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2012–13 Elitserien season
League Flag of Sweden Elitserien
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 13 September 2012 – 18 April 2013
Regular season
Season champions Skellefteå AIK
Season MVP Jimmie Ericsson (Skellefteå)
Top scorer Bud Holloway (Skellefteå)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVP Oscar Lindberg (Skellefteå)
Finals
Finals champions Skellefteå AIK (2nd title)
  Runners-up Luleå HF

The 2012–13 Elitserien season was the 38th season of Elitserien. The regular season began on 13 September 2012 and ended on 5 March 2013.[1] The playoffs began on 12 March 2013 and ended on 18 April 2013. The 2012–13 Elitserien season was the last season under the name "Elitserien"; on 17 June 2013, the league was renamed "Swedish Hockey League" (SHL).[2]

Skellefteå AIK clinched the Swedish Championship for the first time since 1978, defeating Luleå HF 4–0 in the Finals. It was the team's second Swedish Championship in club history. Skellefteå also won the regular season for the first time since the 1980–81 season, and the second time in club history. Their 114-point finish is the highest amount of points since Färjestad BK won the 2001–02 regular season with 118 points. Luleå HF improved on the record for fewest goals surrendered in a 55-game regular season that they set last season by only having 102 goals scored against them.

In the 2012 Kvalserien, Timrå IK defended its Elitserien spot and Rögle BK returned to Elitserien for the first time in two years.

Participating teams Edit

Team City Arena Capacity
AIK Stockholm Hovet 8,094
Brynäs IF Gävle Läkerol Arena 8,585
Frölunda HC Gothenburg Scandinavium 12,044
Färjestad BK Karlstad Löfbergs Lila Arena 8,647
HV71 Jönköping Kinnarps Arena 7,000
Linköpings HC Linköping Cloetta Center 8,500
Luleå HF Luleå Coop Arena 6,300
Modo Hockey Örnsköldsvik Fjällräven Center 7,600
Rögle BK Ängelholm Lindab Arena 5,150
Skellefteå AIK Skellefteå Skellefteå Kraft Arena 6,001
Timrå IK Timrå E.ON Arena 6,000
Växjö Lakers Växjö Vida Arena 5,700
  • Note: Frölunda HC played their final three home games of the regular season in Frölundaborg, which has a smaller capacity of 7,600 spectators.

Summary Edit

Short-term contractsEdit

Short-term contracts and the possibility of signing players affected by the 2012–13 NHL lockout was a controversial issue for several months. The board of hockey operations for Elitserien (Hockeyligan) decided to continue rejecting short-term contracts (i.e. contracts not lasting for the entire season) on 23 August 2012.[3] On 21 September 2012, the Swedish Competition Authority (SCA) examined the matter and responded with a ruling that allowed short-term contracts.[4] Hockeyligan appealed the SCA ruling to the Market Court. On 18 December 2012, the Market Court ruled against the SCA and allowed Hockeyligan to forbid short-term contracts.[5] The uncertainty and concerns of legal punishment caused a number of Elitserien clubs to refrain from signing short-term contracts and await the Market Court's decision. In the end, Cody Franson played 26 Elitserien games with Brynäs, Alexander Steen played 20 games with Modo, and Matt Duchene played 19 games and Viktor Stålberg 11 games with Frölunda before their short-term contracts expired.

Outdoor gameEdit

For the fourth consecutive season, an outdoor game was played. As part of Brynäs IF celebrating their 100th year as a club, they hosted Timrå IK on December 8, 2012, in a temporary arena called Gävlebocken ("Gävle Goat") Arena. Brynäs won the game 3–0 in front of 15,009 spectators.[6][7]

Decline in attendanceEdit

The average attendance in Elitserien fell by 10.5% from 6,385 to 5,717 spectators per game, the lowest average since the 2002–03 season. The drop meant that Elitserien was fifth in average attendance among professional hockey leagues (fourth in Europe) – after the NHL, NLA, DEL and KHL.[8][9] In the 2011–12 season, Elitserien had the second highest average attendance among professional hockey leagues (first in Europe).[10]

There were several reasons for the decline; Frölunda HC saw a 18.1% decrease to an average of 8,588 fans per game. The second most attended team last season, Djurgårdens IF, was relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan. Nine of the eleven returning teams from last season had lower attendance numbers, with Skellefteå AIK and Luleå HF being the only teams to increase their average attendance. HockeyAllsvenskan, on the other hand, improved its attendance average this season from 2,606 to 3,227 spectators per game, an improvement of 23.8% from the 2011–12 season.

