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    AIK Hockey Joins ECL Elite!

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    What’s up NHLGamers,

    We’re in the last days of downtime before a new season and teams are gearing up for battle come January 7th and the first puckdrop of ECL 8. One team that has certainly been busy in the last months is Sjukstugan, who has decided to join forces with AIK Hockey to create a new NHL gaming franchise.
     

    "It is with great pleasure we welcome the prestigious AIK Hockey organisation to NHLGamer and ECL Elite.” -NHLGamer founder Kenneth Lehtinen on AIK Hockey joining ECL


    AIK Hockey will be obtaining the ECL 8 Elite spot of the long-lived Swedish juggernaut Sjukstugan, as the traditional sports club is making a grand exploration into the esports world. The Swedish club is one of the most followed European sports franchises and is certainly eager to take on this new challenge. Their hockey club is the second club worldwide to venture into NHL gaming.

    - The growth of such esports as basketball, football or F1 hasn’t gone unnoticed. The NHL has already made indications that clubs are going to invest in NHL esports in the near future. We view this as an opportunity to step into an uncharted territory with massive potential. It’s nice to be the first Swedish player in this field but it’ll be important to have this step on our competition, states Sevve Saberi from AIK Hockey.

    - AIK as an organisation is the epitome of passion, professionality and innovativity and we’re convinced that these exact traits will also be the trademark of their team in ECL Elite. I was welcomed to visit the AIK offices during the negotiation phase and was struck by their attitude and drive for this project, says NHLGamer founder @Kenu.

    The eighth iteration of ECL kicks off in just a few days and the addition of AIK Hockey to our NHLGamer ranks is definitely a welcomed boost to start the season. Competition in all our division is expected to be ramping up as the stakes will only be increasing from now on. Last season, Sjukstugan finished in 5th place after being eliminated in the quarter finals against Dynasty. Now rebranded as AIK Hockey, captain @Bjono says the team is more motivated than ever:

    - As soon as we heard about their interest, it was full throttle from there! We have an outstanding opportunity in a growing esports environment like NHL gaming. Our entire team is extremely thrilled about this. We’re all even happier about the team being AIK, as they’re one of the biggest clubs in Sweden.

    Both Kenu and Bjono are praising the level of involvement and drive from AIK’s side, which really tells a lot about the organisation. When asked if the players were AIK fans prior to the acquisition, the team captain has a humble response:

    - Our goaltender @Pippo is a hardcore fan! We were all extremely happy to have caught the attention of one of the biggest clubs in Sweden. Hopefully this is only the start and many more will follow.

     

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    What’s the outlook for AIK Hockey like in ECL 8?

    - With the involvement of AIK, we’re more motivated than ever! The team has been working relentlessly and even focusing more on the tactical aspects of the game. We’ll be entering the new season well prepared and ready to put forth the best effort possible. Our long-term goal is obviously to bring the title to our side of the Baltic Sea, says captain Bjono.

    AIK will enter ECL 8 with a very similar roster as their one for last season. The only change is in the goaltending department, where they have dropped the extremely skilled @Hullued, but added an equally competent @ICappeI. The main purpose of the move seems to have been going for an all-Swedish team identity.
     

    AIK

    AIK is a Swedish sports club based in Solna. The club was founded in 1891 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Sweden. AIK is also known by the nickname Gnaget - Rodents. The nickname rumours to have been given in the 1920s, when the teams black jerseys were so worn out that they resembled a grey rat colour.

    The ice hockey department of AIK has seen tremendous success during their long history. Currently the club competes at the second highest tier HockeyAllsvenskan, where they are in 2nd place a bit past the halfway point of the season.

     

    You can read AIK's own story here: https://www.aikhockey.se/artikel/nwziajqhw-1bbi1/aik-blir-forst-i-sverige-att-starta-ett-e-hockeylag



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    This is so exciting! Congrats Sjukstugan 😍

    Lets hope that more IRL hockey teams can help contribute to our teams here on NHLGamer. 

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    Great work to get AIK to join e-sports! Thanks AIK for leading the way, I hope we get more teams like this soon 🤩

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    11 minutes ago, The_Alpha_Furyan said:

    Very cool guys, nice job!

    Does this mean @Patovic_ returns in the role of GM/Coach/Personal trainer? 😍

    He is in the Board and the Hall of fame❤⛑

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    Thanks for the games!

    Nice people in this club. It was nice to play with them and there was always good team spirit. But yeah, it was better to go full-swedish and my time to move on!

     

    Good luck AIK😍

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    Big congrats to the members and of course to AIK Hockey for recruiting such a quality team! :)

     

    43 minutes ago, Zalaz said:

    Correction junior"z"alaz ;)

     

    Oops, sorry, I copy pasted the list from your captain and didn't notice the typo. ;)

    Fixed now!

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    2 hours ago, Mikka said:

    Rodents enter ECL as soon as Free From Rodents ceases to exist? hmmm :ph34r:

    Alot of money in my pocket to let Free From Rodents "rest" for one season 💵😁

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    All this talk about some Swedish hockey club that a total of 7 people in Germany have heard of.

    And no love at all for the new ECL logotype.

    🤭

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    2 tuntia sitten, gzell60 kirjoitti:

    All this talk about some Swedish hockey club that a total of 7 people in Germany have heard of.

    And no love at all for the new ECL logotype.

    🤭

    That tells something about german hockey fans🤦‍♂️

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    Btw, Northern Stars should be signed by Djurgården (DIF) any day now. Now that would be awesome!

    Chiimera ... make that phone call!!!!

     

     

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    vor 1 Stunde schrieb PleeMaker:

    That tells something about german hockey fans🤦‍♂️

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    Going for a streak there mate ;)

    vor einer Stunde schrieb FlyerKungen:

    I think it's f**king lit. 🔥 Keep it!

    Agreed.

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    7 tuntia sitten, Jesus kirjoitti:

    Btw, Northern Stars should be signed by Djurgården (DIF) any day now. Now that would be awesome!

    Chiimera ... make that phone call!!!!

     

     

    Ecl derby😁😁

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    Welcome and nice to see how much Love and Motivation for ice hockey. We respect this, cause it's a lot of work and time. The most of us got Work / Family's and Kids😅💪🏼

    Good luck and fun for the future

    best regards Toni

    Rising Phantoms HC 

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