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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).

IF Björklöven
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CityUmeå, Sweden
LeagueHockeyAllsvenskan
FoundedMay 15, 1970 (1970-05-15)
Home arenaA3 Arena
Colours         
General managerPer Kenttä
Head coachJoakim Fagervall
CaptainFredric Andersson
Websitewww.bjorkloven.com
Franchise history
26Seasons in Sweden's highest division
3Swedish Championship Finals appearances
Le Mat Trophy1987

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HistoryEdit

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.

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.

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.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

List of Björklöven seasons
Season Level Division Record Avg.
home
atnd.
Notes Ref
Position W-T-L
W-OT-L
This is a partial list, featuring the five most recent seasons. For a more complete list, see List of IF Björklöven seasons
2014–15 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 6th of 14 19–10–4–19 3,552 [1]
Playoff to SHL qualifiers 4th of 6 1–2–0–2 5,118 [2]
2015–16 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 12th of 14 20–2–9–22 3,472 [3]
2016–17 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 11th of 14 20–1–5–26 3,802 [4]
2017–18 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 5th of 14 20–6–8–18 3,902 [5]
Playoff to SHL qualifiers 3rd of 6 2–2–0–1 4,028 [6]
2018–19 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 10th of 14 16–6–8–22 3,879 [7]

Players and personnelEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 24 June, 2019.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
13   Fredric Andersson (C) C L 30 2017 Gnesta, Sweden
  Pontus Andreasson F L 20 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
  Joe Cannata G L 29 2019 Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States
  Brian Cooper D L 25 2019 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  Justin Crandall RW R 27 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
53   Lukas Eriksson C/LW L 30 2017 Karlstad, Sweden
11   William Eriksson F R 21 2018 Stockholm, Sweden
7   Alexander Hellström D L 32 2018 Falun, Sweden
5   Hardy Häman Aktell D L 21 2018 Kåge, Sweden
7   David Lindquist C/LW L 26 2018 Piteå, Sweden
  Oliver Larsen D R 20 2019 Aalborg, Denmark
79   Emil Lundberg W L 25 2018 Luleå, Sweden
30   Mattias Pettersson G L 28 2018 Halmstad, 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
  Ludwig Stenvall D R 20 2019 Skellefteå, Sweden
52   August Tornberg D R 27 2018 Pajala, Sweden
28   Alexander Viklund W L 28 2018 Piteå, Sweden
39   Filiph Åström LW L 18 2016 Umeå, Sweden


Team captainsEdit

  • John Slettvoll, 1976–77
  • Ulf Lundström, 1977–80
  • Torbjörn Andersson, 1981–83
  • Rolf Berglund, 1983–86
  • Peter Andersson, 1986–89
  • Ulf Andersson, 1989–90
  • Peter Andersson, 1990–93
  • Patrik Sundström, 1993–94
  • Peter Andersson, 1994–95
  • Jens Öhman, 1995–96
  • Robert Ljunggren, 1996–97
  • Peder Bejegård, 1997–98
  • Jens Öhman, 1998–99
  • Christian Lechtaler, 1999–01
  • Göran Hermansson, 2001–02
  • Jörgen Hermansson, 2002–05
  • Mats Lavander, 2005–07
  • Magnus Gästrin, 2007–09
  • Fredrik Öberg, 2009–10
  • Martin Johansson, 2010–11
  • Johan Jarl, 2011–13
  • Mats Lavander, 2013–14
  • Stefan Öhman, 2014–17
  • Fredric Andersson, 2017–present

Honored membersEdit

IF Björklöven retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
9 Aleksandrs Beļavskis RW 1991–2003
17 Patrik Sundström RW 1978–1982, 1992–1994
23 Roger Hägglund D 1977–1983, 1985–1992
27 Tore Ökvist[9] F 1974–1988

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2014–15: Allsvenskan". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2014–15: Allsvenskan Playoffs". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2015–16: Allsvenskan". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2016–17: Allsvenskan". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2017–18: Allsvenskan". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2017–18: Allsvenskan Playoffs". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Allsvenskan: 2017–18: Allsvenskan". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Björklöven roster" (in Swedish). IF Björklöven. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Retired Numbers". European Hockey.net. Retrieved January 23, 2007.

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