2018–19 HockeyAllsvenskan season

The 2018–19 HockeyAllsvenskan season is the 14th season that the second tier of Swedish ice hockey has operated under that name. The series consists of 14 teams playing a regular season in which each team plays each other team four times, twice at home and twice away. This is followed by a series of promotion and relegation tournaments, with the teams finishing first through eight participating in promotion playoffs, and the teams finishing 13th and 14th forced to requalify to avoid relegation to the Hockeyettan.[2]

2018–19 HockeyAllsvenskan season
LeagueHockeyAllsvenskan
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2018 – March 2019 (regular season)
Number of teams14
Average attendance2,713 (regular season)
TV partner(s)C More[1]
First placeAIK
Top scorerNicolai Meyer (SSK)
Promoted to SHL[2]Leksands IF
IK Oskarshamn
Relegated to HockeyettanIK Pantern
HockeyAllsvenskan seasons

Participating teamsEdit

Team City Arena Capacity
AIK Stockholm Hovet 8,094
Almtuna IS Uppsala Gränby Ishall 2,800
IF Björklöven Umeå A3 Arena 5,400
BIK Karlskoga Karlskoga Nobelhallen 6,300
Karlskrona HK Karlskrona NKT Arena Karlskrona 5,050
Leksands IF Leksand Tegera Arena 7,650
Modo Hockey Örnsköldsvik Fjällräven Center 7,600
IK Oskarshamn Oskarshamn Be-Ge Hockey Center 3,346
IK Pantern Malmö Malmö Isstadion 5,800
Södertälje SK Södertälje AXA Sports Center 6,200
Tingsryds AIF Tingsryd Nelson Garden Arena 3,400
HC Vita Hästen Norrköping Himmelstalundshallen 4,280
Västerviks IK Västervik Plivit Trade-hallen 2,500
VIK Västerås HK Västerås ABB Arena Nord 4,902

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 AIK 52 30 5 9 8 172 116 +56 109 Advance to the HockeyAllsvenskan finals
2 IK Oskarshamn 52 28 5 4 15 158 103 +55 98
3 Västerås HK 52 26 6 3 17 155 126 +29 93 Advance to the HockeyAllsvenskan playoffs
4 Leksands IF 52 25 5 5 17 145 128 +17 90
5 BIK Karlskoga 52 23 6 6 17 146 135 +11 87
6 Modo Hockey 52 24 4 6 18 143 134 +9 86
7 Karlskrona HK 52 21 4 6 21 140 142 −2 77
8 Västerviks IK 52 16 11 6 19 136 130 +6 76
9 Södertälje SK 52 19 6 4 23 143 151 −8 73
10 IF Björklöven 52 16 6 8 22 122 146 −24 68
11 IK Pantern 52 16 6 5 25 116 159 −43 65
12 Tingsryds AIF 52 15 4 8 25 116 146 −30 61
13 Almtuna IS 52 15 7 2 28 128 160 −32 61 Advance to the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiers
14 HC Vita Hästen 52 10 5 8 29 103 147 −44 48
Updated to match(es) played on 8 March 2019. Source: [1]
  • Note: IK Pantern decided to withdraw from the league on 31 May 2019, due to financial problems.[3]

Post-seasonEdit

FinalsEdit

The top two teams from the regular season will meet in a best-of-five tournament, with the winner advancing directly to the SHL qualifiers, and the losing team forced to play an additional playoff.[2]

AIK vs. IK OskarshamnEdit

IK Oskarshamn won series 3–2


HockeyAllsvenskan playoffsEdit

Teams 3–8 from the regular season will play a single round-robin tournament, with teams 3–5 getting home-ice advantage. The season is then over for all but the winning team, which advances to the meet the loser of the HockeyAllsvenskan finals in a playoff to the SHL qualifiers.[2] Teams also started with bonus points based on their position in the regular season standings. Team 3 began with three points, team 4 with two points, and team 5 with one point.

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Leksands IF (Q) 5 3 2 0 0 21 7 +14 15 Advance to Playoff to the SHL qualifiers
2 Västerås HK 5 3 1 0 1 14 9 +5 14 Return to HockeyAllsvenskan for the 2019–20 season
3 BIK Karlskoga 5 2 0 1 2 12 10 +2 8
4 Modo Hockey 5 2 0 1 2 13 12 +1 7
5 Västerviks IK 5 1 0 1 3 10 18 −8 4
6 Karlskrona HK 5 0 1 1 3 9 23 −14 3
Updated to match(es) played on 20 March 2019. Source: [2]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Playoff to the SHL qualifiersEdit

In the playoff to the SHL qualifiers (Swedish: Play Off inför direktkval till SHL), the losing team from the HockeyAllsvenskan finals will meet the winning team from the HockeyAllsvenskan playoffs in a best-of-three series. The winning team will advance to the SHL qualifiers.

AIK vs. Leksands IFEdit

Leksands IF won series 2–0


SHL qualifiersEdit

Two teams from the HockeyAllsvenskan and two teams from the SHL played a best-of-seven series, with the winners qualifying for play in the 2019–20 SHL season and the losers qualifying for play in the 2019–20 HockeyAllsvenskan season. The winner of the HockeyAllsvenskan finals met team 14 from the SHL, while the winner of the playoff to the SHL qualifiers met team 13 from the SHL.[2] Mora IK and Leksands IF faced each other for the third consecutive year, in these qualifiers.

For the first time since 2013 and for the first time since the current SHL qualifier format was introduced in 2015, both SHL teams (Timrå IK and Mora IK) failed to re-qualify for the SHL and thus were relegated. IK Oskarshamn and Leksands IF qualified for the SHL by winning their respective series. IK Oskarshamn promoted to the top-tier league for the first time in the club's history.

Timrå IK vs. IK OskarshamnEdit

IK Oskarshamn won series 4–3


Mora IK vs. Leksands IFEdit

Leksands IF won series 4–1


HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiersEdit

Teams 13 and 14 from the regular season will defend their spots in HockeyAllsvenskan in the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiers (Swedish: Kval till HockeyAllsvenskan). [2]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 HC Vita Hästen (Q) 10 7 0 0 3 30 21 +9 21 Qualify for the 2019–20 HockeyAllsvenskan season
2 Kristianstads IK (P, Q) 10 5 2 1 2 30 21 +9 20
3 Almtuna IS (R) 10 6 0 1 3 38 21 +17 19 Qualify for the 2019–20 Hockeyettan season
4 Tranås AIF 10 4 1 0 5 26 35 −9 14
5 Hudiksvalls HC 10 2 2 1 5 21 28 −7 11
6 Bodens HF 10 1 0 2 7 15 34 −19 5
Updated to match(es) played on 14 April 2019. Source: [3]
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.
  • Note: Almtuna IS, despite their sporting relegation, were offered and accepted IK Pantern's spot in HockeyAllsvenskan, after Pantern decided to withdraw from the league in May 2019 due to that club's financial struggles.[4][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "C More förlänger med hockeyallsvenskan". Aftonbladet. 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Seriebestämmelser 2017/18" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
  3. ^ a b "Till alla medlemmar" (in Swedish). IK Pantern. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Ja till HockeyAllsvenskan" (in Swedish). Almtuna IS. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.