Whether it is because of private, physical or medical reasons, all players have to at one point of their career let go of floorball and make room for new ones to enter the game. Here is a list with some of the best players quit playing floorball this season!
Rickie Hyvärinen (AIK & Finland)
35 year old Finnish forward Rickie Hyvärinnen is one of the greatest players of all time. During his 13 seasons in the Swedish Superliga he never produced less than 30 points per season, and reached his peak in 2010 when he did a total of 69 points, winning the point scoring league and got selected by the Swedish Floorball Federation as player of the year 2010. According to a list by Innebandymagazinet Hyvärinen was the second best player in the world season 2009/2010, just behind Finnish team-mate Mika Kohonen. Hyvärinen played a huge role when Finland won their first gold medal in the World Floorball Championships. It was Hyvärinen who assisted Tero Tiitu who scored the final goal in overtime, making Finland world champions. This trio – Tiitu, Hyvärinnen, and Kohonen created the first line in the Finnish team in 2010, where they showed total dominance and won the gold for Finland once again.
Karl-Johan Iraeus (AIK & Sweden)
Karl-Johan Iraeus is one of Swedens most experienced players of all time with 89 games for the Swedish national team – many of them as captain. He is 3 times world champion, 1 time Swedish champion and 1 time European champion with AIK. The 33 year old center started his SSL career in FC Helsingborg in 2002, where he played until 2006 when he moved on to Jönköpings IK in 2006. After just one season he then moved to Stockholm and joined AIK to play the rest of his career – also as a captain in his later years.
Patrik Åman (AIK & Sweden)
The third player from AIK who decided not to continue his floorball career. The Swedish goalkeeper Patrik Åman goes down as one of the best goalkeepers that have ever played. He became world champion in 2012 & 2014, 1 time Swedish champion and 1 time European champion. Åman has played in several Swedish top teams; Dalen, Sirius and Storvreta. But his last 8 years were spent in AIK. Season 2012/2013 he was also ranked as the 6th player in the world!
Anna Jakobsson (Endre & Sweden)
30 year old forward Anna Jakobsson became during her final season the all-time top scorer in the Swedish Superliga when she scored her 453th goal. But if that isn’y enough, she is also the record holder for most goals scored in a game (10), most points in a game (12) and in 2012/2013 she broke the record for scored most goals scored in a season (54). She is also two times world champion; in 2013 and 2015.
Sara Helin (Pixbo Wallenstam & Sweden)
Despite only being 25 years old, Sara Helin has decided not to continue her career as a floorball player. Already at 21 years of age Sara Helin had in her four previous seasons produced over 200 points in the Swedish top league. In 2011 she left KAIS Mora and signed a three year contract with Pixbo Wallenstam, where her success continued. In her final season she came at the 6th place in the point scoring league, became Swedish Champions with Pixbo as well as world champions with Sweden.
Silvana Nötzli (Red Ants Rychenberg & Switzerland)
26 year old Swiss international decided in already in March to leave floorball behind. Season 2011/2012 she joined Swedish team KAIS Mora, where she had 4 successful seasons – reaching the playoff final in every single one of them. She even became Swedish champions in her last season with Mora before she returned to Switzerland and Rychenberg to play one final season.
More great players who quit playing floorball on elite level season 2015/2016:
Johannes Skog (IBF Falun & Sweden)
Alexander Egebrant (IBF Falun & Sweden)
Sanna Scheer (Rönnby & Sweden)
Staffan Jacobsson (Storvreta IBK & Sweden)
Magnus Svensson (Warberg IC & Sweden)
Alexander Bodén (IBK Dalen & Sweden)
Kim Hadelund (Mullsjö & Sweden)
Amanda Larsson (KAIS Mora & Sweden)