The Swedish Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league. It is the highest division in the Swedish ice hockey system. The league currently consists of 14 teams. The league was founded in 1975. And while Swedish ice hockey champions have been crowned through various formats since 1922, the title, as well as the Le Mat Trophy have been awarded to the winner of the SHL playoffs since the league’s inaugural 1975–76 season. The 2020–21 SHL season is the 46th season of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). There is a bet on ice hockey in Sweden on online sportsbook sites, predicting the outright winner.
Teams and 2020/21 Season
Counting from the formation of the SHL in 1975, Färjestad BK is the most successful team with nine Swedish Championship titles. Brynäs IF and Djurgårdens IF is tied for the second most successful team with six championship titles. Counting from 1922, when the first Swedish championships were played, Djurgårdens IF is the most successful team with sixteen championship titles, followed by Brynäs IF with thirteen. As well as Färjestad BK and IK Göta with nine.
Likewise the previous seasons, there are 14 teams this season as well. Let’s have a look.
|Brynäs IF||Gävle||Monitor ERP Arena||7,909|
|Färjestad BK||Karlstad||Löfbergs Arena||8,647|
|Leksands IF||Leksand||Tegera Arena||7,650|
|Linköping HC||Linköping||Saab Arena||8,500|
|Luleå HF||Luleå||Coop Norrbotten Arena||6,300|
|Malmö Redhawks||Malmö||The Malmö Arena||12,600|
|IK Oskarshamn||Oskarshamn||Be-Ge Hockey Center||3,275|
|Rögle BK||Ängelholm||Catena Arena||5,045|
|Skellefteå AIK||Skellefteå||Kraft Arena Skellefteå||5,801|
|Växjö Lakers||Växjö||Vida Arena||5,750|
|Örebro HK||Örebro||Behrn Arena||5,100|
The SHL season is divided into a regular-season from late September through the beginning of March. It is when the teams play against each other in a pre-defined schedule, and playoffs from March to April. It is an elimination tournament where two teams play against each other to win a best-of-seven series in order to advance to the next round. The final remaining team is crowned the Swedish champion and receives the Le Mat Trophy.
The regular season is a round-robin, where each team plays 52 games. Points are awarded for each game. Three points are awarded for winning in regulation time, two points for winning in overtime or shootout. One point for losing in overtime or shootout, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finishes with the most points is crowned the league champion.
Bet on SHL 2020/21
According to the online sportsbook sites in Sweden, Luleå HF has the highest odds of being the outright winner of the league.
Here are the odds of the Unibet Sportsbook bet:
- Luleå HF: 5.75
- Färjestads BK: 6.50
- Växjö Lakers HC: 8.00
- Frölunda Indians: 9.00
Luleå HF is predicted to be the outright winner of the team, whereas Färjestads BK isn’t so far too. Note that Färjestads BK was the winner of the 2019/20 SHL. Who do you think would be the champion this time?