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Timrå IK (Timrå Red Eagles) is a Swedish ice hockey team from Timrå, outside Sundsvall, Sweden. The team is playing its 11th season in the Swedish elite league Elitserien 2007-08. Prior seasons include 1975-76, 1977-78, 1981-82 and 2000-01 through 2006-07.

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History

The club origins from Wifstavarvs IK, founded on May 11th 1928, and Östrands IF, founded in 1931. Both clubs started playing ice hockey in 1938 and in the summer of 1942 they merged into Wifsta/Östrands IF, more commonly called W/Ö.

W/Ö made its first Swedish Championship appearance in 1943. The championships were played independently from the national league at the time.

Five seasons later, 1948-49 the team was accepted for play in the national league system in Sweden. Starting in third league, Wifsta/Östrands IF won nine out of ten games and directly advanced to second league or Division II Norra (North Division).

In spring 1956, having spent seven seasons facing teams like Brynäs IF, Mora IK and Leksands IF, W/Ö qualified for the top national league on March 10, 1956. Meanwhile, the top league, Division I, nicknamed Allsvenskan by many, was expanded from 6+6 to 8+8 teams, a North and South Division.

In 1963, the local club Fagerviks GF was absorbed and W/Ö was renamed Wifsta/Östrand–Fagerviks IF or simply WÖF.

Starting with the 1958-59 season, W/Ö was playing its home games on an artificial ice rink. Some years later an ice arena was built, and WÖF played its first indoor season 1965-66 under the roof of what is now E.ON Arena. Just one year later, the lengthy name Wifsta/Östrand–Fagerviks IF was finally replaced by Timrå IK as of 1966-67.

Timrå IK continued to play successful hockey and stayed in the top league in Sweden until Elitserien was formed in 1975. Having finished last of the 10 teams, the club received their first relegation and was demoted after 20 years in the top league. Back in second league for one season, 1976-77, Timrå stood undefeated in all 22 games and qualified for promotion again. However, it would not last. Two one-year visits in Elitserien 1977-78 and 1981-82 ended in low results and relegation.

Many winters later, still in second league, an effort to regain the status of old times was made. On May 22, 1990, the collaboration Sundsvall/Timrå Hockey was formed with the nearby club IF Sundsvall Hockey. Still no success, and just a few years after, the joint Main/Farm team relationship was ended.

Some confusion followed when the former Timrå club was named ST Hockey during the 1994-95 season, but is since April 6th 1995 known as Timrå IK yet again.

After the 2000 Kvalserien, the Red Eagles finally earned promotion on April 14, 2000, and returned to Elitserien after 18 years of absence. Almost three years later, March 1, 2003, Timrå IK played the Swedish Championships for the first time since 1974.

Players

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Current squad

As of November 14, 2007

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
1 Magnus Åkerlund R 2007 Osby, Sweden
31 Johan Backlund L 2006 Skellefteå, Sweden
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Eric Moe R 2005 Timrå, Sweden
4 Robin Jonsson R 2007 Upplands-Väsby, Sweden
8 Sanny Lindström - C L 2002 Stockholm, Sweden
9 Kalle Koskinen L 2002 Jyväskylä, Finland
29 Kimmo Lotvonen L 2006 Oulu, Finland
30 Petri Kokko L 2006 Oulu, Finland
36 Pär Styf R 1999 Sollefteå, Sweden
Forwards
Number Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
7 Fredrik Hynning LW L 2007 Stockholm, Sweden
10 Oscar Sundh LW L 2006 Uppsala, Sweden
11 Erik Andersson C L 2007 Ljungby, Sweden
12 Robert Carlsson - A LW L 1997 Uppsala, Sweden
13 Peter Regin C L 2005 Herning, Denmark
16 Anton Axelsson LW L 2007 Kungälv, Sweden
17 Johan Andersson C L 2006 Motala, Sweden
19 Björn Svensson RW L 2006 Ljungby, Sweden
27 Timo Pärssinen RW L 2006 Lohja, Finland
32 Riku Hahl - A C L 2006 Hämeenlinna, Finland
37 Mika Pyörälä LW L 2007 Oulu, Finland
62 Petr Tenkrát RW R 2007 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
71 Jonathan Hedström - A LW L 2006 Boliden, Sweden

Retired numbers

  • 5 Lennart "Lill-Strimma" Svedberg, F, 1959-1962, D, 1969-1972

Reserved numbers


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