|2012–13 Malmö Redhawks season|
|Home arena||Malmö Arena|
|Colors||Black, red and white
|Owner(s)||Malmö Redhawks Holding AB|
|General manager||Patrik Sylvegård|
|Head coach||Mats Lusth|
|1947–1972||Malmö FF Ishockey|
|2004–present||IF Malmö Redhawks|
|Le Mat Trophy||1992, 1974|
The Malmö Redhawks is an ice hockey club from Malmö, Sweden. The team is currently playing in the second highest league in Sweden, HockeyAllsvenskan. Malmö has played 16 seasons in the top Swedish league Elitserien (1990–91 to 2004–05 and 2006–07).
The team was founded on 28 February 1972 when the ice hockey section of the Swedish sports club Malmö FF became an own club. The Malmö Redhawks played in the Elitserien from 1990–91 to 2004–05. They were the Swedish champions in 1992 and 1994 and European champions in 1992.
The Redhawks, previously known as "MIF" became famous in Sweden when they started buying very talented players to an anonymous team in the late eighties. They signed players such as Peter "Pekka" Lindmark, one of the greatest goaltenders all-time, Daniel Rydmark and Raimo Helminen and basically brought money into the sport in Sweden.
At the end of the 2004–05 season, the Redhawks played in the qualification series to stay in Elitserien, lost and were relegated. Thus, as of the 2005–06 season, they played in the HockeyAllsvenskan, the second division hockey league in Sweden; at the end of the season, the top 4 teams played the qualification series with the bottom two teams of Elitserien. Malmö won the qualification round and played in Elitserien during the 2006–07 season with limited success. Finishing the season as 12th (last) meant playing Kvalserien in order to avoid relegation for the second time in three years. On 1 April 2007, the Redhawks finished third in 2008-09 Kvalserien and was relegated to the Allsvenskan league.
In 2007, Malmö Redhawks participated in a qualification series (Kvalserien) consisting of the top four teams of HockeyAllsvenskan and the bottom two teams from Elitserien, having finished 12th in the 2007–08 Elitserien season. Malmö were considered favourites alongside the second team from Elitserien, Skellefteå AIK, but failed to re-qualify for Elitserien, falling two points behind Södertälje SK. In 2008 the team once again managed to reach Kvalserien, and had a golden opportunity to advance to Elitserien, leading the series during a majority of rounds. The Redhawks, however, lost in overtime of the final round while their arch rivals, Rögle BK, claimed the Elitserien spot with a margin of two points by scoring twice in the last minute of play. The Redhawks only managed to get 2 points in the 2008 Kvalserien's last four rounds, despite having gotten 15 points after the first six games.
On 29 January 2009, while still playing in HockeyAllsvenskan, the team released all its contracted players due to financial debt and to avoid bankruptcy. The players were made free to find and sign with new clubs. By then the Redhawks were ranked 10th in the league with only one month of games remaining to play, instead of the top three or seven required for Kvalserien and possible Elitserien qualification. The team finished 8th and thus missed the playoffs, although the team was just one point short from reaching the playoffs.
Malmö Redhawks finished fifth in HockeyAllsvenskan in the 2009–10 season and thus reached the playoffs, which was an improvement over last season. The Redhawks started the playoffs by knocking out Bofors IK in two straight games, and the Redhawks were now set to face Almtuna IS for a series that would decide which team would be HockeyAllsvenskan's fourth one in Kvalserien. The Redhawks beat Almtuna 2–1 at home in the first game, but lost the two following games (which the Redhawks played on away ice) and thus were eliminated from the playoffs. In the 2010–11 season, things went worse as the Redhawks failed to reach the playoffs, finishing 8th and four points short from a playoff spot.
On 28 January 2011, during the 2010–11 season, the Redhawks announced that they had agreed to a 3-year 70-million SEK ($10.6 million USD) deal with businessman Hugo Stenbeck. The goal with the 3-year-long deal is to get Malmö Redhawks back in Elitserien.1
Malmö's efforts to reach Elitserien started immediately prior to the 2011–12 season. Several players from higher divisions, including Hannu Toivonen, Daniel Josefsson, J. D. Forrest, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Linus Klasen, joined the club. When Linus Klasen joined the team on 17 May 2011, he was immediately appointed the team's captain. Linus Klasen's three-year contract with the club includes an annual salary of 4 million SEK ($0.6 million USD), making Klasen the best paid ice hockey player in Sweden.2
The season started well with a top 3 spot after a couple of months, but after falling down to sixth place with 47 points, at that time ten points away from the third Kvalserien spot, the Redhawks' then head coach Leif Strömberg was fired on 10 December 2011. He was replaced by the team's then assistant coach Ulf Taavola. Patrik Sylvegård was acquired as the team's new assistant coach.34 After continued struggling throughout January, the Malmö Redhawks improved sharply in February, and managed to squeeze out a seventh-place finish in the league, which was enough for at least a playoff spot.5 In the Playoff round, Malmö finished second due to inferior goal difference than Rögle BK, and Malmö therefore missed the 2012 Kvalserien.
