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|Home Arena:||Kristins Hall (cap.: 1,694)|
|Colors:||Red, blue and white|
|General Manager:||Henning Evensen|
|Head Coach:||Tor Nilsen|
Founded on November 2 1957, Lillehammer I.K. was a pioneer of ice hockey in the northern areas of eastern Norway. Playing under difficult conditions on natural ice for the first thirty years, success was limited to the odd foray into the second tier of the hockey league. However, they produced some fine talents, two of them brothers Arne and Lars Bergseng, who went on to become two of the best players in the first division during the eighties.
The big break for the hockey club was Lillehammer's candidacy for the 1994 Olympics. In this process the Kristins Hall hockey arena was built and opened in 1988. The city got its Olympics, and the hockey club their boost. Backed by enormous local interest they surged from the third division to the Eliteserien in only three years, but the success would not stop there. In the spring of 1994, after the Olympics was over, Lillehammer beat local rivals Storhamar Dragons in the playoff finals to claim their first, and to date only Norwegian Championship.
Since the heady Olympic days of the mid-nineties Lillehammer I.K. have struggled keep up the high level people started to expect. Economic problems have on several occasions threatened the club's existence. Today the club is known for a good youth department, helped on by the hockey college NTG, producing players such as Ole Kristian Tollefsen, currently with Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.
Former Notable Players Edit
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