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Stavanger Oilers

Stavanger Oilers
Stavanger Oilers logo.svg
CityStavanger, Norway
LeagueGET-ligaen
Founded10 November 2000; 18 years ago (2000-11-10)
Home arenaDNB Arena
ColorsWhite, black, yellow
              
Owner(s)Tore Christiansen
General managerPål Haukali Higson
Head coachTodd Bjorkstrand
CaptainKristian Forsberg
Website[www.oilers.no]
Championships
Regular season titles4 (2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17)
Playoff championships7 (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Stavanger Ishockeyklubb, commonly referred to as Stavanger Oilers, is a Norwegian ice hockey team based in Stavanger, Norway. They currently play in the GET-ligaen, which is the top division in Norwegian ice hockey. As of 2018, it is the only team GET-ligaen in western Norway. The Oilers play their home matches in DNB Arena.

DNB Arena, the home arena of Stavanger Oilers, was opened in 2012. It has a capacity of 4377 spectators

History

Stavanger Oilers were established as a company team by Finnish expatriate workers in 2000. Viking Hockey had traditionally been the dominant hockey club in Stavanger. The club's establishment was led by the Finnish businessman Hartti Kristola, who withdrew his economic support from Viking to focus on Oilers.

The club played their first official game in the autumn of 2001, with players from the higher divisions of Finnish hockey, as well as a number of former Norwegian national ice hockey team players[who?]. These played alongside amateur local players. Stavanger Oilers, starting at the bottom of the league system, went through the 2001/02 season unbeaten, scoring 304 goals. The club top scorer, Finnish forward Jari Kesti, scored or assisted on 226 of them.

In 2002/03 Oilers went through their first 18 games unbeaten. Ahead of the season, the team received more Finnish players, as well as two of Viking Hockey's players, Tommy Edlund and Thomas Kristensen. The club's first loss came away against Gjøvik Hockey, was followed by another loss the next day to the same team. Oilers also got beaten by local rivals Bergen IK, who were the first team to defeat Oilers in Siddishallen. The team reached first place at the end of the season, with Bergen finishing second. Player Jari Kesti scored 150 points from Oilers 296 goals, and countrymen Tomi Suoniemi and Jarkko Ollikainen both scored more than 100 points. Promotion to the GET-ligaen was secured following five victories in the qualification play-offs, with the only defeat coming against Bergen in a penalty shootout.

Ahead of its first season in the GET-ligaen, more Finnish players and some young Norwegian players joined Oilers. At the start of the season the team beat Lillehammer 5-1 in the opening match, followed by a 10-0 away win at Manglerud Star in the second match. The first defeat came at home against fellow promoters Bergen. At the end of the season, Oilers finished sixth in the table. Again, Jari Kesti was the club top scorer, for the third season in a row. In the playoffs, Oilers beat Trondheim by three games to one in the quarter finals, winning the final game in sudden death in front of a sell-out crowd of 2600 people in Siddishallen. Teemu Kohvakka scored the deciding goal with only 14 seconds left of the first period of sudden death. In the semifinals, Oilers were beaten by Storhamar in three straight games.

The second elite season saw two players leave the club: Jari Kesti signed for Vålerenga and Christian Dahl Andersen went to Swedish side Arboga. Both came back during the same seasons, after unsuccessful stints in their new clubs. Owner Hartti Kristola withdrew his financial backing, and a local business executive, Tore Christensen, took over control of the club. Oilers' performances varied throughout the season, and after a loss against bottom side Bergen, Matti Riekkinen resigned as the team coach. He was replaced by Swede Gunnar Johansson in January 2005. The team finished the season in seventh place, losing against Vålerenga in the play-off quarter-finals.

Ahead of the 2005/06 season, Swedish players Bengt Höglund, Martin Johansson and Fredrik Sundin were brought in, along with the Norwegian national team player Snorre Hallem. The club had its best season to date, finishing in fourth place in the GET-ligaen. In the playoffs, Oilers beat Sparta Warriors by four games to two in the quarter finals. In the semi finals against second-placed Stjernen, each team won their home games until Oilers decided the series through a 2-1 victory in the seventh and final game of the series, away at Stjernehallen. The first-ever play-off final featured a hockey team from Stavanger ended in a defeat in four straight games against Vålerenga.

