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Modo Hockey
Modo Hockey
League Elitserien
Founded 1921
History Alfredshems IK
1921–1963
Modo AIK
1964–86
Modo Hockey
1987–present
Arena Fjällräven Center
City Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Team Colors Red, black, white, green
General Manager Sweden Fredrik Andersson
Head Coach Czech Republic Miloslav Hořava
Captain Sweden Per Svartvadet
Swedish Champions 1979, 2007

Modo Hockey is a professional ice hockey club in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The club plays in Sweden's premier ice hockey league, the Elitserien. They were founded in 1921 and have won two Elitserien championships in 1979 and 2007. Their home arena has been the Fjällräven Center (previously known as Swedbank Arena) since 2006. Before then the team played at Kempehallen, beginning in 1964.[1]

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History

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Alfredshems IK and Modo AIK (1921–87)

The club was founded in 1921 as Alfredshems IK, however it existed without an ice hockey program until 1938.[1] Twenty years later, in 1958, the club joined HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden's highest division at the time.[1] Alfredshems IK played under that moniker until 1963,[1] when it was renamed Modo AIK after their main sponsor, industrial corporation Mo och Domsjö AB (commonly abbreviated Modo). The following year, the club made the newly-constructed Kempehallen their home arena.[1] In 1975, Modo AIK joined the Elitserien as one of the premier league's original ten teams. Four seasons later, Modo AIK won their first regular-season championship in 1979, en route to defeating previous ten-time champion Djurgårdens IF to also capture their first Le Mat trophy as playoff champions.

Modo Hockey (1987–present)

In 1987, Modo AIK dropped the "AIK" suffix to the club's name, becoming known simply as Modo Hockey. After coming off its championship year in 1979, the club spent the majority of the 1980's with losing records.[2] Coming out of the club's junior program, however, hometown stars Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund played their rookie seasons with the senior team in 1990–91. Näslund went on to lead Modo Hockey in scoring as an eighteen-year-old in his second season with the club,[3] while Forsberg became the first Modo player to win the Guldpucken as Swedish player of the year since Nils Johansson in 1964, capturing the title back-to-back in 1993 and 1994.

Former logo

With both Forsberg and Näslund having been chosen as first-round selections in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, however, their time in Sweden was limited. Näslund departed for the NHL in 1993, while Forsberg remained to lead Modo to their second Elitserien playoff final in 1994, where they lost to Malmö IF. Soon after Forsberg's inevitable departure to the NHL in 1995, identical twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin represented the next wave of young talent coming through the Modo system. At seventeen-years-old, they captured the Guldpucken together as co-recipients in 1999, while leading Modo to a 33-win season (in a 50-game schedule) for the club's second regular-season title. As second- and third-overall selections in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, respectively, Daniel and Henrik left Modo for the NHL in 2000. Regardless, Modo became consistent contenders for the Le Mat trophy, appearing in three out of four playoff finals – losing all three – between 1999 and 2002.

Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, many former Modo stars returned to the team from the NHL, including Forsberg, Naslund, the Sedins and František Kaberle. Several foreign NHL players also signed with Modo, including Canadian defenceman Adrian Aucoin and American forward Dan Hinote. Swedish goaltender Tommy Salo (a product of Västerås IK) joined as the starting goaltender. Despite a bolstered lineup, Modo finished sixth in the regular season.[4]

Having played in home arena Kempehallen since 1964, Modo moved into the newly-constructed Swedbank Arena (which was partially funded by former star Forsberg and his father Kent, who was also a former club head coach)[5] Modo returned to Elitserien supremacy that season, defeating Linköpings HC on April 14, 2007, to capture their second Le Mat trophy in franchise history. The championship-winning club featured the 2007 Guldpucken-recipient Per Svartvadet, team leading-scorer Per-Age Skroder and future NHL defenceman Tobias Enstrom. The return of Niklas Sundstrom, who had originally played with the club alongside Forsberg and Naslund in the early 1990's, bolstered Modo's roster as he finished second in team scoring in his first season back from the NHL.[6] An approximate 8,000 fans were in attendance at the Swedbank Arena for Modo's first championship in 28 years.[5]

In 2009–10, Forsberg returned to play for Modo on a conditioning-basis to prepare for an anticipated return to the NHL after having been inactive for a season due to injury. With Näslund back in Sweden, having retired after the 2008–09 NHL season, he correctly predicted that Forsberg would not return to the NHL and finish the season with Modo instead.[7] Several days later, on November 17, 2009, Näslund announced he was coming out of retirement to also rejoin Modo with Forsberg. The announcement crashed the Modo web server as a result of the the heavy volume of people visiting the site. As a board member of the club, Näslund also announced he would play without a salary, along with Forsberg.[8]

NHL alumni

Although Örnsköldsvik is a small town with an approximate population of just 30,000, the city has produced numerous born-and-raised NHL talents through the Modo system. The hockey-centred town has six indoor rinks, with the Fjällräven Center boasting regular attendances of 7,000 for Modo home games, marking nearly a quarter of the population.[5]

Anders Hedberg was one of the first Swedes to succeed in the NHL, in the 1970s. In the early 1990s, forwards Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund emerged out of Modo's junior system and were drafted 6th and 16th overall by the Quebec Nordiques and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. They became arguably Modo's first NHL stars. Forsberg went on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 1995 with the Nordiques and the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003, while Näslund won the Lester B. Pearson Award as NHL MVP chosen by the players in 2003. Furthermore, Forsberg and Näslund finished first and second in league point-scoring for the Art Ross Trophy in 2003. Besides the two league-leaders, the 2002–03 season featured 13 NHL players originating from Modo, as well as seven others who were born and raised within a couple miles of Örnsköldsvik.[5] Forward Niklas Sundström also played alongside Forsberg and Naslund with Modo and was drafted 8th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.

