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HV71

HV71, often referred to as HV, is a Swedish professional ice hockey club based in Jönköping, playing in the Swedish Elite League Elitserien. They also participate in the Nordic Trophy since 2008. In season 2008–09 HV71 will play in the newly formed Champions Hockey League.

Club history

HV71 was founded on May 24, 1971, as a merger between Husqvarna IF and Vätterstads IK, and took the name Huskvarna/Vätterstads IF but later that year it was shortened to the current name HV71. The club first entered the top Swedish league, Elitserien, in 1979, but were soon relegated. They won promotion again in 1985-86 and have remained in the top division ever since and are as of the 2000s a well-established top club in Sweden. The club has won the national championship three times; 1995, 2004 and 2008. For a few years in the late 1990s, HV71 was also called the Blue Bulls.

Many Swedes associate HV71 with the club's old arena Rosenlundshallen, which was inaugurated in 1958 as Sweden's first indoor ice hockey arena, but was replaced in 2000 with the new and improved Kinnarps Arena. As the new arena was build around and on top of Rosenlundshallen, HV71 practically played its games during the season 1999-00 in a construction site.

On December 6, 2006, HV71 topped Elitserien after a 5-2-win over Färjestads BK, at the same time as the club's two youth teams (under 20 and 18 years old) topped their leagues, J20 SuperElit and J18 Elit. This was an event that had never happened before in HV71's entire club history.

1994–95 season

HV71 won its first national championship season 1994-95 as the last (8th) team to qualify for the playoffs. The club is the only team in Swedish history to win the finals after ending as the 8th team at the end of the regular season. In the 1/4-final HV beat Djurgarden, the team that finished first in the regular season, in three straight games, in the semifinal they came back after having lost the first two games to Malmo and turned the series around to a 3-2 victory, and in the final they managed a decisive sudden death victory against Brynas in the fifth period of the fifth game to win the championship.

2003–04 season

The second championship was won during the season 2003-04 after beating MODO Hockey with a 4-2 game series, Frölunda HC with 4-2 in games in the semi-finals, and then winning the finals with a 4-3 match series against Färjestads BK. In the quarter-finals HV71 set a new Swedish record of scoring the most goals in one period with their seven against MODO Hockey. The game ended with a 10-1 victory. In the final, goalie Stefan Liv managed to keep his goal empty in all four games that the team won, the two last games ending 1-0 and 5-0 respectively.

2005–06 season

HV71 finished the regular season 2005-06 as winner of the league table. For the first time in HV71's history the club faced Mora IK in the quarter-finals, winning the match series with 4-1. In the semi-finals the club was pitted against Färjestads BK. The match series did not have a winner until the last minute of the seventh game. Färjestads BK scored two goals in a matter of seconds during the last minutes of the game and thus ending HV71's season.

2006–07 season

HV71 ended the regular season as the second placed team after Färjestads BK. HV chose to meet Brynäs IF in the quarterfinals and managed after seven games (4 wins and 3 losses) to continue to the semifinals. The team faced MODO Hockey and even with home advantage HV did not manage to proceed to the finals having lost four out of seven games. This meant that HV for the second consecutive year lost a seven games series in the semifinal to the eventual Swedish champion.

During the season the newly acquired defenceman Johan Åkerman was a trendsetting player and also made his national debut for Sweden at the age of 34. HV's starting goaltender, Erik Ersberg, had his breakthrough and played for the national team; and was awarded with the Honken Trophy as Sweden's best goaltender. During the off-season he signed with the NHL team Los Angeles Kings.

2007–08 season

The 2007–08 season saw HV71 winning their third Swedish Championship, second during the 2000s. HV71 finished the regular season as the league champion with 107 points, 15 points more than the second placed team Linköpings HC. HV defeated Skellefteå AIK in the quarterfinals, winning the series 4-1. In the semifinals HV met the fifth seeded team, Timrå IK. HV advanced to the finals after winning the series 4-2. In the finals HV managed to defeat Linköpings HC in six games, coming back from 2-0 down after the first two games. The sixth game went into overtime with HV's newly signed player Eric Johansson scoring the game-winning goal and winning the Swedish Championship.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; Pts = Points; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

