Djurgårdens IF Hockey

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Djurgårdens IF Hockey
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF Hockey season
Djurgårdens IF Hockey Logo.svg
City Stockholm, Sweden
League SHL
Founded 1922 (1891)
Home arena Hovet
Colors Blue, red, yellow
General manager Sweden Charles Berglund
Head coach Sweden Hans Särkijärvi
Captain Sweden Timmy Pettersson
Franchise history
1922–1934 Djurgårdens IF
1938–present Djurgårdens IF
Le Mat Trophy 1926, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001

Djurgårdens IF Ishockeyförening (English: Djurgården IF Ice Hockey Club) is a professional ice hockey team based in Stockholm, Sweden, affiliated with the Djurgårdens IF umbrella organization. Djurgården is the most successful Swedish hockey team of all time, as 16-time Swedish Champions, 9-time runners-up, and leaders of the marathon table for the top flight of Swedish hockey, as well as two-time European Cup winners. Following two seasons in second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan, Djurgården has been promoted for play in the SHL for the 2014–15 season.

Djurgården's home arena is Hovet, with a capacity of 8,094, but high-profile matches such as derbies against AIK and some playoff games are played in the Ericsson Globe with its larger capacity of 13,850.


Djurgårdens IF was founded 12 March 1891 at a café at the address of Alberget 4A on the island Djurgården.[1] Ice hockey was introduced in Sweden in 1921, and Djurgården's hockey section was formed in 1922 with the help of IK Göta player Wilhelm Arwe. The club participated in its first Swedish championship the same year, being beaten by Hammarby in the semifinals. Djurgården's team consisted of only six players but was reinforced with five new players for the following season. The club managed to reach the final during this season against IK Göta, which proved to be too hard and Djurgården lost 3–0 at Stockholms Stadion. The procedure was repeated in 1924 and Djurgården had to wait until 1926 to finally lift the Le Mat trophy for the first time, after a 7–1 victory against VIK Västerås HK. Djurgården's achievements came fast, and four Djurgården players were named for the Swedish roster in the 1924 Winter Olympics. At the 1926 Swedish Championship, the team contained three of those players, Wilhelm Arwe, Ernst Karlberg and Ruben Allinger.[2]

In the beginning of the 1930s, the success Djurgården had during the 1920s began to fade. High costs and low attendance figures took their toll on the department, and the club itself. At the same time, no new leaders or players joined Djurgården. When the team was relegated to the second division in 1934, the hockey department was dissolved.[3] Instead, focus was moved to the bandy department and given the hockey department's resources.[4]

The department was restarted in 1938 in the sixth division (Klass VI) and the team consisted of former players like Einar "Stor-Klas" Svensson and Gustaf "Lulle" Johansson.[4] The team only played three league games during this season; but this was enough to win the sixth division and get the team promoted to the fifth division.[5] Problems arose when the club tried to recruit new players. Those who were asked to join the team thought the inquiry was some kind of joke.[6] However, the club managed to gather enough players to take part in the following season's matches. These players had mainly played bandy and football prior to joining the hockey team.[7] The plan for the coming seasons was to get promoted every year until the club reached the highest division again.[6] Thus the 1940s consisted mainly of climbing in the league system.

For three years in a row from the fifth division, Skuru IK was always ahead of Djurgården in the league table. However, as two teams were promoted from every division, this was of no concern. The 1942–43 season was never completed due to warm weather, but since the national division 2 were expanded to six leagues for the 1943–44 season, both Djurgården and Skuru were promoted anyway. This meant that Djurgården now had left the local Stockholm leagues and advanced to the national leagues. Djurgården would have to wait until 1947 to finally win a division again, only to be beaten by Atlas Diesel and Västerås SK in the promotion playoffs.[7] For the 1948–49 season, the team was finally back in the highest league, and finished second behind Hammarby. No Swedish championship was played this season due to warm weather, and the only available hockey rink at Stockholms Stadion couldn't suffice.[7] The hockey department had now trained their own talents, who began to replace many of the players still playing for either the bandy or the football department.[8]

Game between AIK vs. Djurgården Hockey

The 1950s began well for Djurgården. While the team couldn't beat Hammarby in the league, the Swedish Championship was a different matter. After winning on walk over against Forshaga IF, the team advanced to the semifinals to meet Hammarby. The dominants of the 1930s and the 1940s were beaten 3–1 after one goal each by twins Hans and Stig Andersson, and one goal by Karl-Erik Andersson. Djurgården's final opponent Mora IK proved to be an easy task. Gösta "Lill-Lulle" Johansson scored three goals and in the end, Mora was beaten 7–2.[9] This was the first Swedish Championship for the club in 24 years.

