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Leksands Idrottsförening is a Swedish ice hockey team from the town of Leksandmarker in the region of Dalarnamarker. The team is currently playing in the second highest league in Swedenmarker, HockeyAllsvenskan. Leksand has played 53 seasons in the top Swedish league (since 1975 called Elitserien) - 1951/52 to 2000/01, 2002/03 to 2003/04 and 2005/06.

History

The club was formed in 1919 and the first hockey game was played in 1938, where they beat Mora IK 11-0. Leksands IF is one of the most popular teams throughout Sweden, despite the fact that the town of Leksand only has 6,000 inhabitants. Leksand played in the top hockey division in Sweden from 1951 until 2001. In 2001 it was the club with most consecutive seasons in the highest division at that point (a record held by Södertälje SK, with 53 consecutive seasons 1926–78.)

Following the relegation to HockeyAllsvenskan in April 2001, Leksand has commuted between the the top and second divisions until 2005/06 when the team was relegated to the second tier, where they still find themselves today.

For the 2007/08 season, Leksand signed former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour in an attempt to regain top league status. After winning the second league with relative ease, the team failed in the final qualification stage, Kvalserien, to gain promotion.

Leksand once again won Allsvenskan in the 2008/09 season, and once again failed to qualify at the final hurdle. The managers Thomas Kempe and Thomas Jonsson were sacked following three straight defeats in Kvalserien. For the 2009/10 season, Leksand has employed Leif Strömberg, who has previously successfully guided Södertälje SK through Kvalserien.

Leksands IF has won the Swedish Championships four times, in 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1975. The team has also been the runner-up five times: 1959, 1964, 1971, 1972 and 1989. Also, Leksand has won the Elitserien regular season three times, in 1980, 1994 and 1997.

Team name

The letter combination "IF" is short for "idrottsförening", which is the Swedish word for sports association. This is a commonly used abbreviation among Swedish sports teams.

Current squad

Individual club records

Most games played
721 Niklas Eriksson 1987-2005
664 Magnus Svensson 1983-2002
662 Jens Nielsen 1987-2005
575 Jonas Bergqvist 1981-1998
525 Dan Söderström 1966-1983
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Most goals scored
323 Mats Åhlberg 1966-1981
255 Dan Söderström 1966-1983
224 Jonas Bergqvist 1981-1998
212 Dan Labraaten 1969-1988
194 Jens Nielsen 1987-2005
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Most goalkeeper shut-outs
23 Christer Abrahamsson 1964-1982
11 Per-Agne Karlström 1956-1965
10 Johan Hedberg 1992-2005
9 Sean Gauthier 2001-2003
7 Ed Belfour 2007-2008
7 Åke Lilljebjörn 1992-1998
Most goals/season
42 Mats Åhlberg 1966/67
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Most assists/season
54 Jens Nielsen 2001/02
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Most points/season
81 Jens Nielsen 2001/02
81 Mikael Karlberg 2001/02
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Most penalty minutes/season
199 Stefan Bergqvist 1998/99
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Most goals (defender)/season
25 Jan Huokko 1998/99
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Most assists (defender)/season
26 Magnus Svensson 1997/98
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Most points (defender)/season
46 Jan Huokko 1998/99
Most shut-outs/season
7 Ed Belfour 2007/08
Most goals/game
6 Mats Åhlberg v Tingsryd AIF (h) 02/02/75
6 Tomas Forslund v Rögle BK (h) 02/10/94
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Most assists/game
5 Ulf Mårtensson v Surahammars IF (h) 21/11/71
5 Dan Söderström v Tingsryd AIF (h) 02/02/75
5 Hans Jax v MoDo Hockey (h) 06/11/75
5 Dan Söderström v Färjestads BK (h) 23/01/77
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Most points/game
7 Mats Åhlberg v Tingsryd AIF (h) 02/02/75
7 Tomas Forslund v Rögle BK (h) 02/10/94
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Most goals (defender)/game
4 Tomas Nord v Brynäs IF (h) 05/12/82
4 Jan Huokko v Västerås IK (h) 02/02/99
4 Jan Huokko v Södertälje SK (a) 18/10/06
Statistics courtesy of Leksands IF website and are from official games only. Correct at the end of the 2006/07 season.


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