Luleå HF/MSSK

Luleå Hockey/MSSK is a Swedish professional ice hockey team based in Luleå, in northern Sweden. They currently play in the Swedish Women's Hockey League (SDHL), the top-tier of women's ice hockey in Sweden. They are the most successful club in SDHL history, having been regular season champions for four consecutive years, 2015–2019, and winning the Swedish Championship five times in seven years, 2016 to 2022.

Luleå Hockey/MSSK
2021–22 SDHL season
Lulea Hockey logo.svg
CityLuleå, Sweden
LeagueSwedish Women's Hockey League
Founded2015 (2015)
Home arenaCoop Norrbotten Arena
ColorsRed, black, white, yellow
       
General managerKlas Gustafsson
Head coachMikael Forsberg
CaptainJenni Hiirikoski
Websitewww.luleahockey.se
Championships
Regular season titles5 (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
Playoff championships5 (2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
Current uniform
Luleå Hockey MSSK uniform 2020.jpeg

HistoryEdit

The team was formed in 2015, after a merger between Luleå HF and Munksund Skuthamn SK (MSSK). In October 2016, the club set an SDHL attendance record with 3150 spectators for a match against Norrland rivals Modo Hockey.[1]

After winning the Swedish Championship in 2018, they played against that year's Isobel Cup winners, the Metropolitan Riveters of the NWHL, in the first-ever Champions Cup for women's hockey.[2] Luleå won the match 4-2.[3] In November that year, the club again set a new record for SDHL attendance, with 6220 spectators for a match against AIK IF.[4]

In 2019, the club hired Mikael Forsberg to replace Fredrik Glader, who had served as head coach for the first four seasons of the club's existence.[5]

Players and personnelEdit

2021–22 rosterEdit

As of 11 October 2021[6][7]
No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
97   Fanny Aneborn F L 19 2019
31   Frida Axell G L 21 2021 Göteborg, Västergötland, Sweden
23   Pernilla Forsgren D L 23 2015 Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden
5   Johanna Fällman D L 31 2015 Luleå, Norrbotten, Sweden
30   Sara Grahn G L 33 2018 Örebro, Närke, Sweden
6   Jenni Hiirikoski D L 35 2016 Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa, Finland
25   Wilma Hjelm F L 19 2019
43   Aino Karppinen (L) D L 23 2021 Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
20   Klara Kenttälä F L 17 2020 Täby, Uppland, Sweden
71   Anna Kjellbin D R 28 2021 Gothenburg, Sweden
21   Astrid Lindeberg D L 17 2021 Stocksund, Uppland, Sweden
16   Petra Nieminen F L 23 2018 Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
1   Emmy Nordström Åmark G L 18 2020
11   Josefine Høegh Persson F L 28 2016 Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark
67   Linn Peterson F L 28 2018 Mariestad, Västergötland, Sweden
13   Jenna Pirttijärvi (L) F L 28 2020
24   Noemi Ryhner   F L 22 2021 Schwyz, Switzerland
88   Ronja Savolainen D L 24 2016 Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
7   Tilde Sjödin F L 17 2020
14   Wilma Sjölund F R 19 2019 Sundsvall, Medelpad, Sweden
17   Sofia Skriver F L 18 2019 Silkeborg, Midtjylland, Denmark
40   Noora Tulus F R 26 2016 Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland
42   Viivi Vainikka F L 20 2020 Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland
19   Lisa Östman F L 19 2021

Coaching staff and team personnel

Team captainsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Season-by-season resultsEdit

This is a partial list of the last six seasons completed by Luleå. Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points. Top Scorer: Points (Goals+Assists)

Season League Regular season Post season results
Finish GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Pts Top scorer
2015-16 SDHL 1st 36 27 2 2 5 161 60 87   M. Karvinen 79 (37+42) Won Championship, 2-1 (Linköping HC)
2016-17 SDHL 1st 36 32 0 0 4 168 52 96   M. Karvinen 70 (30+40) Lost semi-finals, 0-2 (HV71)
2017-18 SDHL 1st 36 29 3 2 2 160 58 95   M. Karvinen 68 (30+38) Won Championship, 2-1 (Linköping HC)
2018-19 SDHL 1st 36 30 1 1 4 166 52 93   J. Hiirikoski 63 (19+44) Won Championship, 3-2 (Linköping HC)
2019-20 SDHL 2nd 36 24 4 1 7 141 61 81   P. Nieminen 55 (25+30) Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020-21 SDHL 1st 36 32 1 1 2 159 52 99   M. Cava 66 (29+37) Won Championship, 3-0 (Brynäs IF)

Franchise records and leadersEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • Most goals in a season: Michelle Karvinen, 37 (2015–16)
  • Most assists in a season: Jenni Hiirikoski, 44 (2018–19)
  • Most points in a season: Michelle Karvinen, 79 (2015–16)
  • Most points in a season, defenseman: Jenni Hiirikoski, 63 (2018–19)
  • Best save percentage in a season, over ten games played: Sara Grahn, .932 (2018–19)
  • Best goals against average in a season, over ten games played: Maria Omberg, 1.65 (2015–16 & 2017–18)
  • Most shutouts in a career: Maria Omberg, 25
  • Most penalty minutes in a career: Ronja Savolainen, 149

Scoring leadersEdit

The top-ten point-scorers (goals + assists) of Luleå Hockey/MSSK.[8]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = 2021–22 Luleå Hockey/MSSK player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
  Michelle Karvinen W 152 141 173 314 2.07
  Emma Nordin C 156 118 134 252 1.62
  Jenni Hiirikoski D 140 65 138 203 1.45
  Noora Tulus RW 124 41 72 118 0.95
  Ronja Savolainen D 135 46 72 118 0.87
  Rebecca Stenberg LW 98 35 50 85 0.87
  Emma Eliasson D 70 21 61 82 1.17
  Petra Nieminen C 70 38 41 79 1.13
  Josefine Høegh Persson W 133 31 44 75 0.56
  Linn Peterson RW/C 100 29 46 75 0.75

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rönnkvist, Ronnie (14 October 2016). "Landslagsstjärnan imponerad av publikrekordet: "Som en SHL-match"". HockeySverige (in Swedish). Retrieved 7 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Foster, Meredith (2 April 2018). "Luleå HF Win SDHL Championship". The Ice Garden. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  3. ^ Oliver, Nathaniel (1 October 2018). "5 Champions Cup Takeaways: Metropolitan Riveters vs Luleå HF/MSSK". The Hockey Writers. Retrieved 7 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Funqvis, Sixten (16 November 2018). "Nytt publikrekord i SDHL". HockeySverige (in Swedish). Retrieved 7 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Nilsson, Jonathan (29 September 2019). ""Man slår upp telefonboken och vill ringa pappa – men det går inte att nå honom"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 7 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Luleå Hockey/MSSK spelartrupp, 2021–22". Luleå Hockey (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Luleå HF (W): 2020-2021 Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 11 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "All Time Regular Season Player Stats for Luleå HF (W)". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 8 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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