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Malmö Redhawks

The Malmö Redhawks is an ice hockey club from Malmö, Sweden. The team is currently playing in the second highest league in Sweden, HockeyAllsvenskan. Malmö has played 16 seasons in the top Swedish league Elitserien (1990–91 to 2004–05 and 2006–07).

History

The team was founded on February 28, 1972 when the ice hockey section of the Swedish sports club Malmö FF became an own club. The Malmö Redhawks played in the Elitserien from 1990–91 to 2004–05. They were the Swedish champions in 1992 and 1994 and European champions in 1992.

The Redhawks, previously know as "MIF" became famous in Sweden when they started buying very talented players to an anonymous team in the late eighties. They signed players such as Peter "Pekka" Lindmark, one of the greatest goaltenders all-time, Daniel Rydmark and Raimo Helminen and basically brought money into the sport in Sweden.

At the end of the 2004–05 season, the Redhawks played in the qualification series to stay in Elitserien, lost and were relegated. Thus, as of the 2005–06 season, they played in the HockeyAllsvenskan, the second division hockey league in Sweden; at the end of the season, the top 4 teams played the qualification series with the bottom two teams of Elitserien. Malmö won the qualification round and played in Elitserien during the 2006-2007 season with limited success. Finishing the season as 12th (last) meant playing Kvalserien in order to avoid relegation for the second time in three years. On April 1 2007, the Redhawks finished third in Kvalserien and was relegated to the Allsvenskan league.

In the season 2008–09, Malmö Redhawks will move to the new Malmö Arena. It is to be a top-modern sports and entertainment arena. The club was focused on getting back to the Elite League in time for the premiere.

Kvalserien 2007

Malmö Redhawks participated in a Qualification series consisting of the top four teams of HockeyAllsvenskan and the bottom two teams from Elitserien. Malmö were considered favourites alongside the second team representing Elitserien, Skellefteå AIK, to be crowned champions for the second year running.

Notable Players

The team has had players like:

All with experience from their respective national teams.

Current roster

As of March 2, 2007.

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