 4
Ericsson, Jimmie  Jimmie Ericsson Skellefteå AIK 14 12 2 14 0 12
Bellemare, Pierre-Edouard  Pierre-Édouard Bellemare Skellefteå AIK 14 9 5 14 +4 6
Karlsson, Melker  Melker Karlsson Skellefteå AIK 14 4 8 12 +9 12
Johansson, Alexander  Alexander Johansson Växjö Lakers 12 6 4 10 +5 14
Rakhshani, Rhett  Rhett Rakhshani Växjö Lakers 12 3 6 9 +1 12
Holloway, Bud  Bud Holloway Skellefteå AIK 11 3 5 8 0 6
Rosen, Robert  Robert Rosén Växjö Lakers 12 6 1 7 +4 2

Leading goaltendersEdit

These are the leaders in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders who played more than 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of the end of the season.[13]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Svensson, Markus   Markus Svensson Skellefteå AIK 14 870:37 20 3 .943 1.38
Lassila, Teemu   Teemu Lassila Växjö Lakers 12 715:51 20 3 .929 1.68
Owuya, Mark   Mark Owuya Luleå HF 3 174:04 6 0 .891 2.07
Starkbaum, Bernhard   Bernhard Starkbaum Brynäs IF 5 303:44 11 1 .936 2.17
Johansson, Lars   Lars Johansson Frölunda HC 5 305:39 12 0 .904 2.36
Pettersson-Wentzel, Fredrik   Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel Färjestad BK 15 876:06 36 0 .921 2.47
Högberg, Marcus   Marcus Högberg Linköpings HC 9 488:10 25 1 .908 3.07

SHL awardsEdit

Suspensions and finesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

  Media related to 2013-2014 Swedish Hockey League season at Wikimedia Commons