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Hockeyettan
2015–16 Hockeyettan season
Swedish ice hockey division 1 logo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1975
No. of teams 48 in 4 groups
Country(ies) Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Official website www.hockeyettan.com
Not to be confused with Swedish Division I, which was the top-tier league in Sweden from 1944–1975.

Hockeyettan, formerly named Division 1 between 1975–2014, is the third-tier league of ice hockey in Sweden. From 1944 to 1975, Division I was the name of the highest league in the Swedish ice hockey system, but prior to the 1975–76 season, Division I was scrapped and replaced by the Elitserien (now known as the SHL), and Division 1 was created as the new second-tier league. Prior to the 1999–2000 season, Allsvenskan (now named HockeyAllsvenskan) was created as the new second-tier league, making Division 1 the third-tier league. The league was renamed "Hockeyettan" in April 2014.[1] Today, the league consists of 47 teams divided geographically into four groups (Hockeyettan North, East, West, and South). The teams play half a season in the four groups, after which the highest ranked teams in each group form two new groups (named Allettan), organized more broadly into Norra ("North") and Södra ("South"). In the meantime, the teams which failed to make it out of their groups from the first half-season continue playing with the remaining teams in their group.

On 19 September 2012, the clubs in the league at that time formed an interest group called Hockeyettan, which aims to promote the league in Sweden, and is also responsible for running the Hockeyettan.com website.[2][3][4] In April 2014, the league was renamed "Hockeyettan". The name is a Swedish play on words with the league's original name "Division 1"; "ettan" means "one" in English, referring to the number 1 in the original league name.[1]

Hockeyettan is organized by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA).

FormatEdit

As of the 2015–16 season, the league consists of 48 teams divided into four groups of 12 geographically. The clubs meet each other twice, home and away, after which the top four teams from each group form two new groups of eight. Each of these Allettan groups then plays an additional home-and-away series. Meanwhile, the remaining eight teams in each starting group play each other again in a continuation series.[5]

Post-seasonEdit

The winner of each Allettan group qualifies directly for the 2016 HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiers. Teams 2–5 in the Allettan groups, along with teams 1–2 from the continuation groups, play a playoff to fill the remaining two spots in the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifiers. Teams 7–8 from the continuation groups are forced to requalify for Hockeyettan against teams from Division 2. [5]

Participating teamsEdit

2015-16Edit

Main article: 2015–16 Hockeyettan season
Hockeyettan North Hockeyettan East Hockeyettan West Hockeyettan South
AIK Hockey Härnsösand
Brunflo IK
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Kovlands IF
Piteå HC
SK Lejon
Sollefteå HK
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Hammarby IF
Haninge Anchors IF
Huddinge IK
Hudiksvalls HC
IF Vallentuna BK
Sollentuna HC
Södertälje SK
Tierps HK
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK
Forshaga IF
Grästorps IK
IFK Arboga IK
Kumla HC Black Bulls
Köping HC
Lindlövens IF
Mariestad BoIS HC
Skövde IK
Surahammars IF
Tranås AIF
Halmstad HF
HC Dalen
Helsingborgs HC
IF Troja/Ljungby IF
Kallinge/Ronneby IF
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nybro Vikings IF
Tyringe SoSS
Varberg HK
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK

2014–15Edit

Main article: 2014–15 Hockeyettan season

The 2014–15 season will feature 47 teams divided into four geographical groups: Norra ("North"), Östra ("East"), Västra ("West"), and Södra ("South"). At the conclusion of the four initial groups in December, the top teams from each group qualify for Allettan, which consists of Allettan Norra ("North") and Allettan ("Södra") with 8 teams each, depending on the teams' geographical locations. The remaining teams in the starting groups have to continue in their starting groups ("continuation groups") after Christmas. The Allettan winners go directly to the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier. The teams ranked 2–5 in the Allettan groups, and the top two teams in the four continuation groups, play in a three-round playoff—consisting of PlayOff 1, 2, and 3—and battle for two spots in the HockeyAllsvenskan. Unlike previous seasons where group rankings affected whether a certain team started in PlayOff 1, 2 or 3, all playoff teams now start in PlayOff 1. The two teams that survive PlayOff 3 join the two Allettan winners and the two worst-ranked teams from HockeyAllsvenskan in the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifier, the double round-robin tournament where the teams battle for four spots in HockeyAllsvenskan for the following season. The remaining teams from the continuation groups have to play against challengers from Division 2 in the Hockeyettan qualifiers, the double round-robin tournaments where the best teams qualify for the following season of Hockeyettan.