On 14 March 2012, in the aftermath of the 2011–12 season's failure, the club's general manager Stefan Nyman as well as CEO Anders Olson were fired from the club and replaced by the team's then assistant coach Patrik Sylvegård, who took over both Nyman's and Olson's positions. Mats Lusth was acquired as the new assistant coach. A Sports Committee was also created, which includes people with strong connection to Malmö Redhawks.67
In April 2012, club owner Hugo Stenbeck announced that he would not spend any more money on the Malmö Redhawks, as he had already spent 61,8 million SEK for the 2011–12 season, which exceeded the agreed total amount for all three seasons. As a result, the Redhawks filed for economic reconstruction on 11 April 2012 for the second time in three years. The filing was granted the following day. The club would also re-negotiate the most expensive player contracts in order to reduce the total salary cap from 30 million SEK down to 18 million.89
On 17 May 2012 it was announced that the club had reached an agreement with Hugo Stenbeck. The agreement confirmed that Stenbeck had correctly followed up the initial investment agreements with Malmö Redhawks. The agreement also said, among other things, that Stenbeck would help the club buy out Linus Klasen and Hannu Toivonen due to their expensive contracts. Stenbeck will remain as the majority owner of the club's holding company.10
Right after the 2011/2012 season was over, it was announced that the old Malmö Redhawks profile Patrik Sylvegård took over as both sports director and CEO. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Mats Lusth old MIF profile also he takes over as assistant coach. Ulf Taavola continue as coach like last season when he took over from Leif Strömberg. Malmö Redhawks had to sign a lot of new players. They players who remained from last season was Pontus Sjögren, Emil Carnestad, Stefan Lassen, Alexander Ribbenstrand, Robin Alvarez, Lukas Eriksson, Magnus Häggström, Tomas Kollar and Roger Olsson.
Malmö Redhawks started the season bad after 17 games played, the team had only taken 21 points11, which was far from even a playoff spot for Kvalserien. Then began a massive boost, which went through the month of November without a single loss after regulation time, and played home a total of 24 of the possible 27 points. Through the great effort in November Malmö Redhawks lay by early December in fifth place.
In January, they played much worse and lost 8 games in a row. The team finished in ninth place, which was the worst placing the team had since the large investment in the late 1980s12. In Malmö the season was over on March 2, when the regular season was finished.
|10||Robin Alvarez (A)||LW||L||25||2004||Malmö, Sweden|
|7||Amil Krupic||D||L||17||2013||Halmstad, Sweden|
|75||Rasmus Andersson||D||R||16||2012||Malmö, Sweden|
|Teemu Kesä||D||R||31||2013||Helsinki, Finland|
|5||Johan Björk||D||L||28||2012||Malmö, Sweden|
|4||Mads Bødker||D||L||25||2012||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|33||Axel Brage||G||L||24||2012||Stockholm, Sweden|
|67||Tobias Ericsson||RW||L||25||2013||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Joey Tenute||C/LW||L||30||2013||Ontario, Canada|
|20||Henrik Hetta||LW||L||23||2012||Strömsund, Sweden|
|16||Magnus Häggström||W||R||26||2012||Örnsköldsvik, Sweden|
|29||Tomas Kollar||W||L||31||2011||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Daniel Viksten||RW||L||23||2013||Mora, Sweden|
|13||Sebastian Meijer||C||L||28||2012||Ulricehamn, Sweden|
|28||Jens Olsson||D||L||28||2012||Malmö, Sweden|
|90||Mattias Persson||W||L||28||2012||Bohus-Malmön, Sweden|
|79||Ludvig Rensfeldt||W||L||21||2012||Gävle, Sweden|
|40||Pontus Sjögren||G||L||28||2011||Stockholm, Sweden|
|9||Frederik Storm||LW||L||24||2012||Gentofte, Denmark|
|61||Nicklas Jadeland||LW||L||27||2012||Malmö, Sweden|
- Peter Andersson
- Róbert Švehla (Slovakia)
- Raimo Helminen (Finland)
- Mats Näslund
- Mats Hallin
- Fedor Fedorov (Russia)
- Andreas Lilja
- Kim Johnsson
- Juha Riihijärvi (Finland)
- Daniel Rydmark
- Jani Hurme (Finland)
- Tomas Sandström
All with experience from their respective national teams.
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|Swedish ice hockey champions
|Swedish ice hockey champions