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Frölunda Hockey Club, also known as the Frölunda Indians,[1] is a Swedish professional ice hockey club based in Gothenburg. They play in the highest Swedish league, Swedish Hockey League (SHL; formerly Elitserien), where they have played the majority of the seasons during the club's existence. The last time they played in the lower division, Allsvenskan, was in 1995. Frölunda have won the national championship title five times, in 1965, 2003, 2005, 2016 and 2019.

Frölunda
2018–19 SHL season
Frölunda HC logo.svg
CityGothenburg, Sweden
LeagueSwedish Hockey League
Founded3 February 1938
Home arenaScandinavium
General managerFredrik Sjöström
Head coachRoger Rönnberg
CaptainJoel Lundqvist
Franchise history
1944–1984Västra Frölunda IF
1984–2004Västra Frölunda HC
2004–presentFrölunda HC
Le Mat Trophy(5) (1965, 2003, 2005, 2016, 2019)

The club was founded on 3 February 1938,[2] as an ice hockey section in Västra Frölunda IF and became independent on 29 March 1984.[3] Prior to the 1995/1996 season, the nickname Indians was adopted. This referring to the successful years of the 1960s, when fans started to call them the "Wild West" (Västra Frölunda is West Frölunda in English). But as they didn't want a nickname like cowboys or something with firearms, Indians became the obvious choice. On 16 June 2004, the club shortened the name from Västra Frölunda Hockey Club to Frölunda Hockey Club. Frölunda's home venue is the Scandinavium arena in central Gothenburg, which has a capacity of 12,044 people. Frölundaborg is used when Scandinavium is occupied with other events. Frölunda's average home attendance has been the highest in the league for over a decade.[4]

HistoryEdit

In 2003 Frölunda became the champions after a 38-year hiatus. The final game in Scandinavium on 7 April against Färjestad BK was ended by late season recruit Tomi Kallio in the third overtime period.[5] In the 2004–05 season, the club's 60th anniversary and 20th as independent club, the team won the league title, by having the best record during the regular season, and the Swedish Championship. That particular year was notable because the National Hockey League had a labour stoppage due to negotiations between the league and the players association. Many professional hockey players who could not play in the NHL chose to play in European or North American leagues. The largest number of professional NHL players were in Sweden during the season, including Gothenburg native Daniel Alfredsson, who joined his hometown club for the season. This increased the quality of play and many observers said that Elitserien was the best league in the world during 2004–05.[6]

Frölunda set a new Elitserien record on 6 April 2006, by winning the Elitserien playoff semi-finals against Linköpings HC 4–3 after trailing the series 1–3. The season ended with a 2–4 defeat against Färjestads BK in the finals. The second game in the finals Ronnie Sundin played his 685th game for Frölunda becoming the player with most career games for the club.

Frölunda is the biggest winner of the Champions Hockey League, with three titles in 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2018–19.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

 
Fredrik Pettersson playing for Frölunda

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by Frölunda. For the full season-by-season history, see Frölunda HC seasons.

Season League Regular season[7] Post season results
Finish GP W L T GF GA Pts
2014–15 SHL 2nd 55 23 15 17 145 120 97 Won in Quarterfinals, 4–3 (Luleå)
Lost in Semi-finals, 2–4 (Växjö)
2015–16 SHL 2nd 52 30 15 7 169 112 104 Won in Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Djurgården)
Won in Semi-finals, 4–2 (Luleå)
Won Swedish Championship, 4–1 (Skellefteå)
2016–17 SHL 3rd 52 27 15 10 142 114 97 Won in Quarterfinals, 4–3 (Skellefteå)
Lost in Semi-finals, 3–4 (Brynäs)
2017–18 SHL 3rd 52 25 15 12 159 137 94 Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Malmö)
2018–19 SHL 3rd 52 24 16 12 152 134 92 Won in Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Malmö Redhawks)
Won in Semi-finals, 4–1 (Luleå)
Won Swedish Championship, 4–2 (Djurgården)

Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 15 July 2019.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
63   Julius Bergman D R 23 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
72   Patrik Carlsson C/LW L 31 2018 Kungälv, Sweden
8   Viktor Ekbom D L 30 2018 Falköping, Sweden
12   Max Friberg LW R 26 2017 Skövde, Sweden
36   Brandon Gormley D L 27 2019 Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada
15   Anders Grönlund D L 30 2018 Piteå, Sweden
59   Simon Hjalmarsson (A) LW L 30 2016 Gislaved, Sweden
81   Ryan Lasch RW R 32 2017 Lake Forest, California, United States
31   Nicklas Lasu C L 30 2019 Mölndal, Sweden
34   Theodor Lennström D L 25 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
10   Gustav Lindström D R 21 2018 Östervåla, Sweden
20   Joel Lundqvist (C) C L 37 2009 Åre, Sweden
33   Johan Mattsson G L 27 2017 Huddinge, Sweden
3   Jacob Moverare D R 21 2018 Östersund, Sweden
40   Joel Mustonen C L 27 2017 Oulu, Finland
44   Jacob Peterson C L 20 2017 Lidköping, Sweden
55   David Printz D L 39 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
49   Rhett Rakhshani RW R 31 2018 Orange, California, United States
51   Mats Rosseli Olsen RW L 28 2012 Oslo, Norway
41   Niklas Rubin G L 23 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
17   Sebastian Stålberg C/RW R 29 2015 Lerum, Sweden
7   Karl Stollery D L 31 2019 Camrose, Alberta, Canada
28   Johan Sundström RW R 27 2019 Gothenburg, Sweden

Team captainsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Honored membersEdit

 
Team captain and playing coach Lars-Eric Lundvall hoisting the Le Mat Trophy when Frölunda won the Swedish Championship in 1965. Lundvall's jersey number 13 is retired by Frölunda.

Frölunda Hockey have retired the numbers of four players, all on 3 March 2002. The number retired were; the number 13 worn by Lars Erik Lundvall, who spent eight seasons with Frölunda, all of them serving as team captain. The number 14 worn by Ronald "Sura Pelle" Pettersson, who spent seven seasons with Frölunda before suffering a career-ending injury on 14 December 1967. The duo of Lundvall and Pettersson was one of the reason behind Frölunda's success in the 60's and secured that hockey got a strong foothold in Gothenburg. The number 19 worn by Jörgen Pettersson during his two stints with Frölunda. Pettersson joined the club in 1970 and played ten seasons for the club before joining the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. After five seasons in the NHL he returned and played another three seasons for the club. The number 29 worn by Stefan Larsson during his sixteen seasons with Frölunda. With the exception of two seasons, Larsson played for Frölunda his entire professional career.

Two Frölunda players have been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame. Forward Ulf Sterner, played three seasons for Frölunda before becoming the first European-trained player to play in the NHL during his short sojourn with the New York Rangers during the 1964–65 NHL season; he was inducted in 2001.[9] Forward Ronald "Sura Pelle" Pettersson, represented team Sweden in three olympic games and ten IIHF World Championships, totaling 252 games played for the national team; he was inducted in 2004.[9] In 2003, former Frölunda players Christian Ruuttu and Jorma Salmi were inducted to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame.[10]

Franchise records and leadersEdit

CareerEdit

Regular seasonEdit

PlayoffsEdit

TeamEdit

  • Most points in a season: 112 (2004–05)
  • Most wins in a season: 33 (2004–05)
  • Most goals in a season: 181 (2001–02)
  • Fewest goals against in a season: 96 (2004–05)

Scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers of Frölunda HC since the 1975–76 season. Figures are updated after each completed regular season.[12]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;      = current Frölunda HC player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Niklas Andersson LW 548 176 297 473 0.86
Joel Lundqvist C 727 151 252 403 0.55
Jonas Johnson C 513 156 196 352 0.68
Tomi Kallio RW 433 168 180 348 0.80
Magnus Kahnberg RW 587 169 168 337 0.57
Patrik Carnbäck LW 379 133 179 312 0.82
Peter Ström F 472 86 127 213 0.45
Ronnie Sundin D 705 63 141 204 0.28
Ove Karlsson C 294 103 87 190 0.64
Stefan Larsson D 463 83 101 184 0.39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Facts". Frölunda HC. Archived from the original on 24 May 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2007.
  2. ^ Szemberg, Szymon. Västra Frölunda 50 År. p. 12.
  3. ^ Szemberg, Szymon. Västra Frölunda 50 År. p. 170.
  4. ^ "Official Statistics". Swedish Ice Hockey Federation.
  5. ^ Szemberg, Szymon (1994). Västra Frölunda 50 År (in Swedish). Sweden: Sportförlaget. ISBN 978-91-88540-34-8.
  6. ^ "Elitserien världens bästa hockeyliga" (PDF) (in Swedish). Pro Hockey. 27 April 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 June 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  7. ^ Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points
  8. ^ "Frölunda HC current roster" (in Swedish). Frölunda HC. 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Complete list of IIHF Hall of Fame Inductees from 1997 to 2006". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 11 December 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  10. ^ "Finnish Hall of Fame – Honoured Members". Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  11. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=43584
  12. ^ "Frolunda HC – All Time SHL leaders". quanthockey.com. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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