Regular season Edit

Standings Edit

2012–13 Elitserien season GP W L OTW OTL GF GA +/– Pts
Skellefteå AIKy 55 34 13 4 4 170 107 63 114
Färjestad BKx 55 27 14 7 7 155 110 45 102
Luleå HFx 55 25 12 9 9 145 102 43 102
HV71x 55 27 16 9 3 155 124 31 102
Linköpings HCx 55 27 19 4 5 145 136 9 94
Frölunda HCx 55 21 21 8 5 123 126 –3 84
Modo Hockeyx 55 19 19 7 10 135 129 6 81
Brynäs IFx 55 17 20 6 12 123 166 –43 75
0
AIKe 55 16 25 7 7 123 149 –26 69
Växjö Lakers HCe 55 14 26 7 8 102 130 –28 64
0
Timrå IKr 55 12 30 8 5 100 127 –27 57
Rögle BKr 55 10 34 5 6 104 174 –70 46

x – clinched playoff spot; y – clinched regular season league title; e – eliminated from playoff contention; r – play in relegation series

Statistics Edit

Scoring leaders Edit

Updated as of the end of the regular season.[11]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Holloway, BudFlag of Canada Bud Holloway Skellefteå AIK 55 20 51 71 +25 36
Söderberg, CarlFlag of Sweden Carl Söderberg Linköpings HC 54 31 29 60 +18 48
LindströmFlag of Sweden Joakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 53 18 36 54 +11 56
Arlbrandt, PärFlag of Sweden Pär Arlbrandt Linköpings HC 54 21 32 53 +25 28
Little, BrocFlag of the United States Broc Little AIK 55 16 30 46 –3 24
Krog, JasonFlag of Canada Jason Krog HV71 55 17 26 43 +16 18
Hjalmarsson, SimonFlag of Sweden Simon Hjalmarsson Linköpings HC 55 12 31 43 +21 10
Lindberg, OscarFlag of Sweden Oscar Lindberg Skellefteå AIK 55 17 25 42 +1 54
Järnkrok, CalleFlag of Sweden Calle Järnkrok Brynäs IF 53 13 29 42 –2 12
Lee, ChrisFlag of Canada Chris Lee Färjestad BK 54 12 29 41 +20 30

Leading goaltenders Edit

These are the leaders in GAA among goaltenders who have played at least 40% of the team's minutes. Updated as of the end of the regular season.[12]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Salak, AlexanderFlag of the Czech Republic Alexander Salák Färjestad BK 41 2452:44 66 7 .939 1.61
Eriksson, JoacimFlag of Sweden Joacim Eriksson Skellefteå AIK 30 1726:17 48 5 .931 1.67
Gustafsson, JohanFlag of Sweden Johan Gustafsson Luleå HF 33 2016:10 57 4 .933 1.70
Engstrand, ChristianFlag of Sweden Christian Engstrand Linköpings HC 34 1934:05 61 6 .936 1.89
Hudacek, JuliusFlag of Slovakia Július Hudáček Frölunda HC 48 2894:00 91 5 .930 1.89
Lundström, JoakimFlag of Sweden Joakim Lundström Timrå IK 25 1506:57 50 2 .927 1.99
Wesslau, GustafFlag of Sweden Gustaf Wesslau HV71 43 2522:35 84 7 .928 2.00
Svensson, MarkusFlag of Sweden Markus Svensson Skellefteå AIK 27 1587:22 54 3 .920 2.04
Starkbaum, BernhardFlag of Austria Bernhard Starkbaum Modo Hockey 46 2625:43 90 8 .933 2.06
Norrena, FredrikFlag of Finland Fredrik Norrena Växjö Lakers 46 2725:19 95 6 .919 2.09

Playoffs Edit

Playoff bracket Edit

In the first round, the highest remaining seed chose which of the four lowest remaining seeds to be matched against. In the second round, the highest remaining seed is matched against the lowest remaining seed. In each round the higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. Each best-of-seven series follows an alternating home team format: the higher-seeded team will play at home for games 1 and 3 (plus 5 and 7 if necessary), and the lower-seeded team will be at home for game 2, 4 and 6 (if necessary).

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1  Skellefteå AIK 4  
8  Brynäs IF 0  
  1  Skellefteå AIK 4  
  5  Linköpings HC 1  
2  Färjestad BK 4
  7  Modo Hockey 1  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   1  Skellefteå AIK 4
  3  Luleå HF 0
  3  Luleå HF 4  
6  Frölunda HC 2  
  2  Färjestad BK 1
  3  Luleå HF 4  
4  HV71 1
  5  Linköpings HC 4  

Quarterfinals Edit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (8) Brynäs IFEdit

Skellefteå AIK won series 4–0


(2) Färjestad BK vs. (7) Modo HockeyEdit

Färjestad BK won series 4–1


(3) Luleå HF vs. (6) Frölunda HCEdit

Luleå HF won series 4–2


(4) HV71 vs. (5) Linköpings HCEdit

Linköpings HC won series 4–1


Semifinals Edit

(1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (5) Linköpings HCEdit

Skellefteå won the series 4–1 and advanced to the Finals for the third year in a row, becoming the first team to achieve this feat since HV71 between 20082010.


