The Swedish Hockey League (SHL) season 2023/2024 is set to start with a bang on Thursday.
On April 24th of this year, Växjö Lakers Hockey celebrated their fourth Swedish Championship gold after a fairly comfortable final series against Skellefteå, where the latter team never truly posed a threat to the Småland team. The starting whistle for a new season is about to blow, and once again, 14 clubs will compete to lift the Le Mat Trophy. Notably, the historic team MoDo is back after seven long seasons in the second highest league Hockeyallsvenskan.
Judging by the TV audience, the SHL has seen a somewhat waning engagement for some time, which can arguably be attributed to none of the popular teams such as DIF, AIK, SSK, or the recently relegated classic Brynäs being in Hockeyallsvenskan. In the opinion of the undersigned, it’s crucial that at least two of these teams quickly return to the top league to reverse the negative trend.
Frölunda, Skellefteå, Färjestad, and the reigning champions Växjö are among the favorites. Our tip is for Frölunda to win the title, following a tight final series against Färjestad.
The full schedule can be found here.