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Djurgårdens IF Hockey
Djurgårdens IF Hockey
League Elitserien
Founded 1922 (1891)
History Djurgårdens IF
Djurgårdens IF
Arena Hovet
City Stockholm, Sweden
Team Colors Blue, red, yellow
General Manager Sweden Tommy Engström
Head Coach Sweden Hardy Nilsson
Captain Marcus Ragnarsson
Swedish Champions 1926, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001

Djurgårdens IF Hockey is the ice hockey department of the Swedish club Djurgårdens IF, based in Stockholm. The club is the most successful team in Sweden, having won the Swedish Championships 16 times as well as producing many of Sweden's best players.

In addition to its 16 national championships, the team finished second eight times (1923, 1924, 1927, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1998) and were also European champions twice (1991 and 1992).


Club history

Djurgårdens IF was founded 12 March 1891 at a café in Alberget 4A on Djurgården.[1] Ice hockey was introduced in Sweden in 1921, and Djurgården's department 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 with 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.

In 1934 the department was dissolved due to lack of players and resources. Instead, the bandy department was prioritized and given the hockey department's resources.

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.[2] The team was able to get promoted to the fifth division the same season. Problems arose when the club tried to recruit new players. Those who where asked to join the team thought the inquiry was some kind of joke.[3] However, the club managed to gather enough players to take part in the following season's matches. The plan for the coming seasons was to get promoted every year until the club reached the highest division again.[3] Thus the 1940s consisted mainly on climbing in the league system.

Four former players won Olympic gold with the Sweden national team at Torino 2006. Most notable among them was Mats Sundin from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Djurgården lost 16 players before the 2005–06 Elitserien season and had to play with junior players and could only acquire new players who where rejected by other clubs due to the poor economy.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] For the 2008–09 season all games were played at Hovet.[7]

The most common nicknames for the team is "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.

Notable players


Current roster

Updated December 23, 2009.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
34 Sweden Brodin, DanielDaniel Brodin RW R 20 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
29 Sweden Cehlin, PatrickPatrick Cehlin RW R 18 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
44 Sweden Danielsson, NicklasNicklas Danielsson LW R 25 2006 Uppsala, Sweden
20 Sweden Eklund, ChristianChristian Eklund C L 32 2006 Haninge, Sweden
15 Sweden Eklund, OscarOscar Eklund D L 21 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
21 Sweden Engqvist, AndreasAndreas Engqvist (A) C R 22 2005 Stockholm, Sweden
37 Sweden Eriksson, HenrikHenrik Eriksson LW L 19 2007 Stockholm, Sweden
26 Sweden Eriksson, TimTim Eriksson LW L 28 2008 Södertälje, Sweden
16 Sweden Falk, NichlasNichlas Falk D/C L 39 1995 Stockholm, Sweden
28 Sweden Gustafsson, CarlCarl Gustafsson RW L 20 2007 Stockholm, Sweden
7 Sweden Holmqvist, AndreasAndreas Holmqvist D R 28 2008 Stockholm, Sweden
18 Sweden Holmqvist, MichaelMichael Holmqvist RW L 30 2008 Stockholm, Sweden
40 Sweden Josefson, JacobJacob Josefson C L 19 2005 Stockholm, Sweden
49 United States Klubertanz, KyleKyle Klubertanz D R 24 2009 Madison, Wisconsin, USA
32 Sweden Krüger, MarcusMarcus Krüger C L 19 2008 Stockholm, Sweden
4 Sweden Nilson, MarcusMarcus Nilson (A) LW R 32 2009 Bålsta, Sweden
19 Sweden Ölvestad, JimmieJimmie Ölvestad RW L 30 2004 Stockholm, Sweden
9 Sweden Ottosson, KristoferKristofer Ottosson C L 34 1998 Skarpnäck, Sweden
33 Sweden Pettersson, TimmyTimmy Pettersson D L 33 2006 Gislaved, Sweden
3 Sweden Printz, DavidDavid Printz D L 29 2007 Solna, Sweden
10 Sweden Ragnarsson, MarcusMarcus Ragnarsson (C) D L 38 2008 Östervåla, Sweden
39 Sweden Ridderwall, StefanStefan Ridderwall G L 22 2004 Brännkyrka, Sweden
17 Sweden Tjärnqvist, MathiasMathias Tjärnqvist LW L 30 2009 Umeå, Sweden
41 Sweden Wesslau, GustafGustaf Wesslau G L 25 2008 Upplands Väsby, Sweden
97 Canada Zigomanis, MikeMike Zigomanis C R 29 2009 North York, Ontario, Canada

Honoured members

Sven Tumba Johansson

Djurgården has retired a total of seven numbers.[1] The number 2 worn by Roland Stoltz, who spent 15 seasons with Djurgården between 1955 and 1970. 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 January 24, 2002.[9] The number 12 worn by Lasse 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 was the latest player to have his number retired, when it was retired on February 15, 2007.[10] 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 one builder has been inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.[11] 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. 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.[12] Defenceman Lasse 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

These are the top-ten point-scorers of Djurgårdens IF since the 1975–76 season.[13] Figures are updated after each completed regular 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[14] RW 688 197 337 534 .78
Mikael Johansson C 700 174 346 520 .74
Jens Öhling LW 665 216 214 430 .65
Håkan Södergren LW 465 144 212 356 .76
Nichlas Falk[15] C 747 102 254 356 .48
Peter Nilsson C 510 140 201 341 .67
Jan Viktorsson C 584 163 167 330 .56
Charles Berglund C 584 105 212 317 .54
Kristofer Ottosson[16] C 594 148 155 303 .51
Thomas Eriksson D 512 129 146 275 .54


Team captains

Head coaches

Awards and trophies

All players are from Sweden unless otherwise stated.

Le Mat Trophy

  • 1925–26, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1999–00, 2000–01

European Cup

  • 1990–91, 1991–92

Coach of the Year



Håkan Loob Trophy

Honken Trophy

Rinkens riddare

Rookie of the Year


  1. ^ a b "Djurgårdens IF" (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ Rehnberg, Wickman pp. 72–73
  3. ^ a b Rehnberg, Wickman p. 73
  4. ^ Fahlman p. 66
  5. ^ Fahlman p. 67
  6. ^ Bogerius, David (2007-09-27). "DIF tillbaka på Hovet [DIF back at Hovet]" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm). Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  7. ^ Risto Pakarinen (2009-10-20). "Rebuilding Stockholm". IIHF. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Spelartruppen" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ Bengtsson, Janne (2002-01-24). "Hur känns det att ta en plats bland de stora?" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  10. ^ Johan Lundell (2007-02-15). "Lassila bakom viktig Djurgårdsseger" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  11. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame". IIHF. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Flest mål i Tre Kronor genom tiderna" (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  13. ^ Fahlman p. 54
  14. ^ "Fredrik Bremberg" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "16 Nichlas Falk" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "9 Kristofer Ottosson" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 


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

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