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The Sparta Warriors are a Norwegian ice hockey club based in Sarpsborg. They are members of the highest Norwegian ice hockey league, Eliteserien (known as GET-ligaen for sponsorship reasons). The Warriors are the ice hockey department of IL Sparta, a sports club founded in 1928. Ice hockey was first included as an activity in 1959,[1] and is now one of two sports practised by the club, the other being football.[2] The club competed as IL Sparta until 1986, at which point a near-bankruptcy highlighted the need to separate the various departments into financially independent units.[1] They were then known as Sparta Hockey until 1995, when the club actually did go bankrupt and were reformed as IHK Sparta Sarpsborg.[1] The turn of the millennium saw the introduction of the "Bears" nickname, which was used until the current "Warriors" came into use ahead of the 2004–05 season.[3] As of 2010, the Warriors have completed thirty-five seasons in the Eliteserien, winning over 570 regular season games and three league titles.

Sparta entered the league system in 1963, starting out in the 3. divisjon (third tier). Promotion to the 1. divisjon (Eliteserien from 1990 onwards) was first won in 1967, but the club were unable to firmly establish themselves in the top division until the 1980–81 season. The 1980s would become Sparta's most successful period, with two Norwegian Championship titles won in 1984 and 1989. Following the bankruptcy in 1995, the Warriors had to start over in the lower tiers, but quickly made their way back to the top. Since 2002, they have made the playoffs every year, and were runners-up for the Norwegian Championship in 2009 after losing 2–4 to Vålerenga.

SeasonsEdit

Norwegian Champions Regular Season Champions Promoted Relegated
Season League Division Regular season[a] Postseason[a]
GP W L T OTW OTL GF GA Pts Finish GP W L T GF GA Pts Result
1963–64 3. divisjon E
1964–65 3. divisjon E 6 5 0 1 31 12 11 1st 7 3 3 1 30 31 7 3rd in Qualifying for 2. divisjon[b]
1965–66 3. divisjon E 1st
1966–67 2. divisjon A 10 10 0 0 54 15 20 1st 2 0 2 0 6 11 0 Lost in Finals, 0–2 (Isbjørnene)
1967–68 1. divisjon 14 3 11 0 29 85 6 8th
1968–69 2. divisjon B 10 8 2 0 43 17 16 1st 2 0 2 0 4 10 0 Lost in Finals, 0–2 (Grüner)
1969–70 1. divisjon 21 1 20 0 39 139 2 7th
1970–71 2. divisjon A 10 5 3 2 49 30 12 3rd Did not qualify
1971–72 2. divisjon
1972–73 2. divisjon B 10 10 0 0 75 16 20 1st 10 6 4 0 46 37 12 3rd in Qualifying for 1. divisjon I
6 3 1 2 33 16 8 2nd in Qualifying for 1. divisjon II
1973–74 1. divisjon 18 3 12 3 56 89 9 9th 6 5 1 0 33 12 10 1st in Qualifying for 1. divisjon
1974–75 1. divisjon 18 3 14 1 49 99 7 9th 6 3 3 0 27 27 6 3rd in Qualifying for 1. divisjon[c]
1975–76 1. divisjon 18 3 14 1 53 110 7 9th 6 1 5 0 24 48 2 4th in Qualifying for 1. divisjon
1976–77 2. divisjon 18 15 1 2 159 37 32 1st
1977–78 1. divisjon 18 10 7 1 106 95 21 5th 10 2 7 1 30 59 5 6th in Norwegian Championship
1978–79 1. divisjon 18 4 13 1 63 115 9 9th 7 3 4 0 28 22 6 3rd in Qualifying for 1. divisjon[d]
1979–80 2. divisjon 18 16 1 1 139 51 33 1st
1980–81 1. divisjon 36 19 16 1 174 145 39 5th Did not qualify
1981–82 1. divisjon 36 15 15 6 160 165 36 7th Did not qualify
1982–83 1. divisjon 36 23 11 2 193 121 48 2nd 4 2 2 19 14 Won in Semi-finals, 2–0 (Djerv)
Lost in Finals, 0–2 (Furuset)
1983–84 1. divisjon 28 18 6 4 138 104 40 1st 6 4 2 29 23 Won in Semi-finals, 2–1 (Stjernen)
Won Norwegian Championship, 2–1 (Vålerengen)
1984–85 1. divisjon 18 12 5 1 103 65 25 3rd 2 0 2 11 16 Lost in Semi-finals, 0–2 (Vålerengen)
Mellomspillet[e] 10 5 4 1 51 42 11 3rd
1985–86 1. divisjon 36 26 5 5 257 134 57 1st 3 1 2 10 15 Lost in Semi-finals, 1–2 (Frisk)
1986–87 1. divisjon 36 22 12 2 167 144 46 3rd 2 0 2 9 11 Lost in Semi-finals, 0–2 (Stjernen)
1987–88 1. divisjon 36 18 18 0 177 181 36 6th Did not qualify
1988–89 1. divisjon 36 21 13 2 159 135 44 4th 6 5 1 32 17 Won in Semi-finals, 2–0 (Storhamar)
Won Norwegian Championship, 3–1 (Trondheim)
1989–90 1. divisjon 36 25 11 0 197 144 50 3rd 3 1 2 13 18 Lost in Semi-finals, 1–2 (Vålerenga)
1990–91[f] Eliteserien I 18 13 4 1 137 65 27 2nd 2 0 2 4 11 Lost in Semi-finals, 0–2 (Vålerenga)
Eliteserien II[g] 32 19 11 2 206 133 41 4th
1991–92 Eliteserien I 18 8 10 0 87 77 16 7th 2 0 2 0 6 8 0 3rd in Quarter-finals
Eliteserien II 14 5 8 1 69 92 11 6th
1992–93 Eliteserien I 18 5 13 0 82 97 16 7th Did not qualify
Eliteserien II 14 5 8 1 52 63 11 7th
1993–94 Eliteserien I 18 8 8 2 86 72 18 6th 2 1 1 0 3 8 2 3rd in Quarter-finals
Eliteserien II 14 5 9 0 49 72 10 6th
1994–95 Eliteserien 28 2 24 2 70 217 6 8th 4 3 1 0 19 16 6 2nd in Qualifying for Eliteserien
Sparta Hockey went bankrupt and were reconstituted as IHK Sparta Sarpsborg[1]
1995–96 2. divisjon 20 15 4 1 158 66 31 2nd 6 5 0 1 33 13 11 1st in Qualifying for 1. divisjon
1996–97 1. divisjon 20 16 1 3 131 65 35 1st
1997–98 Eliteserien 44 23 18 3 165 152 49 4th 3 0 3 5 14 Lost in Semi-finals, 0–3 (Vålerenga)
1998–99 Eliteserien 44 20 21 3 141 138 42[h] 6th Did not qualify
1999–2000 Eliteserien 38 20 17 1 128 117 41 4th 3 0 3 4 12 Lost in Semi-finals, 0–3 (Storhamar)
2000–01 Eliteserien 42 17 25 0 118 152 34 7th Did not qualify
2001–02 Eliteserien 42 17 21 4 146 167 38 6th 2 0 2 3 11 Lost in Quarter-finals, 0–2 (Storhamar Dragons)
2002–03[i] Eliteserien 38 15 16 1 6 118 138 53 6th 2 0 2 3 11 Lost in Quarter-finals, 0–2 (Frisk)
2003–04 Eliteserien 42 19 18 2 3 124 126 64 5th 9 4 5 24 34 Won in Quarter-finals, 3–2 (Frisk)
Lost in Semi-finals, 1–3 (Vålerenga)
2004–05 Eliteserien 42 17 17 4 4 125 143 63 6th 4 1 3 3 17 Lost in Quarter-finals, 1–3 (Storhamar)
2005–06 Eliteserien 42 19 19 3 1 140 158 64 5th 6 2 4 17 21 Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Stavanger)
2006–07 Eliteserien 44 21 17 4 2 182 147 73 5th 13 6 7 40 37 Won in Quarter-finals, 4–3 (Frisk)
Lost in Semi-finals, 2–4 (Vålerenga)
2007–08 Eliteserien 44 26 11 3 4 146 109 90 3rd 6 2 4 13 20 Lost in Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Comet)
2008–09 Eliteserien 45 28 10 4 3 172 101 95 1st 15 10 5 38 31 Won in Quarter-finals, 4–1 (Lørenskog)
Won in Semi-finals, 4–0 (Storhamar)
Lost in Finals, 2–4 (Vålerenga)
2009–10 Eliteserien 48 26 15 1 6 161 122 86 2nd 12 6 6 32 29 Won in Quarter-finals, 4–2 (Stjernen)
Lost in Semi-finals, 2–4 (Stavanger)
Eliteserien totals[j] 1,170 551 519 49 22 29 4,687 4,663 1,403 117 47 69 1 348 437 7 22 playoff appearances