The Swedish championship was remade for the 1952–53 season. Instead of a single-elimination tournament with a total of eight teams, the winners of the south and north divisions met each other twice to decide the championship. Djurgården's opponent in the final were Gävle Godtemplares IK; the first game ended with a 5–1 victory, and the second game ended with a 1–1 draw.[10] Led by Sven "Tumba" Johansson's 19-goal season, Djurgården went on to win the south division by winning all ten league games in the 1954–55 season. Both finals in 1955 were played at Johanneshovs IP and Djurgården won both games against Hammarby IF, 6–3 in the first and 11–2 in the second final.[11] The second final is still a record for the amount of goals scored in a Swedish championship final.[11]

Four former players won Olympic gold with the Sweden national team at Torino 2006. These players were Daniel Tjärnqvist, Mats Sundin, Mikael Tellqvist and Niklas Kronwall.

Djurgården suffered from economical problems after the 2004–05 Elitserien season and lost 16 players before the following season. The club had to rely players from the junior teams and could only acquire new players who were rejected by other clubs due to the poor economy.[12] Djurgården's goal for the season was to stay clear of the relegation positions in the league table, which the team achieved. However for the first time in 20 years, Djurgården was left outside the playoffs.[13] For the 2007–08 season, they changed their official home ice from the Stockholm Globe Arena to their smaller, former home arena, Hovet. Nevertheless, a significant minority of the games was scheduled for the larger arena, just like some games were played on Hovet during the Globe era.[14] Djurgården reached the playoffs, finishing seventh in the regular season. The runner-up of the regular season, Linköpings HC, chose Djurgården and knocked them out of the playoffs, 4–1 in games. Honken Trophy-winner and Elitserien Rookie of the year Daniel Larsson left Djurgården for Detroit Red Wings after the season, and was replaced by Gustaf Wesslau. For the 2008–09 season all games were played at Hovet.[15] Djurgården was often close to the relegation spots. Five straight wins after new year put Djurgården on safe ground. Although, as the teams on the last playoff-spots kept winning, the team ended up on 10th position in the league table.

Mikael Johansson and Tomas Montén who had shared the task as head coach were joined by former head coach Hardy Nilsson in May.[16] The 2009–10 season began with the Nordic Trophy pre-season tournament, which Djurgården won. Djurgården finished second in the league and lost the finals to HV71, Djurgården won the first final 4–3 but lost 4–2 in matches. Five of six finals went to overtime.

The most common nicknames for the team are "Järnkaminerna" (The Iron Stoves), "Stockholms stolthet" (The Pride of Stockholm) and "Mesta mästarna" (The Winners of Most Championships). Djurgården also has a supporters' club called Järnkaminerna, which it shares with the football department.

The previous CEO of Djurgården Hockey AB, the organization which handles the elite team within Djurgårdens IF Hockey, was Jan Ednertz. However, in November 2011, Ednertz announced that he would leave the Djurgården organization after the 2011–12 season.[17]

After struggling through the 2011–12 season, Djurgården finished eleventh and had to play in the 2012 Kvalserien. Subsequently the team was relegated to the second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan for the 2012–13 season after failing to make the top two spots in the Kvalserien. This ended a 35-year run of consecutive Elitserien seasons for Djurgården. As a result, Djurgården fired general manager Jan Järlefelt and replaced him by Charles Berglund.[18][19]



  • Le Mat Trophy (16): 1926, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001
  • European Cup (2): 1991, 1992


Current roster[edit]

