Hardy Nilsson, 1978. Source.
The regular season is nearly three quarters done in Sweden. Our club Skellefteå AIK are in second place in the Elitserien. They have the best goal difference, the most goals for, and three of the top ten scorers, including the league scoring leader, George "Bud" Holloway. They have reached the Le Mat Trophy finals the last two playoff seasons. I'm going to blog about each of their remaining home games as a prelude to their playoff run, which I have a feeling will end in their first Swedish championship since 1978.
How do you pronounce Skellefteå? As a foreigner you might get away with Shelleftio. But that "sk" at the beginning of the name conceals a voiceless palatal-velar fricative the like of which you have never imagined. You can hear it if you paste Skellefteå into Google Translate and hit the Listen icon.
Today Skellefteå host eleventh-place Timrå. [Skellefteå win 3 - 1. HV71 lose their game, so Skellefteå move into first place.]