NotesEdit

  • a Code explanation; GP—Games Played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, OTW—Overtime/Shootout wins, OTL—Overtime/Shootout losses, GF—Goals For, GA—Goals Against, Pts—Points
  • b Sparta tied second with Høvik and Holmen after five games. Holmen were disqualified from taking part in the replays. Sparta lost the replay series against Høvik 3–3, 3–6.[4]
  • c Sparta remained in the 1. divisjon despite finishing third in qualifying. Winners Grüner did not participate in the 1. divisjon the following season and their spot passed to Sparta.
  • d Sparta tied second with Forward after six games, lost the replay 3–5 and were thus relegated to the 2. divisjon.[5]
  • e Mellomspillet was a one-time continuation league contested in 1984–85 between the six highest ranked teams in the 1. divisjon. Of these six teams, the top four qualified for the Semi-finals of the Norwegian Championship.
  • f Before the 1990–91 season, the 1. divisjon was renamed Eliteserien. Correspondingly, the 2. divisjon (second tier) was renamed 1. divisjon, the 3. divisjon (third tier) was renamed 2. divisjon etc.
  • g Between the 1990–91 season and the 1993–94 season, the Eliteserien was divided into two parts. After the first 18 games, the top eight teams qualified for the second half of the Eliteserien. The bottom two teams were relegated to the 1. divisjon and would compete for the right to play in the Eliteserien in the following season. In 1990–91, the results of both rounds were added up to produce one league champion; in the three following seasons, there were two champions per season.
  • h Sparta and three others clubs were deducted one point during the 1998–99 season.[6]
  • i Beginning with the 2002–03 season, all games in the Eliteserien have a winner. In addition, teams now receive three points for a win in regulation time, two points for a win in overtime and one point for a loss in overtime.
  • j Totals as of the completion of the 2009–10 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Klubben Sparta (Norwegian). Sparta Warriors (2009-09-14). Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
  2. Spartas historie gjennom 80 år (Norwegian). FK Sparta Sarpsborg. Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
  3. SpartaAvisa September 2004 (Norwegian). Sparta Warriors (2004-09). Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
  4. Kvalifiseringen 1964-1965 for opprykk til 2.divisjon (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (2003-05-10). Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
  5. Nedrykkspuljen Tabell 1978&79 (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (2005-10-12). Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
  6. Tabell Eliteserien 1998-1999 (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (2004-10-09). Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
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