Eight years after Forsberg and Naslund's draft selections, identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin were drafted second and third overall, joining Naslund in Vancouver. In 2005–06, Naslund, Henrik and Daniel finished first, second and third, respectively, in Canucks team-scoring.[9] In fact, since the 1998–99 season, no Canucks player has led the team in scoring besides either Naslund, Henrik or Daniel.

In 2008–09 defenceman Victor Hedman began drawing considerable attention from the NHL and was eventually selected second overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, matching Daniel Sedin as the highest-drafted Modo player in team history.

Trophies and awards

Team

Elitserien regular-season titles
  • 1979
  • 1999
Le Mat Trophy

Individual

Guldpucken
Guldhjälmen
Håkan Loob Trophy
Elitserien Rookie of the Year

Current roster

Updated November 22, 2009.[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47 Norway Bonsaksen, AlexanderAlexander Bonsaksen D L 22 2009 Oslo, Norway
11 Sweden Enström, ThomasThomas Enström RW R 20 2005 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
26 Norway Forsberg, KristianKristian Forsberg C R 23 2009 Oslo, Norway
21 Sweden Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C/LW L 36 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
27 Canada Green, JoshJosh Green LW/C L 32 2009 Camrose, Alberta, Canada
6 Sweden Häggström, MagnusMagnus Häggström RW R 23 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
18 Sweden Hållberg, PerPer Hållberg D L 31 2007 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
58 United States Hinote, DanDan Hinote RW/C R 32 2009 Leesburg, Florida, USA
5 Sweden Jonsson, HansHans Jonsson D L 36 2003 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
17 Denmark Madsen, MortenMorten Madsen LW L 23 2009 Rødovre, Denmark
45 Czech Republic Málek, RomanRoman Málek G L 32 2009 Prague, Czechoslovakia
4 Czech Republic Mojžíš, TomášTomáš Mojžíš D L 27 2009 Kolín, Czechoslovakia
29 Sweden Molinder, AndreasAndreas Molinder C L 22 2003 Sollefteå, Sweden
19 Sweden Näslund, MarkusMarkus Näslund RW L 36 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
48 Finland Pikkarainen, HannuHannu Pikkarainen Injured Reserve D L 26 2009 Helsinki, Finland
15 Sweden Salomonsson, AndreasAndreas Salomonsson Injured Reserve LW L 36 2003 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
10 Norway Skrøder, Per-ÅgePer-Åge Skrøder LW L 31 2006 Sarpsborg, Norway
44 Sweden Sondell, DanielDaniel Sondell D L 25 2009 Umeå, Sweden
20 Sweden Steen, OscarOscar Steen C L 27 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
24 Sweden Sundström, NiklasNiklas Sundström (AInjured Reserve C L 34 2006 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
39 Sweden Svartvadet, PerPer Svartvadet (C) C L 34 2003 Sollefteå, Sweden
1 Sweden Svedberg, NiklasNiklas Svedberg G L 20 2007 Sollentuna, Sweden
3 Sweden Timander, MattiasMattias Timander (A) D L 35 2004 Sollefteå, Sweden
13 Finland Tuokko, MarcoMarco Tuokko LW L 30 2008 Raisio, Finland
2 Sweden Westin, JensJens Westin D L 20 2007 Kalix, Sweden
36 Norway Zuccarello Aasen, MatsMats Zuccarello Aasen RW L 23 2008 Oslo, Norway

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Information in English". Modo Hockey. http://www.modohockey.se/english.cfm. Retrieved 2009-12-01.  
  2. ^ "Standings for the Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the SEL". Hockeydb.com. http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/display_standings.php?tmi=6906. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  
  3. ^ "1991-92 Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik [SEL"]. Hockeydb.com. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0014321992.html. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  
  4. ^ "2004-05 Swedish Elite League [SEL standings"]. Hockeydb.com. http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/sel19982005.html. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  
  5. ^ a b c d "A Puck-Crazed Town in Sweden Churns Out N.H.L. Stars". New York Times. 2007-05-03. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/03/sports/hockey/03sweden.html?_r=1&ex=1178942400&en=80c63e2a0c4d7d37&ei=5070&emc=eta1. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  
  6. ^ "2006-07 Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik [SEL"]. Hockeydb.com. http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0014322007.html. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  
  7. ^ "Naslund: Forsberg should play in Sweden". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-11-13. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/11/13/sp-naslund-forsberg-nhlpa.html. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  8. ^ Pakarinen, Risto (2009-11-17). "Modo’s two musketeers back". IIHF. http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/article/modos-two-musketeers-back.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=955&cHash=bb88ad0099. Retrieved 2009-11-17.  
  9. ^ "2005-06 Vancouver Canucks [NHL"]. Hockeydb.com. http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000392006.html. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  
  10. ^ "Elitlaget 2009/2010" (in Swedish). modohockey.se. http://www.modohockey.se/spelartruppen.cfm. Retrieved 2009-11-22.  

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Preceded by
Skellefteå AIK
Swedish ice hockey champions
1979
Succeeded by
Brynäs IF
Preceded by
Färjestads BK
Swedish ice hockey champions
2007
Succeeded by
HV71

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