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Skellefteå AIK
Skellefteå AIK Logo.svg
City Skellefteå, Sweden
League Swedish Hockey League
Founded 1 July 1921
Home arena Skellefteå Kraft Arena
General manager Erik Forssell
Head coach Andreas Falk, Stefan Klockare, Stefan Hedlund
Captain Oscar Möller
Regular season titles (5) (1981, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Le Mat Trophy (3) (1978, 2013, 2014)

Skellefteå AIK is a Swedish professional ice hockey club from Skellefteå, Sweden. They currently play In the Swedish Hockey League. They play their home games in Skellefteå Kraft Arena, which seats 6,001 spectators. The team has won the Swedish Championship three times – in 1978, 2013, and 2014. They reached the SHL championship finals six years in a row between 2011–2016, tying Färjestad BK's streak between 2001–2006, winning two times.


Early years

Skellefteå AIK was founded on 1 July 1921 at på Café Norden in Skellefteå, although ice hockey was not played until 1943, with only training matches being played the first season. In the 1943–44 season, the club played in the local league Skellefteserien, which could not be finished due to unsuitable hockey weather as the games were played outdoors.

In 1955 Skellefteå qualified for the highest league in Sweden. Around this time the team was led by the so-called "Mosquito Line", which consisted of Anders "Akka" Andersson, "Garvis" Määttä and Kalle Hedlund. In the 1957–58 season they won the Allsvenskan's northern group and later finished second in SM-serien, only one point behind the winner Djurgårdens IF. Skellefteå AIK then played in Division 1 North until 1967. The club had difficulties qualifying for continued play in the Division 1 series but in 1975 the series was won and Skellefteå later finished in fourth place in SM-serien.


When the Swedish Elite League under the name Elitserien was formed in 1975, Skellefteå AIK was one of the teams participating.

In the 1977–78 regular season Martin Karlsson led the league in goals and points while Hardy Nilsson was the league's most penalized player. Skellefteå went on to win the playoffs led by a strong performance by Göran Lindblom (five goals and four assists in five games), becoming Swedish champions in 1978, and in 1981 Skellefteå won the regular season series.

In 1985, the club's hockey organization split from the mother club, and competed as Skellefteå HC until 1991, when the club would retake the Skellefteå AIK name.


In 1990 Skellefteå was relegated but after 16 seasons of play in the Swedish second league (Allsvenskan). Skellefteå again qualified for the highest series and has played in Elitserien since 2006–07.

Return to the top tier

In their first year after promoting from the Swedish second league to Elitserien (now named the SHL), Skellefteå AIK became the best newcomer in Elitserien at that time with 73 points in 55 games. At one point during the 2007–08 season, Skellefteå led the league for the first time in 30 years. They also qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1981 as the 8th seed. In the quarterfinals, Skellefteå were beaten by the eventual champions HV71 by 4–1 in games. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Skellefteå qualified for the playoffs again; in the quarterfinals, Skellefteå defeated Linköpings HC in 7 games, and in the series Skellefteå came back from a 1–3 deficit to win 4–3 in games. In game seven, Skellefteå won an overtime game that had gone to the 6th period (and thus had become the third longest playoff game in Elitserien history) with a goal by Kimmo Koskenkorva. In the semifinals, Skellefteå fell in four games to Färjestad BK who went on to win the Swedish Championship.

SAIK - Joakim Lindström
Joakim Lindström in Skellefteå AIK

The following season, Skellefteå faced Färjestad in the playoffs once again, this time in the quarterfinals. Skellefteå won the series in seven games and went on to play HV71. HV won in five games on their way to become the 2010 champions.

Skellefteå had the three highest scoring players in the league in the 2010–11 season – Joakim Lindström, Mikko Lehtonen and David Rundblad. In the playoffs Skellefteå made it to the finals for the first time in 33 years, but were defeated in five games by Färjestad.

In the 2011–12 season, Skellefteå would return to the Swedish Championship Finals, where they lost to Brynäs IF in six games.

In the 2012–13 season, the team won the regular season. In the playoffs, Skellefteå once again reached the Finals, where they met their northernmost rival, Luleå HF. Skellefteå swept Luleå in four straight games 4–0 and clinched the Swedish Championship for the first time since 1978, and only the second time in club history. Skellefteå finished the playoffs with an impressive 12–1 record, and became the first team since 2003 to sweep their opponents in the Finals.

