Djurgårdens IF Hockey

Djurgårdens IF Ishockeyförening – commonly known as Djurgårdens IF, Djurgården Hockey, Djurgården (IPA: [ˈjʉ̂ːrˌɡoːɖɛn]) – is a professional ice hockey team based in Stockholm, Sweden, affiliated with the Djurgårdens IF umbrella organization. Djurgården is currently playing in the Swedish second tier ice hockey league, the HockeyAllsvenskan. Djurgården's men's team is the most successful Swedish hockey team of all time, as 16-time Swedish champions, 12-time runners-up, 26-time finalists, and leaders of the marathon table for the top flight of Swedish hockey. The ice hockey section was first established in 1922 and has since been playing in the Swedish league system, with the exception of four years in the 1930s when the hockey section was temporarily dissolved.

Djurgårdens IF
CityStockholm, Sweden
Home arenaHovet and Avicii Arena
General managerK-G Stoppel
Head coachJohan Garpenlöv
CaptainMarcus Krüger
Franchise history
1922–1934Djurgårdens IF
1938–presentDjurgårdens IF
Le Mat Trophy(16) (1926, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001)

Djurgården primarily play their home games at Hovet, an older arena built in the 1950s with a capacity of 8,094, but high-profile matches such as derbies against AIK and playoff games may be played in Avicii Arena with its larger capacity of 13,850.

Djurgården have retired nine players' jerseys in their history, and have retired the number 2 twice, since both Roland Stoltz and Charles Berglund had worn the number before retiring jerseys became well-established in Sweden. 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 section.

History Edit

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 the club's hockey section was founded 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. The club's roster consisted of only six players but was reinforced with five new players for the following season. Djurgården 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. The club was successful early on 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 hockey section, and the main 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 section was dissolved.[3] Instead, focus was moved to the bandy section and given the hockey section's resources.[4]

Sven "Tumba" Johansson

The section 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 could not suffice.[7] The hockey section had now trained their own talents, who began to replace many of the players still playing for either the bandy or the football section.[8]

Game between Djurgården Hockey and Malmö Redhawks in 2006

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 walkover 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 number of goals scored in a Swedish championship final.[11]

Djurgården players celebrating a goal by Sebastian Strandberg against Färjestad BK

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] The club's goal for the season was to stay clear of the relegation positions in the league table, which was accomplished. 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. During 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.

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. This was the first finals for Djurgården since the 2001 playoffs.

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.[16][17] Big budget cuts were also made, the player salary budget was cut in half.[18] Djurgården set the goal to return to Elitserien immediately the following season. The team reached fifth place in the regular season, and Djurgården had to play qualification games for the 2013 Kvalserien. However, Djurgården failed to reach the final spot and the season was over.

The team was renewed for the 2013–14 season, with veteran players Kristofer Ottosson, Jimmie Ölvestad, Fredrik Bremberg and Christian Eklund retiring.[19] Despite a rough period in November with six straight losses, Djurgården finished the regular season on third place in the league table, which guaranteed a spot in the 2014 Kvalserien. The fight for second place after already qualified Örebro was close, and had to be decided in the last round of Kvalserien. Djurgården managed to grab the spot with 17 points, the same number as Rögle but with better goal difference due to a 6–2 win against VIK Västerås HK in the final game of the season. Djurgården was once again a team of Sweden's top tier league.

The Swedish Hockey League board stirred up a controversy with the decision to redistribute 6 million SEK of TV sponsorship from Djurgården to newly relegated rival club AIK IF in May 2014. AIK received the money to ease the transition from SHL to HockeyAllsvenskan. This was widely criticised by Djurgården, fans and clubs in HockeyAllsvenskan.[20]

Season-by-season results Edit

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by Djurgården. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Djurgårdens IF Hockey seasons. Code explanation; GP—Games played, W—Wins, L—Losses, T—Tied games, GF—Goals for, GA—Goals against, Pts—Points. Top Scorer: Points (Goals+Assists)

Season League Regular season Post season results Top scorer (regular season)
Finish GP W L T GF GA Pts
2017–18 SHL 2nd 52 23 12 17 153 111 95 Lost in semi-finals, 2–4 (Skellefteå AIK)   P. Lundh 40 (15+25)
2018–19 SHL 4th 52 23 17 12 149 120 86 Lost in finals, 2–4 (Frölunda HC)   J. Lilja 37 (12+25)
2019–20 SHL 6th 52 24 17 11 137 135 88 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic   L. Hultström 32 (15+17)
2020–21 SHL 10th 52 17 26 9 139 151 65 Lost in eighth-finals, 1–2 (Frölunda HC)   B. Nardella 33 (7+26)
2021–22 SHL 13th 52 14 27 11 130 169 58 Lost in Play out, 0–4 (Timrå IK)   M. Sörensen 44 (20+24)