In the 2006/07 season, players joining included Henric Höglund from Stjernen and Norwegian national team players Marius Trygg and Lars Peder Nagel. At the end of the season, they finished in third place, which was still the club's best result to date. This was the third time that a team from Stavanger had won the bronze medals in the league, with Viking winning the bronze twice in the past. At the end of the season, past players Jari Kesti and Tomi Suoniemi were also honoured, as their respective shirt numbers, #7 and #22, were officially retired by the club. In the playoffs Comet were beaten by four games to two in the quarter finals, while Oilers lost to Storhamar Dragons by the same score-line in the semi finals. The club won the 2013–14 IIHF Continental Cup.

Season-by-season results

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Oilers. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Stavanger Oilers seasons.

Norwegian Champions Regular Season Champions Promoted Relegated
Season League Regular season[1] Postseason
GP W L OTW OTL GF GA Pts Finish
2013–14 Eliteserien 45 30 8 4 3 198 98 101 2nd Won Norwegian Championship, 4–2 (Vålerenga)
2014–15 Eliteserien 45 32 9 3 1 187 93 100 1st Won Norwegian Championship, 4–3 (Storhamar)
2015–16 Eliteserien 45 29 6 2 8 181 82 99 1st Won Norwegian Championship, 4–2 (Lørenskog)
2016–17 Eliteserien 45 28 10 6 1 174 102 97 1st Won Norwegian Championship, 4–2 (Frisk Asker)
2017–18 Eliteserien 45 16 16 4 9 129 121 65 6th Lost in Quarter-finals, 1–4 (Frisk Asker)

Players

Current roster

Updated 31 December 2018[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
6 Canada Brandon Burlon D L 29 2018 Nobleton, Canada
28 Norway Kristian Forsberg C/RW R 33 2014 Oslo, Norway
25 Norway Robin Haglund F R 20 2016
19 Norway Magnus Hoff RW L 25 2016 Oslo, Norway
38 Norway Henrik Holm G R 28 2011 Fredrikstad, Norway
4 Norway Johannes Johannesen D R 22 2017 Stavanger, Norway
16 Norway Even Myreng Kjellesvik D L 21 2016
10 Canada Jacob Lagacé C/RW R 29 2018 Beloeil, Canada
29 United States Phil Lane RW R 27 2018 Rochester, United States
71 Norway Peter Lorentzen W L 35 2009 Halden, Norway
62 United States Mario Lucia W L 25 2018 Fairbanks, United States
90 Norway Jonas Djupvik Løvlie C/LW L 28 2017 Oslo, Norway
20 United States Greg Mauldin RW L 37 2018 Holliston, United States
27 Norway Henrik Medhus C/RW R 24 2013 Stavanger, Norway
13 Canada David Morley C R 29 2018 Richmond, Canada
12 Norway Mats Larsen Mostue D R 30 2013 Hamar, Norway
21 Norway Daniel Bøen Rokseth D L 28 2012 Oslo, Norway
23 Norway Lars Christian Rødne LW L 19 2017
41 Norway Dennis Sveum D L 32 2007 Lillehammer, Norway
93 Norway Markus Søberg W R 24 2016 Oslo, Norway
11 Norway Simen Talge LW L 20 2015
26 Norway Patrick Ulrichsen D L 29 2018 Oslo, Norway
37 Canada Stephan Vigier C L 29 2018 Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Canada
73 Norway Markus Vikingstad F L 19 2016 Karlstad, Sweden
48 Norway Jonas Wikstøl G R 20 2017 Oslo, Norway


Retired numbers

Retired numbers
No. Player Position Career Number retirement
7 Jari Kesti C 2001–2004, 2005–2006 September 7, 2006
22 Tomi Suoniemi C 2001–2006 September 7, 2006

References

  1. ^ Code explanation; GP—Games Played, W—Wins, L—Losses, OTW—Overtime/Shootout wins, OTL—Overtime/Shootout losses, GF—Goals For, GA—Goals Against, Pts—Points
  2. ^ "A-laget" (in Norwegian). www.oilers.no. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Eliteprospects.com - Stavanger Oilers". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 31 December 2018.

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