- Promotion to the top flight in 1962
The Almtuna IS is a Swedish professional ice hockey club based in Uppsala, playing in the second highest Swedish professional league, the HockeyAllsvenskan since 2003. The team played only in the 1962/ 63 in the highest division in Sweden. Play their home games in the club from the 2562 -seat Gränby Ishall.
The Almtuna was founded on August 9 in 1932 and initially operated the sections football, bandy and table tennis. Hockey was included in the offer of the club in 1947. In the 1980s, the club has developed into a pure hockey club. The greatest success of the club's history was the 1962/ 63, when the first team of the club in the top division in Sweden, Elitserien today took part. However, the club at the end of the season got off again when you missed relegation in the relegation round only because of goal difference. In 1987, the club in Uppsala / AIS has been renamed, but since the AGM 2000, he called again Almtuna.
Almtuna was 1989/90, 1991/ 92 and 2001/ 02 to the Allsvenskan. 2003 back in the Bundesliga in this second division, where the club has since held.
In addition to the first team, the club has for many years on youth development and operates for a hockey school. Thus, the U14 Junior Team 2000/ 01 reached the final of the national championship against MoDo Hockey, but they lost. The U20 team of the club was in the 2004 /05 Superelit - at J20, the top division of the U20. Over the years there have been many players who played their careers in Almtuna began in the Elitserien later. These include Jonas Almtorp ( MODO Hockey), Robert Carlsson, Markus Matthiasson (both Timrå IK ), Nicklas Danielsson ( Brynäs IF ), Andreas Pihl ( Linköpings HC ), Johannes Salmonsson ( Djurgårdens IF) and Mikael Wahlberg (Malmö Redhawks ). In the season 1996/97 the Almtuna put ten players of the junior national team.
In addition to the youth teams of all ages, the club also runs a women's team.
Well-known former players
- Arne Carlsson - 142 caps
- Hans Tvilling - 87 caps
- Stig Tvilling - 84 caps
- Marcus Ragnarsson - 49 times
- Petter Rönnquist - 38 caps
- Stig Andersson - 26 caps
- Jonathan Ericsson - Detroit Red Wings
- Anders Bastiansen - Norwegian national team
The home games of Almtuna be held since 1974 in Gränby Ishall that includes two ice rinks. The A- halls can accommodate up to 2562 spectators, while the B halls is primarily used as a training hall and 350 spectators sums. The club is currently carrying out plans for a new ice rink to be opened in 2010 as an extension of the Gränby Center. The construction project, which is partly funded by the municipality of Uppsala, runs under the working title Arena 2010.