Back in November of this season the Blueliner Hockey Tour visited the Swedish capital, Stockholm. It took two hockey games featuring the biggest clubs in the city, Djurgarden and AIK. At that time Djurgarden was on the edge of the playoffs just one place above their arch rivals AIK.
Since then the 2 clubs have had rather differing fortunes. Just a week after the tour the 2 sides meet for the derby game. AIK won that match 5 – 0 and ended up going on a march up the standings. AIK finished the season in seventh place but amassed a host of momentum. It was a momentum that took the north Stockholm club to the a game seven of the second round after defeating the number one seed Lulea HF in the first round. AIK did take the first game of the second round but after losing games 2 and 3 found themselves behind the eight ball. They did manage to force a game 7 but lost out 5 – 3. It is disappointing to go out in a game 7 but at least AIK did have a remarkable run.
On the other side though Djurgarden’s end to the season was almost totally different. A second half slump to the year meant they finished the season inside the bottom 2 on goal difference and faced a relegation playoff. Djurgarden was hotly tipped to win the play down group but surprisingly struggled whilst Elitserien bottom side Timra (who finished 20 points adrift) topped the group. Djurgarden meanwhile couldn’t manage a second place as they lost twice to Alsvenska side Rogle BK. Those results meant that Djurgarden lose their place in the Elitserien after 35 years and will be replaced by Rogle BK next season.
During the Tour there was also a trip to watch Hammarby’s bandy team. Hammarby had won the championship in 2011 and where tipped to be there or thereabouts again. They finished the regular season in seventh place and beat second place Vila-Lidkoping in the first round but lost out in straight games to top seed Sandvikens in the semi-final.
After the tour’s visit the sides we met and saw perhaps didn’t have the best of seasons but it Stockholm is still well worth a visit for any sporting event.