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Season GP W L T Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1971–72 7th, Division 2 Did not qualify
1972–73 4th, Division 2 Did not qualify
1973–74 1st, Division 2 3rd in Qualification for Elitserien
1974–75 1st, Division 2 Promoted to Division 1
1975–76 3rd, Division 1 Lost Play Off 2 to Elitserien
1976–77 1st, Division 1 3rd in Qualification for Elitserien
1977–78 2nd, Division 1 Lost Play Off 1 to Elitserien
1978–79 2nd, Division 1 Promoted to Elitserien
1979–80 36 8 24 4 20 113 170 10th, Elitserien Relegated to Division 1
1980–81 36 31 4 1 63 260 95 1st, Division 1 Did not qualify
1981–82 36 32 2 2 66 266 126 1st, Division 1 Did not qualify
1982–83 32 20 9 3 43 198 110 6th, Division 1 Did not qualify
1983–84 32 18 9 5 41 167 111 3rd, Division 1 Did not qualify
1984–85 32 22 7 3 47 241 138 5th, Division 1 Promoted to Elitserien
1985–86 36 16 14 6 38 128 118 3rd, Elitserien Lost Semifinal, 0-2 (Södertälje SK)
1986–87 36 16 15 5 37 103 115 5th, Elitserien Did not qualify
1987–88 40 17 18 5 39 149 166 7th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 0-2 (IF Björklöven)
1988–89 40 17 20 3 37 156 155 8th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 1-2 (Leksands IF)
1989–90 40 16 21 3 35 131 161 9th, Elitserien Did not qualify
1990–91 40 17 18 5 39 142 119 6th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 2-3 (Västerås IK)
1991–92 40 17 16 7 41 151 129 8th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 1-2 (Färjestads BK)
1992–93 40 13 19 8 34 123 149 9th, Elitserien Did not qualify
1993–94 40 15 18 7 37 111 118 9th, Elitserien Did not qualify
1994–95 40 12 19 9 33 117 143 8th, Elitserien Swedish Champions, 3-2 (Brynäs IF)
1995–96 40 18 14 8 44 156 131 4th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 1-3 (MODO Hockey)
1996–97 50 22 19 9 53 178 159 6th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 2-3 (Färjestads BK)
1997–98 46 19 19 8 46 127 145 7th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 2-3 (Djurgårdens IF)
1998–99 50 18 20 12 67 133 148 9th, Elitserien Did not qualify
1999–00 50 18 19 13 75 144 131 8th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 2-4 (Brynäs IF)
2000–01 50 17 23 10 66 147 149 10th, Elitserien Did not qualify
2001–02 50 24 14 12 88 156 140 4th, Elitserien Lost Semifinal, 0-3 (Färjestads BK)
2002–03 50 21 16 13 79 143 142 6th, Elitserien Lost Quarterfinal, 2-4 (Djurgårdens IF)
2003–04 50 27 17 8 95 162 116 1st, Elitserien Swedish Champions, 4-3 (Färjestads BK)
2004–051 50 15 25 10 57 123 163 10th, Elitserien Did not qualify
2005–06 50 29 11 10 102 164 107 1st, Elitserien Lost Semifinal, 3-4 (Färjestads BK)
2006–07 55 25 15 15 93 170 150 2nd, Elitserien Lost Semifinal, 3-4 (MODO Hockey)
2007–08 55 31 13 11 107 178 132 1st, Elitserien Swedish Champions, 4-2 (Linköpings HC)
Totals 1075 231 421 423 1365 3408 3358 6th, Elitserien Elitserien totals

1 NHL players in Elitserien due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

Notable players

Current roster

Team captains

Retired numbers

Club scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in club history. Figures are updated after each completed Elitserien regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current HV71 player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Johan Davidsson* C 525 125 234 359 .68
Per Gustafsson* D 676 111 199 310 .46
Fredrik Stillman D 565 90 197 287 .51
Stefan Örnskog LW 442 106 150 256 .58
Owe Thörnberg LW 369 129 104 233 .63
Peter Ekelund C 584 110 108 218 .37
Anders Huusko RW 309 102 84 186 .60

Elitserien awards and trophies

Source:
Le Mat Trophy

  • 1994–95, 2003–04, 2007–08

Coach of the Year

Guldhjälmen

Guldpucken

Guldskridskon

Honken Trophy

Rinkens riddare

  • Johan Davidsson: 2002–03
  • Johan Davidsson: 2003–04
  • Johan Davidsson: 2004–05

Rookie of the Year


Club individual records

Source:

  • Most Goals in a season: Kai Nurminen, 31 (1995–96)
  • Most Assists in a season: Esa Keskinen, 41 (1995–96)
  • Most Points in a season: Esa Keskinen, 59 (1995–96)
  • Most Penalty Minutes in a season: Lance Ward, 273 (2006–07) (Elitserien record)
  • Most Points in a season, defenseman: Johan Åkerman, 48 (2006–07)
  • Most Points in a season, rookie: Kai Nurminen, 55 (1995–96) (Elitserien record)
  • Most Shutouts in a season: Stefan Liv, 6 (2003–04)

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