IF Björklöven (often simply referred to as Björklöven or Löven) is a Swedish professional ice hockey club in Umeå, Västerbotten, in northern Sweden. The club is currently playing in the second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan as of the 2014–15 season, but has played 15 seasons in the top Swedish league Elitserien (1976–77, 1978–79 to 1988–89, 1993–94, 1998–99 and 2000–01).
|Founded||May 15, 1970|
|Home arena||A3 Arena|
|Colours||Green, yellow |
|General manager||Fredrik Grönberg|
|Head coach||Joakim Fagervall|
|1||Le Mat Trophies|
|26||Seasons in Sweden's highest division|
|3||Swedish Championship Finals appearances|
From 2001 to 2010, Björklöven played in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest ice hockey league for men in Sweden. Although the team finished 12th in the 2009–10 HockeyAllsvenskan season (which meant that the team was set to play in HockeyAllsvenskan the following season), the club was in big economical problems in March–May 2010. The club went bankrupt in April 2010, but got the bankruptcy allayed a month later. Despite huge further efforts by the club to obtain an elite license to play in HockeyAllsvenskan the following season, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) decided not to give Björklöven an elite license and thus the team was relegated to the third-tier league Division 1 for the 2010–11 season. Björklöven was eventually promoted back to HockeyAllsvenskan in the 2012–13 season.
IF Björklöven was formed in 1970 when the ice hockey sections of IFK Umeå and Sandåkerns SK were merged. The IFK Umeå team had already at times been referred to as 'björklöven' (the birch leaves) as a tongue in cheek reference to Canadian hockey and Umeå being known as the 'city of birch trees', and after the merger the nickname became the official team name.
The team was quite successful at the Elitserien (SEL) level, the highest league in Sweden, during the 1980s and won the Swedish championship in 1987. They were, however, relegated only two years later, and since then have not been able to establish themselves permanently in the Elitserien again. Instead, they have mostly played in the second-tier league Allsvenskan, save for a few short stints in the 90s. Some notable players from Björklöven are Calle Johansson, Ulf Dahlén, Tore Öqvist and twins Patrik Sundström and Peter Sundström.
The team has recently had many promising young players, including Alexander Hellström, Alexander Sundström, Patrik Nevalainen, Daniel Rahimi and Kristofer Berglund. Due to lack of funds however, Björklöven lost all of these young players to other teams, although Hellström, Sundström and Nevalainen later rejoined the team.
|List of Björklöven seasons|
|For a complete list, see List of IF Björklöven seasons|
|2012–13||Tier 3||Division 1A||1st of 7||22–0–1–1||2,503|||
|AllEttan North||1st of 8||13–0–0–1||3,085||Bye to Playoff 3|||
|Playoff to HA qualifier||—||2–0–0–0||4,369||Round 3: Won 2–0 in games vs Olofströms IK|||
|HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiers||1st of 6||7–0–0–3||4,747||Promoted to HockeyAllsvenskan|||
|2013–14||Tier 2||HockeyAllsvenskan||14th of 14||13–4–3–32||3,641|||
|HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiers||2nd of 6||6–0–3–1||3,632|||
|2014–15||Tier 2||HockeyAllsvenskan||6th of 14||19–10–4–19||3,552|||
|Playoff to SHL qualifiers||4th of 6||1–2–0–2||5,118|||
|2015–16||Tier 2||HockeyAllsvenskan||12th of 14||20–2–9–22||3,472|||
|2016–17||Tier 2||HockeyAllsvenskan||11th of 14||20–1–5–26||3,802|||
|2017–18||Tier 2||HockeyAllsvenskan||5th of 14||20–6–8–18||3,902|||
|Playoff to SHL qualifiers||3rd of 6||2–2–0–1||4,028|||
Updated May 17, 2019.
|13||Fredric Andersson (C)||C||L||30||2017||Gnesta, Sweden|
|Joe Cannata||G||L||29||2019||Wakefield, Massachusetts|
|Brian Cooper||D||L||25||2019||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Justin Crandall||RW||R||27||2019||Lakeville, Minnesota|
|53||Lukas Eriksson||C/LW||L||30||2017||Karlstad, Sweden|
|7||Alexander Hellström||D||L||32||2018||Falun, Sweden|
|5||Hardy Häman Aktell||D||L||20||2018||Kåge, Sweden|
|7||David Lindquist||C/LW||L||26||2016||Piteå, Sweden|
|Oliver Joakim Larsen||D||R||20||2019||Aalborg, Denmark|
|79||Emil Lundberg||W||L||26||2018||Luleå, Sweden|
|21||Erik Rainersson||RW||R||20||2017||Umeå, Sweden|
|40||Sebastian Selin||RW||R||27||2018||Skellefteå, Sweden|
|71||Oskar Stål Lyrenäs||RW||R||21||2018||Umeå, Sweden|
|19||Kristoffer Söder||C||L||28||2018||Skövde, Sweden|
|52||August Tornberg||D||R||26||2018||Pajala, Sweden|
|28||Alexander Viklund||W||L||28||2018||Piteå, Sweden|
|39||Filiph Åström||LW||L||18||2017||Umeå, Sweden|
Other notable playersEdit
- "Retired Numbers". European Hockey.net. Retrieved January 23, 2007.
- Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2012–13 Division 1 A Archived 2013-07-15 at WebCite
- Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2012–13 AllEttan North Archived 2013-07-15 at WebCite
- Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2012–13 Playoff till Allsv. Kval
- Swedish Ice Hockey Association: 2013 Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan Archived 2013-07-15 at WebCite
- "Björklöven roster" (in Swedish). IF Björklöven.