In the 2013–14 SHL season, Skellefteå once again won the regular season. In the playoffs, Skellefteå reached the Finals for the fourth year in a row, where they met Färjestad BK. Like in 2013, Skellefteå swept their opponents in the Finals in four straight games 4–0. Skellefteå clinched the Swedish Championship title for the third time in club history, and became the first team to defend the Swedish Championship title since Djurgårdens IF did so with their consecutive Swedish Championship titles in 2000 and 2001. Skellefteå AIK also became the first team since Brynäs IF in 1976–77 to win consecutive Swedish Championships by not losing a single game in both Finals series. Their 8–1 crush in game three marked the biggest goal margin (7 goals) in a single Finals game in SHL history.

10,000 citizens of Skellefteå, celebrating Skellefteå AIK's first Swedish Championship title in 35 years.

In the 2014–15 SHL season, Skellefteå won their third consecutive regular season trophy. Doing so after having lost 14 players of top European class however, experts were impressed by the consistency of their managing, training and playing style. Going into the playoffs after their impressive regular season win, Skellefteå once again were huge favorites to win the le mat trophy. Although experts generally agreed that they were going to face a tougher challenge this year.

In the round of quarter finals Skellefteå once again had to face their opponent from the finals of 2012, Brynäs IF. Even though Skellefteå did sweep Brynäs in four consecutive quarterfinal games, some people started wondering if the dynasty of Skellefteå was over. Those wonderings mostly appeared due to the tightness and even scorelines of the quarter final games.

In the 2015 semifinals, Skellefteå for the third year in a row had to face Linköpings HC. Once again Skellefteå was going to prove the experts, who predicted a tight and tough series of games, wrong. With the round of semifinals ending 4–1 in favor to Skellefteå, they went into the finals as huge favorites.

The first game in the round of finals 2015 was played on 12 April between Skellefteå AIK and Växjö Lakers. The Lakers surprised most people when they "stole" Skellefteå's home game and won with two goals to one. The second game of the finals was by most media described as a "do or die game" for Skellefteå, arguing that a 2-0 lead for Växjö would be too difficult for Skellefteå to turn into a victory. Skellefteå AIK themselves however did not agree at all, but did emphasize the needs of improvement in the play around the nets. This was something they did manage to improve and it resulted in a clean sheet victory with three goals to nil. With the impressive 0–3 victory behind them, Skellefteå AIK was once again seen as the major favorites to win the le mat trophy.

Season-by-season record

Season Level Division Record Avg.
Position W-T-L
This is a partial list featuring the past seasons. For prior seasons, see List of Skellefteå AIK seasons.
2017–18 Tier 1 SHL 5th 26–3–3–20 4,642
Swedish Championship playoffs 8–8 5,534 Won in quarterfinals, 4–2 vs Färjestad
Won in semifinals, 4–2 vs Djurgården
2 Lost in finals, 0–4 vs Växjö
2018–19 Tier 1 SHL 5th 19–10–7–16 4,523
Swedish Championship playoffs 2–4 5,456 Lost in quarterfinals, 2–4 vs Djurgården
2019–20 Tier 1 SHL 4th 27–4–1–20 4,697 SHL playoffs were cancelled
2020–21 Tier 1 SHL 4th 24–8–5–15 18
Swedish Championship playoffs 6–5 0 Won in quarterfinals, 4–3 vs Luleå
Lost in semifinals, 2–3 vs Rögle
2021–22 Tier 1 SHL 3rd 27–5–3–17 3,709
Swedish Championship playoffs 2–4 0 Lost in quarterfinals, 2–4 vs Färjestad BK