Skellefteå AIK won series 4–1


(2) Färjestad BK vs. (3) Luleå HFEdit

Luleå won the series 4–1 and advanced to the Finals for the first time since winning the Swedish Championship in 1996. Linus Persson's game-deciding goal in Game 4, 12 seconds into overtime, is a new record for the fastest overtime goal scored in Elitserien playoff history.[13]


Luleå HF won series 4–1


Finals: (1) Skellefteå AIK vs. (3) Luleå HF Edit

The Finals became a matchup between the league's two northernmost teams: Skellefteå and Luleå. Skellefteå won three of the five regular-season games against Luleå; two of the five games had to be decided in a shootout. This was only the second playoff series between these two teams; in 2011, Skellefteå defeated Luleå in six games to advance to the Finals (where they eventually lost). This was Skellefteå's third consecutive Finals appearance (Skellefteå reached the Finals in 2011 and 2012), and their fourth overall excluding seasons before Elitserien was formed. Luleå made their first Finals appearance since losing the Swedish Championship to Färjestad three games to one in 1997, as well as their third appearance overall (Luleå became Swedish Champions in 1996).

Skellefteå won the series 4–0, and became Swedish champions for the first time since 1978, and only the second time in club history. Luleå became the first team since 2003 to get swept in the Finals, in four straight games. Skellefteå finished the playoffs with a 12–1 record, the best playoff record since Färjestad's playoff run in 2009.

In Game 4, Skellefteå clinched the Swedish Championship with a 4–0 shutout over Luleå. Goaltender Joacim Eriksson stopped all 32 shots against Skellefteå's crease. After the first period, Skellefteå was up 2–0, following goals by Oscar Möller at 3:33 and Erik Forssell at 15:22. 5:32 into the second period, Johan Forsberg netted his first goal of the playoffs to give Skellefteå a three-goal lead. With less than four minutes to go in the third period, Erik Forssell sealed the Swedish Championship for Skellefteå with an empty netter, his second goal of the game.


Skellefteå AIK won series 4–0


Statistics Edit

Scoring leaders Edit

Updated as of the end of the playoffs.[14]
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Persson, LinusFlag of Sweden Linus Persson Luleå HF 15 8 4 12 +4 6
Arlbrandt, PärFlag of Sweden Pär Arlbrandt Linköpings HC 10 7 5 12 +6 4
Lee, ChrisFlag of Canada Chris Lee Färjestad BK 10 7 5 12 +5 6
Lindberg, OscarFlag of Sweden Oscar Lindberg Skellefteå AIK 13 4 8 12 +13 16
Klasen, LinusFlag of Sweden Linus Klasen Luleå HF 14 4 8 12 –4 4
Hjalmarsson, SimonFlag of Sweden Simon Hjalmarsson Linköpings HC 10 5 6 11 +5 8
Lindström, JoakimFlag of Sweden Joakim Lindström Skellefteå AIK 13 4 7 11 +3 4
Olausson, NiklasFlag of Sweden Niklas Olausson Luleå HF 15 1 10 11 +2 4
Forssell, ErikFlag of Sweden Erik Forssell Skellefteå AIK 13 5 5 10 +6 2
Möller, OscarFlag of Sweden Oscar Möller Skellefteå AIK 13 5 5 10 +4 2

Leading goaltenders Edit

These are the leaders in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders who played at least 40% of the team's minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded. Updated as of the end of the playoffs.[15]

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO Sv% GAA
Eriksson, Joacim Flag of Sweden Joacim Eriksson Skellefteå AIK 10 623:01 11 3 .952 1.06
Ullmark, Linus Flag of Sweden Linus Ullmark Modo Hockey 2 122:49 3 0 .955 1.47
Gustafsson, Johan Flag of Sweden Johan Gustafsson Luleå HF 15 946:10 32 0 .925 2.03
Hudacek, Julius Flag of Slovakia Július Hudáček Frölunda HC 6 388:29 15 1 .920 2.32
Salak, Alexander Flag of the Czech Republic Alexander Salák Färjestad BK 10 616:06 24 1 .922 2.34

Elitserien awards Edit

Guldhjälmen: Bud Holloway, Skellefteå AIK
Guldpucken: Jimmie Ericsson, Skellefteå AIK
Honken Trophy: Gustaf Wesslau, HV71
Håkan Loob Trophy: Carl Söderberg, Linköpings HC
Rookie of the Year: William Karlsson, HV71
Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy: Oscar Lindberg, Skellefteå AIK
Guldpipan: Ulf Rönnmark

Suspensions and fines Edit

Team PhotosEdit


See also Edit

References Edit

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  4. Frågor och svar om Konkurrensverkets beslut om Svenska Hockeyligans möjligheter att utesluta NHL-spelare (Swedish). Konkurrensverket (2012-09-21).
  5. Karlsson, Erik (2012-12-18). Marknadsdomstolen ger Hockeyligan rätt (Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved on 2013-01-13.
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  8. Swiss on top of Europe. International Ice Hockey Federation (2013-03-13). Retrieved on 2013-03-13.
  9. Bodin, Uffe (2013-03-13). Det svenska publikraset (Swedish). Hockeysverige. Retrieved on 2013-03-13.
  10. SC Bern 10th time on top. International Ice Hockey Federation (2012-03-15). Retrieved on 2012-03-17.
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  15. Statistik - Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
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