2004–05 UPC-ligaen season
League UPC-ligaen
Sport Ice hockey
Season champions Vålerenga
League champions Vålerenga

The 2004–05 UPC-ligaen was the sixty-fifth season of Norway's premier ice hockey league, Eliteserien, which as of this season became known as the UPC-ligaen after UPC had acquired the naming rights for five years.[1] Vålerenga won both the League Championship and the Norwegian Championship, completing their nineteenth "double". A total of ten teams contested the league, including newcomers Comet who competed at the highest level for the first time.

The regular season commenced on 19 September 2004 and concluded on 20 February 2005.[2] Vålerenga clinched their twenty-fifth league title after winning 3–2 in overtime against the Sparta Warriors on 17 February.[3] This left them with an unassailable lead of seven points over the Trondheim Black Panthers, with only one round left to play. The result also confirmed Trondheim as runners-up ahead of the Storhamar Dragons.

The playoffs to determine the 2005 Norwegian Ice Hockey Champions were contested from 22 February to 20 March 2005.[4] Vålerenga were crowned champions for the twenty-third time after defeating Trondheim by 4 games to 1 in the best-of-seven Final.[5]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW SOW OTL SOL L GF GA Pts
1 Vålerenga (C) 42 26 4 2 0 3 7 210 113 93
2 Trondheim Black Panthers 42 25 1 2 1 1 12 154 101 83
3 Storhamar Dragons 42 24 0 2 1 2 13 138 87 79
4 Stjernen 42 22 2 2 1 1 14 144 113 76
5 Frisk Tigers 42 20 3 3 0 4 12 143 137 76
6 Sparta Warriors 42 17 1 3 3 1 17 125 143 63
7 Stavanger Oilers 42 16 1 0 1 4 20 132 148 55
8 Lillehammer 42 11 0 4 2 1 24 116 161 44
9 Comet 42 11 0 0 2 2 27 109 174 37
10 Bergen Flyers 42 6 0 2 1 1 32 114 212 24

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTW = Overtime Wins; OTL = Overtime Losses; SOW = Shootout Wins; SOL = Shootout Losses; PCT = Percent of possible points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; Pts = Points; C = Champions
Source: hockey.no

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the regular season.[6]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Flag of Russia Ilya Dubkov Trondheim Black Panthers 42 27 42 69 +32 52
Flag of Canada Nick Smith Trondheim Black Panthers 38 28 32 60 +32 81
Flag of Norway Lars Erik Spets Trondheim Black Panthers 42 29 26 55 +33 12
Flag of Finland Tomi Pöllänen Frisk Tigers 40 19 32 51 +18 22
Flag of Finland Markku Takala Sparta Warriors 41 19 31 50 –8 62
Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Sršeň Lillehammer 41 20 27 47 0 102
Flag of Finland Teemu Kohvakka Stavanger Oilers 42 18 24 42 +8 30
Flag of Finland Tomi Suoniemi Stavanger Oilers 37 16 25 41 +14 39
Flag of the Czech Republic Ondřej Steiner Stjernen 37 16 24 40 +9 41
Flag of the Czech Republic Michal Kaňka Lillehammer 42 25 14 39 +9 20
Flag of Norway Vegar Barlie Vålerenga 37 19 20 39 +24 22
Flag of Norway Kenneth Larsen Vålerenga 42 15 24 39 +30 18

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the conclusion of the regular season.[7]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Flag of Canada Chris Mason Vålerenga 20 1,203:56 - - 36 1 93.5 1.79
Flag of Norway Jonas Norgren Storhamar Dragons 35 2,028:03 21 14 61 6 93.4 1.80
Flag of Norway Joakim Wiberg Trondheim Black Panthers 31 1,847:22 - - 73 2 91.6 2.37
Flag of Finland Kimmo Kytölaakso Stjernen 38 2,243:44 - - 95 4 91.5 2.54
Flag of Norway Arne Villy Skrøder Sparta Warriors 18 1,018:25 - - 48 0 90.2 2.83

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Attendance[edit | edit source]

Also see GET-ligaen seasons attendance

For the 2004–05 season, the league attendance totaled 292,711 spectators for an average of 1,394.[8] This was a 9.3% increase from the previous season's total of 267,707 spectators and average of 1,275.[9]

Team Arena Capacity Total Games Average % of Capacity
Storhamar Dragons Hamar OL-Amfi 6,091 44,175 21 2,104 34.5%
Vålerenga Jordal Amfi 4,450 38,486 21 1,833 41.2%
Sparta Warriors Sparta Amfi 3,707 27,285 21 1,299 35.0%
Lillehammer Kristins Hall 3,194 23,679 21 1,128 35.3%
Bergen Flyers Bergenshallen 3,000 12,133 21 578 19.3%
Trondheim Black Panthers Leangen Ishall 3,000 39,076 21 1,861 62.0%
Stavanger Oilers Siddishallen 2,582 37,665 21 1,794 69.5%
Stjernen Stjernehallen 2,473 31,105 21 1,481 59.9%
Frisk Tigers Askerhallen 2,400 23,210 21 1,105 46.0%
Comet Halden Ishall 1,200 15,897 21 757 63.1%
Total Games Average
292,711 210 1,394

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                           
  1  Vålerenga 3  
7  Stavanger Oilers 0  
  1  Vålerenga 3  
  4  Stjernen 0  
2  Trondheim Black Panthers 3
  8  Lillehammer 0  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   1  Vålerenga 4
  2  Trondheim Black Panthers 1
  3  Storhamar Dragons 3  
6  Sparta Warriors 1  
  2  Trondheim Black Panthers 3
  3  Storhamar Dragons 0  
4  Stjernen 3
  5  Frisk Tigers 1  

Source: hockey.no

Norwegian Champions
2005
Vålerenga
23rd title

Qualifying for UPC-ligaen 2005–06[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W OTW SOW OTL SOL L GF GA Pts
1 Comet (Q) 6 4 0 1 0 0 1 30 9 14
2 Manglerud Star (Q) 6 2 0 1 0 1 3 13 16 9
3 Bergen Flyers 6 3 0 0 0 0 3 17 20 9
4 Furuset 6 1 0 0 0 1 4 13 28 4

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTW = Overtime Wins; OTL = Overtime Losses; SOW = Shootout Wins; SOL = Shootout Losses; PCT = Percentage of possible points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; Pts = Points; Q = Qualified
Source: speaker.no

Game log[edit | edit source]

Qualifying for UPC-ligaen 2005–06 Game Log

Awards[edit | edit source]

All-Star team

The following players were selected to the 2004–05 UPC-ligaen All-Star team:[10]

Other

Team Photos[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. UPC kjøper hockey-liga (Norwegian). Dagens Næringsliv (2004-09-20). Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  2. Fixtures — UPC-ligaen 04/05. Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  3. Vålerenga seriemester (Norwegian). Dagbladet (2005-02-17). Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  4. Sluttspill om Norgesmesterskapet menn 2004/2005 (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (2005-20-03). Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  5. Vålerenga gode some gull (Norwegian). Dagbladet (2005-03-20). Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  6. Scoring Leaders - UPC-ligaen 04/05. Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  7. Leading Goaltenders - UPC-ligaen 04/05. Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  8. Tilskuere Eliteserien 2004–2005 (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (2005-03-22). Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  9. Tilskuere i Eliteserien (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Årets Lag 2005 (Norwegian). Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (2005-03-18). Retrieved on 2010-05-07.



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