Red Bulls Salute 2013: Team talk
Take a quick check on the six ice-hockey teams who will contest the finals of the European Trophy.
Berlin will host the fourth edition of the European Trophy final, European ice hockey's most prestigious competition, on December 19-22 - and you can watch the action from the final day live on redbull.com, from 8.15pm (CET)!
Luleå Hockeyförening (SWE) Home city: Luleå Founded: 1977 Head coach: Jonas Rönnqvist Team colours: Red, black, white and yellow The European Trophy holders from 2012, Luleå Hockeyförening have been ever-presents in the Swedish Hockey League, the top-tier of ice hockey in Sweden, since 1984. The Northern Division winners pulled off a hard-fought 2-0 win over fellow Swedes Färjestad BK in Red Bulls Salute 2012 and go into this year's finals as defending champions. www.luleahockey.se
JYP (FIN) Home city: Jyväskylä Founded: 1977 Head coach: Marko Virtanen Team colours: Red, black and white The winners of this year’s Southern Division, JYP have won the Finnish SM-liiga twice, in 2009 and 2012. As of September 2010, JYP entered into a partnership agreement with the NHL’s oldest US-based franchise, the Boston Bruins, to enable player trading between the two teams. www.jypliiga.fi
Djurgårdens IF (SWE) Home city: Stockholm Founded: 1891 Head coach: Tony Zabel Team colours: Yellow, red and blue Djurgårdens IF forms just part of the hugely popular sports club on the island of Djurgården in Swedish capital Stockholm, comprising successful soccer, ice hockey, handball, bandy and floorball teams. The ice hockey franchise alone boasts 16 championships, and the club overall has more than 400 Swedish titles in its 122-year history. The notoriously hardy fans of the official supporters’ club are known as Järnkaminerna, which translates a little incongruously into English as ‘iron stoves’. www.difhockey.se
Eisbären Berlin (GER) Home city: Berlin Founded: 1954 Head coach: Jeff Tomlinson Team colours: Blue, white and red Eisbären, whose name means ‘Polar Bears’ in German, are founder members of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, and in 2013 are host to the Red Bulls Salute European Trophy finals having also won the trophy itself in 2010. In former guises, they were known as SC Dynamo Berlin before German reunification, and EHC Dynamo Berlin after the Berlin Wall’s collapse in 1989. They have won the DEL title in seven of the last nine years, including each of the last three. Their theme song is ‘Hey, wir wollen die Eisbären seh’n’, which, roughly translated, means, ‘Hey, we wanna see the Polar Bears,’ originally a song by German band The Puhdys. www.eisbaeren.de
Frölunda Indians (SWE) Home city: Gothenburg Founded: 1938 Head coach: Roger Rönnberg Team colours: Red, white and green Frölunda have enjoyed top-level Swedish ice hockey for the last 15 years, during which time they have twice won the title, in 2003 and 2005. They also won the championship way back in 1965. Originally part of Västra Frölunda IF, they became the independent Frölunda Hockey Club, or Frölunda Indians, in 2004. The most experienced player in their history, with 891 appearances in two spells with the club, is Ronnie Sundin, who retired in 2009. www.frolundaindians.com
Färjestads BK (SWE) Home city: Karlstad Founded: 1932 Head coach: Leif Carlsson Team colours: Black, green, gold and white Last year’s beaten European Trophy finalists, Färjestads have been in the top echelon of Swedish hockey for four decades, and they’ve won the Eliteserien title nine times since it began in 1975 – in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2011. www.farjestadsbk.se