Updated April 19, 2012.[20][21]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
20 Sweden Eklund, ChristianChristian Eklund C L 37 2006 Haninge, Sweden
Sweden Eriksson, HenrikHenrik Eriksson C/LW L 24 2012 Västerhaninge, Sweden
Canada Johner, DustinDustin Johner C R 31 2012 Estevan, Saskatchewan, CAN
Sweden Reideborn, AdamAdam Reideborn G L 22 2012 Stockholm, Sweden

#37 Chet Pickard (G)
#39 Adam Reideborn (G)
#7 Nils Andersson (D)
#8 Linus Arnesson (D)
#41 Alexander Falk (D)
#4 Elias Granath (D)
#56 Erik Gustafsson (D)
#36 Philip Holm (D)
#28 Kim Lennhammer (D)
#51 David Lidström (D)
#3 Douglas Murray (D)
#33 Timmy Pettersson (D)
#23 Fredrik Bremberg (LW/RW)
#20 Christian Eklund (LW/C)
#17 Henrik Eriksson (C/LW)
#26 Tim Eriksson (LW/RW)
#18 Michael Holmqvist (C/LW)
#24 Patric Hörnqvist (RW)
#83 Dustin Johner (C/RW)
#92 Gabriel Landeskog (LW/RW)
#61 Markus Ljungh (C/W)
#9 Kristofer Ottosson (C)
#66 Marcus Sörensen (RW)
#10 Alexander Wennberg (C/LW)
#46 Pontus Åberg (RW/LW)
#19 Jimmie Ölvestad (LW/RW)
#15 Steve Saviano (LW)

Honored members[edit]

The seven (now eight) banners hanging at Ericsson Globe.


Djurgården has honoured a total of eight player numbers.[1] The number 2 worn by Roland Stoltz, who spent 15 seasons with Djurgården between 1955 and 1970. As well, the number 2 worn by Charles Berglund was also retired by Djurgården, on 24 January 2012. Berglund played 12 seasons with Djurgården and won the Swedish Championship with them five times. He was the team's captain in his four final seasons before retiring in 2001. He also won the World Championship gold medal two times (1991, 1992) as well as the Olympics gold medal once (1994).[22][23]

The number 5 worn by Sven "Tumba" Johansson, who spent 16 seasons with Djurgården between 1950 and 1966. The number 11 worn by Jens Öhling, who spent 18 seasons with Djurgården between 1979 and 1997. His number was retired on 24 January 2002.[24] The number 12 worn by Lars Björn, who spent 18 seasons with Djurgården between 1949 and 1966. The number 22 worn by Håkan Södergren, who played 14 seasons with Djurgården between 1977 and 1991. The number 25 worn by Mikael Johansson, who joined the club in 1985. Johansson played seven seasons before joining EHC Kloten in the Swiss National League A. He returned to Djurgården in 1997 and played eight more seasons in the club. Johansson's number was retired on 15 February 2007.[25] The number 27 worn by Thomas Eriksson, who joined Djurgården in 1976 and played four seasons before joining Philadelphia Flyers. He returned in 1981 and played two seasons before moving back to Philadelphia once more. In 1986, Eriksson returned to Djurgården and played an additional eight seasons.

Four Djurgården players and two builders has been inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.[26] Arne Grunander, longtime chairman of the club, was inducted in 1997. Grunander was also the chairman of Swedish Ice Hockey Association between 1978 and 1983. Arne Strömberg, head coach of the team between 1956 and 1960, and head coach of team Sweden between 1960 and 1971.[27] Forward Sven "Tumba" Johansson was inducted the same year, and represented team Sweden in four olympic games and 14 IIHF World Championships. He played a total of 245 games and scored 186 goals for the national team, which makes him team Sweden's scoring leader of all time.[28] Defenceman Lars Björn was inducted in 1998, representing Sweden in three olympic games and 9 World Championships. He played a total of 217 games for the national team. Defenceman Roland Stoltz was inducted in 1999, representing team Sweden in three olympic games and 12 World Championships. He played a total of 218 games for the national team. Forward Kent Nilsson was inducted in 2006. He joined Djurgården in 1973 and played for the team during three seasons. After 11 seasons in North America and a short stint in Italy and Switzerland, Nilsson returned to Djurgården for one season in 1988, winning the Swedish championship. He had another stint in Switzerland before playing his last and fifth season in Djurgården in 1992. Nilsson represented team Sweden in 94 games.

Scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers of Djurgårdens IF since the 1975–76 season, which is the first Elitserien season.[29] Figures are updated after each completed season. Bold indicates a player still active with Djurgården. Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, P/G = Points per game

Player POS GP G A Pts P/G
Fredrik Bremberg[30] RW 688 197 337 534 .78
Mikael Johansson C 700 174 346 520 .74
Jens Öhling LW 665 216 214 430 .65
Nichlas Falk[31] C 816 107 276 383 .47
Håkan Södergren LW 465 144 212 356 .76
Peter Nilsson C 510 140 201 341 .67
Kristofer Ottosson[32] C 649 163 170 333 .51
Jan Viktorsson C 584 163 167 330 .56
Charles Berglund C 584 105 212 317 .54
Thomas Eriksson D 512 129 146 275 .54

Award recipients[edit]

Coach of the Year



Håkan Loob Trophy

Honken Trophy

Rinkens riddare

Rookie of the Year

Season-by-season results[edit]

For seasons prior to 2004, see List of Djurgårdens IF Hockey seasons

Year Level Division Record Avg.
Notes Ref.
Position W-T-L
2004–05 Tier 1 Elitserien 5th 23–7–20 7,391 Top scorer: Sweden Nils Ekman (45 pts.)
Top goalie: Canada Jose Theodore (91.7 SV%)
Swedish Championship playoffs 5–7 9,893 Won in quarterfinals, 4–3 vs Timrå
Lost in semifinals, 1–4 vs Frölunda
2005–06 Tier 1 Elitserien 10th 13–13–24 6,964 Top scorer: Sweden Fredrik Bremberg (49 pts.)
Top goalie: Finland Teemu Lassila (89.9 SV%)
2006–07 Tier 1 Elitserien 10th 19–14–22 6,865 Top scorer: Sweden Fredrik Bremberg (64 pts.)
Top goalie: Sweden Daniel Larsson (91.1 SV%)
2007–08 Tier 1 Elitserien 7th 21–14–20 6,623 Top scorer: Sweden Fredrik Bremberg (45 pts.)
Top goalie: Sweden Daniel Larsson (92.1 SV%)
Swedish Championship playoffs 1–4 7,575 Lost in quarterfinals, 1–4 vs Linköping
2008–09 Tier 1 Elitserien 10th 17–15–23 6,161 Top scorer: Sweden F. Bremberg (57 pts.)
Top gaolie: Sweden Gustaf Wesslau (91.4 SV%)
2009–10 Tier 1 Elitserien 2nd 26–12–17 7,034 Top scorer: Sweden M. Nilson (51 pts.)
Top goalie: Sweden Gustaf Wesslau (91.7 SV%)
Swedish Championship playoffs 10–6 10,519 Won in quarterfinals, 4–1 vs Brynäs
Won in semifinals, 4–1 vs Linköping
2 Lost in finals, 2–4 vs HV71
2010–11 Tier 1 Elitserien 6th 22–4–10–19 7,401 Top scorer: Sweden M. Krüger (35 pts.)
Top goalie: Sweden Mark Owuya (92.7 SV%)
Swedish Championship playoffs 3–4 10,012 Lost in quarterfinals, 3–4 vs Luleå
2011–12 Tier 1 Elitserien 11th 15–10–7–23 7,723 Top scorer: Sweden M. Nilson (32 pts.) [33]
Elitserien qualifier 3rd 4–1–1–4 6,234 Decrease Relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan
2012–13 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 5th 26–3–8–15 6,184 Top scorer: Sweden P. Åberg (40 pts.) [34]
Qualifying playoffs 3rd 2–0–1–3 5,750 [35]
2013–14 Tier 2 HockeyAllsvenskan 3rd 23–8–11–10 6,142 [36]
SHL qualifier 2nd 5–1–0–4 8,054 Increase Promoted to the SHL [37]



Team captains[edit]

Head coaches[edit]


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