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Swedish Hockey

The Mighty "Blue 'n Gold"
Over the years the Djurgarden club from Stockholm has produced some of Sweden's greatest hockey stars. The "blue and gold" have been responsible for the training of such stars as Mats Sundin, Anders Hedberg and Kent Nilsson. The club's tradition dates back more than 40 years to a time when Djurgarden won eight Swedish Elite League championships between 1954 and 1963, including a record six straight between 1958 and 1963. Djurgarden also won three straight Swedish championships between 1989 and 1991. In the latter year the team became the first in Swedish history to win a European Cup title. The Lions repeated the feat in 1992, beating Moscow Dynamo in both years.

NHL Lockout
This is Mats Sundin's Djurdgarden jersey worn during the NHL lockout in 1994-95. He scored seven goals in his 12-game stint.

A Training Camp First
In the fall of 1957, 24 year-old Sven Tumba (Johansson) became the first European-trained player to attend an NHL team's training camp when he spent two months with the Boston Bruins. A fractured wrist ended his stay with Boston and Tumba went on to join the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Hockey League.

Super Loob
Hakan Loob was the first Swedish player to notch 50 goals in an NHL season. He accomplished the feat with the Calgary Flames in the 1987-88 season.

Postmaster Peter
Peter Forsberg was the first hockey player to appear on a Swedish postage stamp. This stamp commemorates Forsberg's gold-winning goal in the climactic shootout versus Canada at the 1994 Lillehamar Games

Magic Man
Sweden's Kent Nilsson became the first European-born player to score 100 points in an NHL season on February 27, 1981. He finished the season with 131 to rank third in the league.

Sweden Handily Takes Group Europe
A World Cup program from the game between Sweden and Finland. The Swedes beat their Scandinavian rivals 52. Sweden finished the first round with a perfect 3-0-0 record, but lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Canada in the semi-finals. Mats Sundin led the "Triple Crown" with seven points in the tournament.

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