Say, what's that yellow leaf behind the SAIK crest? Well, according to the club's Swedish Wikipedia article, it's a maple leaf. What? Perhaps of a species with which we are unfamiliar in Canada. But then, what do we know?
Arboreal digression. What Swedish hockey clubs are named after tree leaves?
Asplöven HC Aspen leaves. Asplöven currently play in the HockeyAllsvenskan. Their hometown is Haparanda on the very border between Sweden and Finland, at the top end of the Gulf of Bothnia. Haparanda is derived from the Finnish for aspen river bank.
IF Björklöven Birch leaves. Björklöven were hockey champions of Sweden in 1987, but they fell out of the Elitserien in 1999 and are now playing in the third tier, called Division 1. They come from Umeå, up north in Västerbotten, and are natural rivals of Skellefteå. Umeå is known as the city of birches.
Lindlövens IF Linden leaves. Lindlöven also play in Division 1. The club's hometown is Lindesberg, a little north of Örebro in Central Sweden. The town's coat of arms features a linden tree.
Lönnlöven is the Swedish for maple leaves, Lönnlöfen for Maple Leafs.
On Tuesday SAIK visited Färjestads BK and won 0 - 1.
Skellefteå host Växjö Lakers today. [And win 2 - 0. Assist for Holloway. HV71 lose, so SAIK are seven points clear.]