Hockeyettan North Hockeyettan East Hockeyettan West Hockeyettan South
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Kovlands IshF
Örnsköldsviks HF
Östersunds IK
Piteå HC
SK Lejon
Sollefteå HK
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Enköpings SK HK
Hammarby IF
Haninge Anchors HC
Huddinge IK
Hudiksvalls HC
IF Vallentuna BK
Tierps HK
Värmdö HC
Väsby IK HK
Visby/Roma HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Borlänge HF
Forshaga IF
Grästorps IK
IFK Arboga IK
Kumla HC Black Bulls
Lindlövens IF
Mariestad BoIS HC
Skövde IK
Surahammars IF
Tranås AIF IF
Västerviks IK
Vimmerby HC
Halmstad HF
HC Dalen
Helsingborgs HC
IF Troja/Ljungby
IK Pantern
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nybro Vikings IF
Olofströms IK
Tingsryds AIF
Varberg Vipers

2013–14Edit

Main article: 2013–14 Division 1 season (Swedish ice hockey)

The Swedish Ice Hockey Association released a schedule for the 2013–14 Division 1 season which merged Divisions 1A and 1B into a larger Division 1 Norra ("North"). That group consisted of 12 teams playing a double home-and-away series against each team in the group, for a total of 44 games per team. Unlike the traditional system used by the smaller groups which in January reorganized themselves into new groups based on their position in their group, the new Division 1 Norra continued playing into the spring, with relegation and playoff spots being decided directly from the new group. Reactions to this set-up were mixed, with Sollefteå HK for example suggesting that playing that many games would be strenuous for the clubs' finances, and that playing each opponent three times instead of four might have been more appropriate.[6][7] In total, the 2013–14 Division 1 season consisted of 53 teams.

Division 1 Norra Division 1C Division 1D Division 1E Division 1F
Brunflo IK
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Kovlands IshF
Piteå HC
SK Lejon
Sollefteå HK
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK HK
Falu IF
Hedemora SK
Hudiksvalls HC
Lindlövens IF
Skedvi/Säter IF
Surahammars IF
Tierps HK
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Gnesta IK
Hammarby IF
Huddinge IK
IFK Tumba Hockey
IF Vallentuna BK
Nacka HK
Nyköpings HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK
Forshaga IF
Grästorps IK
HC Vita Hästen
Kumla HC Black Bulls
Mariestad BoIS HC
Mjölby HC
Skövde IK
Tranås AIF IF
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK
Borås HC
Halmstad HF
Helsingborgs HC
IK Pantern
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nittorps IK
Nybro Vikings
Olofströms IK
Tingsryds AIF

Note that Botkyrka HC merged with IFK Tumba Hockey during the off-season.

2012–13Edit

Main article: 2012–13 Division 1 season (Swedish ice hockey)
Division 1ADivision 1BDivision 1CDivision 1DDivision 1EDivision 1F
Bodens HF
IF Björklöven
Kalix UHC
Kiruna IF
Piteå HC
Tegs SK
Vännäs HC
Brunflo IK
IF Sundsvall Hockey
Kovlands IshF
Kramfors-Alliansen
Njurunda SK
Örnsköldsvik HF
Östersunds IK
Sollefteå HK
Borlänge HF
Enköpings SK HK
Falu IF
Hedemora SK
Hudiksvalls HC
IFK Ore
Lindlövens IF
Surahammars IF
Tierps HK
Valbo HC
Åker/Strängnäs HC
Botkyrka HC
Huddinge IK
IF Vallentuna BK
Järfälla HC
Nacka HK
Nyköpings HK
Visby/Roma HK
Väsby IK HK
Wings HC Arlanda
Grästorps IK
HC Vita Hästen
Kumla HC Black Bulls
IFK Arboga IK
Skövde IK
Mariestad BoIS HC
Mjölby HC
Tranås AIF IF
Vimmerby HC
Västerviks IK
Borås HC
Halmstad HF
Helsingborgs HC
Kallinge-Ronneby IF
Kungälvs IK
Kristianstads IK
Mörrums GoIS IK
Nittorps IK
Nybro Vikings
Olofströms IK
IK Pantern

ReferencesEdit

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