This year the Blueliner will be on his travels again. This time to Stockholm. I will be in the Swedish capital all next year sampling what this city can offer in terms of its hockey culture. There will be two games of hockey featuring the cities two arch rivals. On Tuesday it is Djurgardens against Frolunda then on Thursday night AIK take on Farjestad at Hovet Arena.
This year I will also be going back to hockey’s routes as I visit Sweden’s Elitserien Bandy League on Wednesday as Stockholm’s third sports club (not in terms of rank) Hammarby take on Villa Lidkoping. For those of you unfamiliar with Bandy. It is a game played outdoors on a pitch about the size of a soccer field and is something similar to field hockey. In modern terms it is the game that ice hockey developed from. The rest will have to wait until Wednesday night when I should know more.
But before all that gets going. The 2011 Blueliner Hockey Tour is starting a little closer to home. Sunday night in fact at the Altrincham Ice Dome with the Manchester Phoenix and Bracknell Bees. A heads up for anyone else going to this game I am told that the trams are not running on Sunday.
As always on the Tour I will hopefully be blogging daily but of course that is technology dependant.