2012-02-27 10:00:00 | AIK
Foto: Sami Grahn / Pic-Agency.com
Ahead of the game against Timrå yesterday, Elitserien's leading scorer Richard Gynge had not scored for eleven games in a row. So he decided to score not once, not twice, not a hattrick, not four times - but five times. An achievement that no one has managed in Elitserien this season.
Check out the five goals here!
2012-05-21 12:21:00 | AIK
AIK stood for an upset when they ousted Luleå (the best team in the regular season) in the quarter-finals. But then Skellefteå ended AIK's dream of becoming Swedish champions, after beating AIK 4-3 in the semi-finals.
AIK:s scoring leader Kent McDonell scored six goals and had six assists in the playoffs, but the 33-year-old Canadian won´t play in AIK the upcoming season. Hockeyligan.se contacted McDonell to find out more about his future.
Kent McDonell. Photo: Sami Grahn / Pic-Agency.com
First of all, how does it feel now a few weeks after the playoffs?
- I've had time to sit and reflect on this past playoffs. I believe that we competed really well and should be proud of the progress that AIK made this season, says McDonell.
Why do you think you had such a strong performance in the playoffs?
- Sometimes things just fall into place and things go your way. This playoff was one of those times. I had a lot of opportunities to shoot the puck and the fortunate thing for me was good things happened.
How was your time in AIK?
- I had a great time. Our coaches Roger (Melin), Gunnar (Persson), Stefan (Persson) really made it enjoyable going to the rink everyday. They demanded hard work and fun. They made me really start to enjoy the game the same way I did when i was younger.
How does it feel to leave AIK?
- The last 2 seasons have been fun seasons. It's always tough leaving a place you really like. The only easy part of it was knowing that quite a few other guys are leaving also and that your not the only piece of the puzzle there getting rid of. It's going to be a whole new team with a different identity.
Did you want to stay in AIK?
- Of course I wanted to stay. It was a place that I really enjoyed. I would be lying if i said I wasn't very disappointed.
Kent McDonell in action. Photo: Bert Söderström /Pic-Agency.com
After five seasons and 232 games in Elitserien you have achieved 121 points (63+58). Will we see you in Elitserien next season as well?
- I hope to be back in the Elitserien. It's a great league with no weak teams. I have never in my life been in a league that has such a great compete level from game 1 to 55. It seems like every year it comes down to the last week of the season to figure the playoff rankings.
Which is your best memory from your time in Elitserien so far?
- My best memory has to be the long overtime this playoffs.
(AIK-Skellefteå 4-5 OT, Skellefteå scored the game-winning goal after 10:49 in the sixth (!) period), says McDonell and continues:
- It was so long that my body was cramping up and i could barely bend my legs. Also the fans really left an impression on me that night as well. I don't think they stopped screaming for 5 hours.
McDonell after one of his goals. Photo: Sami Grahn /Pic-Agency.com
Which are your options for the upcoming season?
- My agent has had conversations with plenty of teams in Sweden as well Europe. As of right now I have no idea of what is going to happen. I'm at home training hard getting ready for where ever that happens to be.
Have you had any contact with clubs from Elitserien?
- Yes, my agent has a contact with teams. I would rather not say what teams but there is interest which is a good starting point.
How long are you willing to wait for a new contract?
- I'm going to sign the first contract that makes sense for my family and I. As a player you have to take many factors into play. I don't want to play for a team that doesn't want to compete and get to the next level of winning. I want to be successful as a player and team.
2012-05-22 09:30:00 | AIK
Anaheim Ducks have signed Viktor Fasth to a one-year contract through the 2012/13 NHL season. 29-year-old Fasth has been named the Swedish Elite League’s Goaltender of the Year (Honken Trophy) in each of the last two seasons.
Viktor Fasth. Photo: Michael Campanella / Pic-Agency
On signing a one-year deal:
- I’m really happy and looking forward to joining the organization. It’s a dream come true for me. I’m really excited, Fasth says to ducks.nhl.com.
On choosing the Ducks:
- The Ducks showed a real big interest. I had the feeling that they wanted to give me this chance and they believe in me. That is very important for me.
On this being the time to come over to the NHL:
- I’m really glad to have this opportunity to come over to the NHL. It’s always been a big dream for me. It was a tough decision for me last year, but we choose to stay home in Sweden. This year felt great and it was really hard to turn down. Turning it down was never an option.
2012-07-31 15:04:00 | AIK
AIK have interviewed their new player Broc Little. Last season the 24-year-old American won the scoring league in HockeyAllsvenskan. Now he´s hoping to contribute for AIK in Elitserien.
Click here to watch the interview with Little.
Nicklas Jensen from Denmark will also play for AIK the coming season, unless he manages to clinch a spot in the NHL and Vancouver Canucks.
Here you find the interview with Jensen.
2012-08-07 10:28:00 | AIK
Rastislav Pavlikovsky in action for AIK. Photo: Tobias Josefsson
So far Rastislav Pavlikovsky has played 257 games in Elitserien. The two last seasons the Slovak has represented AIK and now the center is hoping to get a new contract in Elitserien.
- I have received a couple of offers from the Czech Republic and from Germany, but I want to wait for offers from Sweden first, says Pavlikovsky to Hockeyligan.se and continues:
- My agent will try to get me some good offer from Elitserien in October, so that's my first choice. Because of an artist contract I can't come to Sweden before October 16, so we'll see what will come up around this time.
- I'm only 35 years old and 100% healthy, so I still want to have some fun out there on the ice.
2012-08-28 11:20:00 | AIK
Due to his shoulder injury AIK´s new player Broc Little still hasn´t been able to play any pre season games.
- It´s getting better and better every week and hopefully I´m going to play this weekend. It would be nice to finally get out there, the 24-year-old American says to AIK-TV.
Click here to watch the whole interview.
(The part with Little starts at 03.10)
2012-09-06 13:42:00 | AIK
AIK:s new player from Denmark, the 19-year-old forward Nicklas Jensen, tells AIK-TV his expectations for the coming season and he also gives his view about his team´s performances during the pre season.
Here you find AIK-TV's interview with Jensen
2012-09-20 13:51:00 | AIK
Nicklas Jensen celebrates his goal. Photo: Michael Campanella
AIK's Danish forward Nicklas Jensen recorded his first goal in Elitserien in Wednesday's game against defending champions Brynäs. Click here to watch AIK-TV´s post game interview with Jensen.
Nevertheless, AIK lost the game 3-4 after a sudden death goal by Brynäs American defender Ryan Gunderson.
2012-10-03 13:51:00 | AIK
Josh MacNevin. Photo: Bert Söderström / Pic-Agency
AIK´s Canadian Josh MacNevin did his first game for the season Tuesday night when AIK beated Rögle 5-3. The 35-year-old defender didn´t just participate for the first time this season, he also managed to score an important goal in AIK´s first win 2012/2013.
Click here to watch AIK-TV´s post game interview with MacNevin.
2012-10-15 11:58:00 | AIK
AIK´s Esa Pirnes scored one goal in Saturday´s 2-0-win against Luleå Hockey. So far Pirnes has recorded 8 points in 10 games, which makes him AIK´s scoring leader together with Nicklas Jensen.
Here you find AIK-TV´s post game interview with the forward from Finland.