About the League
In their inaugural season the RedHawkks finished 6th. Their best result came in the 1997-1998 season when they won their first and only Swedish junior national championship. Kim Staal, who was one of the top players on Team Denmark up until recently, was on that team. Last season the RedHawks did not make the playoffs, as they were just a few points short. Malmö got 40 points in 27 games, finishing five points behind Frölunda junior team.
In 2007 Russian forward Fyodor Fyodorov played for Malmö professional team. Fyodorov scored 20 points in 18 games. However, that didn’t help Malmö much as they got relegated to Allsvenskan.
In 2011 Malmö RedHawks competed at the very first Junior Club World Cup. The Swedes lost 4-0 to Energie from Czech Republic, 6-5 in a shootout to Dinamo-Shinnik from Belarus and then beat 3-2 Oil Barons from Canada. In 2014 the RedHawks made another appearance at the tournament in Ufa and finished 4th in Group B.
Malmö is located in the south of Sweden, on the East bank of the Øresund strait, facing Copenhagen, Denmark. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden. Along with Goteborg, Malmö is one of the warmest cities in the country. According to 2015 census, there are 322,000 people living in Malmö. It is also one of the oldest and industrialized cities in all of Scandinavia. It was founded in the 13th century. It belonged to Denmark for a long time, but in 1658 the war between Denmark and Sweden ended with the Treaty of Roskilde in Roskilde, Denmark and Malmö was pronounced a Swedish city.
Malmö is multinational city. Swedes make up for just half of its population, while other citizens are immigrants. One of the most famous Malmö natives was born in an immigrant family as well – soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His father is from Bosnia, while his mother moved to Sweden from Croatia. It’s fair to say that the city has not only great hockey traditions but soccer traditions as well. Local soccer club Malmö FF won Swedish national championship 17 times. Along with its medieval buildings, one of the other attraction in Malmö is the Turning Torso tower built in 2005. The 54-story building is the second highest residential building in Europe.
Malmö RedHawks play their home games at the Malmö Arena Ab. It was built in 2008 and has a capacity for 13,700 fans.
40-year-old defenseman Andreas Lilja is one of the oldest active Malmö alumni. He still plays in the National Hockey League. He spent the first five years of his professional career with the RedHawks and went overseas after that. He has played 11 seasons in the NHL (566 games, 16 goals, 68 assists). Lilja won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Danish forward Frans Nielsen moved to Malmö from his hometown of Herning, Denmark in 2001 and had an excellent season with the RedHawks junior team as he scored 52 points in 36 games. A year later he became one of the key players on Malmö professional team and in the summer of 2006 he joined the New York Islanders. He remains on the team to this day. 32-year-old Nielsen is one of the alternate captains on the Islanders.
26-year-old Gustav Nyguist had played two excellent seasons for the RedHawks junior team before leaving to North America. At first the young forward played in NCAA for University of Maine. Moreover, he was so good on the team that University of Maine honored Nyquist by naming him to their All-Star Team of the decade. In 2011 Nyquist made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings. He has been with the organization ever since. On November 1st, 2011 Nyquist played his very first National Hockey League game. On March 26th, 2012 he scored his first NHL goal on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pavel Datsyuk assisted him on that goal. Nyquist also won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Center Carl Söderberg is another famous Malmö alumnus. Söderberg played for the RedHawks all the way from kid to professional hockey, including three seasons for their major junior team several seasons with Malmö pro team. In the summer of 2011 Söderberg signed with Linköping and became one of the top players on the team in no time. A few seasons later Söderberg being one of the top forwards in Sweden decided to try his luck in the NHL. He was 28 years old when he signed with the Boston Bruins but Söderberg still became a core player on the team. In 2015 he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.
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Center Oscar Nord was the top-scorer last season on Malmö RedHawks as he netted 16 goals and added 21 assist to that for 37 points in 43 games.