Players and personnel Edit

Current roster Edit

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
7   Johan Alm D L 31 2022 Skellefteå, Sweden
  Axel Andersson   D R 23 2023 Järna, Sweden
8   Linus Arnesson D L 29 2021 Stockholm, Sweden
26   Emil Berglund C R 29 2021 Stockholm, Sweden
53   David Blomgren LW L 20 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
34   Daniel Brodin RW R 33 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
74   Nicklas Danielsson RW R 38 2022 Uppsala, Sweden
6   Stefan Elliott D R 32 2022 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
41   Alexander Falk D L 30 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
58   Fredrik Forsberg LW L 27 2021 Gothenburg, Sweden
30   Matthew Galajda G L 25 2022 Aurora, Ontario, Canada
33   Daniel Glad D L 30 2023 Stockholm, Sweden
4   Edvin Hammarlund D L 26 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
42   Ludvig Hedström D L 22 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
90   Kevin Karlsson D L 27 2022 Linköping, Sweden
86   Linus Klasen LW L 37 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
32   Marcus Krüger (C) C L 33 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
88   Jonathan Lekkerimäki RW R 19 2021 Stockholm, Sweden
35   Carl Lindbom G L 20 2021 Stockholm, Sweden
44   Olle Liss RW R 30 2022 Dala-Floda, Sweden
62   Wiktor Nilsson RW R 21 2020 Vendelsö, Sweden
37   John Norman (A) C L 32 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
20   Calle Odelius D L 19 2021 Nykvarn, Sweden
28   Liam Öhgren LW L 19 2021 Stockholm, Sweden
45   Noah Östlund C L 19 2021 Nykvarn, Sweden
24   Ludvig Rensfeldt (A) C L 31 2021 Gävle, Sweden
9   Cameron Schilling D L 34 2022 Carmel, Indiana, United States
14   Lukas Vejdemo C L 27 2022 Stockholm, Sweden
3   Alexander Ytterell D R 32 2022 Vetlanda, Sweden

Updated 6 March 2023[21][22]

Team captains Edit

Head coaches Edit


Honored members Edit

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

Summary Edit

Djurgården has honoured a total of nine 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).[24][25]

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.[26] The number 12 worn by Lars Björn, who spent 18 seasons with Djurgården between 1949 and 1966. The number 16 worn by Nichlas Falk, who played a total of 16 seasons and 751 games with Djurgården between 1995 and 2011. Falk's number was retired on 12 October 2017.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31] 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.

Franchise records and leaders Edit

Scoring leaders Edit

These are the top-ten point-scorers of Djurgårdens IF since the 1975–76 season, which is the first Elitserien season.[32] Figures are updated after each completed season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = current Djurgårdens IF player

Fredrik Bremberg[33] RW 688 197 337 534 .78
Mikael Johansson C 700 174 346 520 .74
Jens Öhling LW 665 216 214 430 .65
Nichlas Falk[34] C 816 107 276 383 .47
Håkan Södergren LW 465 144 212 356 .76
Peter Nilsson C 510 140 201 341 .67
Kristofer Ottosson[35] 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

Trophies and awards Edit

Team Edit

  • 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
  • European trophy (1): 2009
  • Tampere cup (2): 1990, 2000

Individual Edit

Coach of the Year



Håkan Loob Trophy

Honken Trophy

Rinkens riddare

Rookie of the Year

Swedish junior player of the year

References Edit

  • Fahlman, Johan (2008). Alla tiders elitserie (in Swedish). Idrottsförlaget i Västerås AB. ISBN 978-91-977326-1-1.
  • Rehnberg, Bo; Mats Wickman (1991). Djurgårdens IF 100 år: 1891–1991 (in Swedish). Stockholm, Sweden: Sellin & partner förlag. ISBN 91-7055-029-8.

Footnotes Edit

  1. ^ a b "Djurgårdens IF". (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Archived from the original on 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  2. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman p. 54.
  3. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman p. 332.
  4. ^ a b Rehnberg, Wickman pp. 72–73.
  5. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman p. 447.
  6. ^ a b Rehnberg, Wickman p. 73.
  7. ^ a b c Rehnberg, Wickman p. 104.
  8. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman p. 105.
  9. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman p. 130.
  10. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman pp. 134.
  11. ^ a b Rehnberg, Wickman pp. 135.
  12. ^ Fahlman p. 66.
  13. ^ Fahlman p. 67.
  14. ^ Bogerius, David (2007-09-27). "DIF tillbaka på Hovet" [DIF back at Hovet]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Stockholm. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  15. ^ Risto Pakarinen (2009-10-20). "Rebuilding Stockholm". IIHF. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  16. ^ "Djurgården – en allsvensk hockeyklubb". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2012-03-31. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  17. ^ "Järlan lämnar – Challe blir även sportchef". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2012-04-04. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  18. ^ Ek, Mattias (1 June 2012). "Marcus Nilson tränar inte med Djurgården". Expressen. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  19. ^ "Djurgården utan fyra tunga namn". Svenska Dagbladet. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  20. ^ Lindström, Johannes. "Hockeyallsvenska toppklubbar rasar mot SHL-fallskärm". Sveriges Television. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  21. ^ "Spelartruppen" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  22. ^ "Djurgården – Team roster". Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  23. ^ "Tränare". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  24. ^ Uhlin, Daniel (24 January 2012). "Charles Berglund – vinnaren". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  25. ^ Wahlberg, Malin (24 January 2012). "Rörd Challe fick sin tröja hissad". Sportbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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  27. ^ Lindgren, Robin (1 November 2017). "'Det blev ju ett chocktillstånd'". Expressen. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  28. ^ Johan Lundell (2007-02-15). "Lassila bakom viktig Djurgårdsseger". (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  29. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame". IIHF. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  30. ^ "TEAM SWEDEN´S COACHES SINCE 1957". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  31. ^ "Flest mål i Tre Kronor genom tiderna". (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  32. ^ Fahlman p. 54.
  33. ^ "Fredrik Bremberg". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  34. ^ "16 Nichlas Falk". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  35. ^ "9 Kristofer Ottosson". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.

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