The Swedish Hockey League, SHL, is a professional ice hockey league based in Sweden. It was founded in 1955 as the Swedish Series Association, but has transformed over the years to be known as the SHL, or Svenska Hockeyligan in Swedish. The Swedish Hockey League consists of 14 hockey teams, who are also the shareholders of the league. The SHL teams are:
Hockey players in the Swedish Hockey League earn a monthly salary on average around 75,000 to 90,000 Swedish Krona (SEK). When converted to US dollars, the monthly average salary for a Swedish Hockey League player is about $8,300 to $10,000. The most popular and skilled hockey players in the SHL do receive about 3-4 times greater than the average amount.
Hockey is a popular sport to be played and watched in Sweden. Sweden is situated in Northern Europe, so the cold climate is ideal for a winter sport to be played. The country has a total of three hockey leagues, the most popular and well-regarded one being the Swedish Hockey League, but also Sweden has the HockeyAllsvenskan and the HockeyEttan.
The SHL season consists of 52 games, beginning in September and finishing in March. After the season's 52 regular games, the playoff season begins in a series of seven games, similar to the NHL. The top six ranked SHL teams are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, where the next best four teams compete for the last spot in the playoffs.