Players and personnel

Current roster

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
6 Sweden Forsfjäll, MånsMåns Forsfjäll D L 20 2020 Skellefteå, Sweden
8 Sweden Granberg, PetterPetter Granberg D R 30 2018 Gällivare, Sweden
96 Sweden Hugg, RickardRickard Hugg C L 24 2019 Hudiksvall, Sweden
22 Sweden Johnson, JonathanJonathan Johnson C L 30 2020 Gävle, Sweden
34 Germany Kühnhackl, TomTom Kühnhackl LW L 31 2021 Landshut, Germany
11 Sweden Lindholm, MaxMax Lindholm C L 25 2022 Österhaninge, Sweden
17 Sweden Lindholm, PärPär Lindholm C L 31 2022 Kusmark, Sweden
30 Sweden Lindvall, GustafGustaf Lindvall G L 32 2016 Skellefteå, Sweden
10 Sweden Lindström, JoakimJoakim Lindström (A) C L 39 2016 Skellefteå, Sweden
16 Sweden Lindström, LinusLinus Lindström C L 25 2014 Skellefteå, Sweden
52 Sweden Lundberg, ArvidArvid Lundberg D L 29 2022 Skellefteå, Sweden
45 Sweden Möller, OscarOscar Möller (C) RW L 34 2016 Stockholm, Sweden
58 Sweden Nilsson, OskarOskar Nilsson D L 32 2020 Luleå, Sweden
56 Sweden Olsson, AntonAnton Olsson D L 20 2022 Helsingborg, Sweden
64 Sweden Pudas, JonathanJonathan Pudas (A) D R 30 2021 Kiruna, Sweden
26 Sweden Robertsson, SimonSimon Robertsson RW L 20 2019 Piteå, Sweden
44 Sweden Salomonsson, EliasElias Salomonsson D R 18 2020 Skellefteå, Sweden
32 Sweden Söderström, LinusLinus Söderström G L 26 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
24 Sweden Stenman, EliasElias Stenman C L 20 2020 Norrtälje, Sweden
29 Sweden Sundsvik, AlbinAlbin Sundsvik C L 22 2018 Stockholm, Sweden
2 Sweden Wilsby, AdamAdam Wilsby D L 22 2018 Skellefteå, Sweden
40 Sweden Wingerli, AndreasAndreas Wingerli LW L 25 2022 Lycksele, Sweden

Updated 23 June 2022

Team captains

  • Göran Lindblom, 1982–85
  • Thomas Hedin, 1985–88
  • Martin Pettersson, 1988–91
  • Tony Barthelsson, 1991–92
  • Daniel Pettersson, 1993–98
  • Pär Mikaelsson, 1998–05
  • Magnus Wernblom, 2005–07
  • Mikael Renberg, 2007–08
  • Christoffer Norgren, 2008–10
  • Fredrik Warg, 2010–11
  • Jimmie Ericsson, 2011–14
  • Erik Forssell, 2014–15
  • Jimmie Ericsson, 2015–17
  • Pontus Petterström, 2017–18
  • Jimmie Ericsson, 2018–19
  • Oscar Möller, 2019–present

Franchise records and leaders

Regular season

  • Most goals in a season: Magnus Wernblom, 37 (2005–06)
  • Most assists in a season: Bud Holloway, 51 (2012–13)
  • Most points in a season: Bud Holloway, 71 (2012–13)
  • Most penalty minutes in a season: Joakim Lindström, 134 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a season, defenseman: Johan Åkerman, 61 (2005–06)
  • Most shutouts in a season: Johan Backlund, 8 (2002–03)

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers of Skellefteå AIK in the SHL/Elitserien. Figures are updated after each completed season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;      = current Skellefteå AIK player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Joakim Lindström W 479 167 297 464 .97
Oscar Möller RW 397 159 142 301 .76
Jimmie Ericsson W 518 105 173 278 .54
Roland Stoltz F 374 133 132 265 .71
Göran Lindblom D 403 71 186 257 .64
Bud Holloway W 280 81 142 223 .80
Erik Forssell C 443 94 127 221 .50
Anders Söderberg LW 314 78 123 201 .64
Johnny Forsman F 350 101 193 194 .55
Thomas Hedin F 224 113 78 191 .85

Trophies and awards


Le Mat Trophy

  • 1977–78
  • 2012–13
  • 2013–14



  • Sweden Hans Svedberg: 1957–58
  • Sweden Anders Andersson: 1960–61, 1961–62
  • Sweden Jimmie Ericsson: 2012–13


  • Canada Bud Holloway: 2012–13
  • Sweden Joakim Lindström: 2013–14

Peter Forsberg Trophy

  • Sweden Jimmie Ericsson: 2012–13
  • Sweden Joakim Lindström: 2013–14

Håkan Loob Trophy

  • Sweden Martin Karlsson: 1977–78
  • Finland Mikko Lehtonen: 2010–11

Salming Trophy

  • Sweden David Rundblad: 2010–11
  • Sweden Tim Heed: 2014–15
  • Sweden Niclas Burström: 2015–16

Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy

  • Sweden Oscar Lindberg: 2013
  • Sweden Joakim Lindström: 2014

Rinkens Riddare

  • Sweden Anders Söderberg: 2006–07
  • Sweden Oscar Möller: 2013–14
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