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    Quality of Division 2

    I have been looking through some lower level leagues for a friend and was just wondering the quality of hockey in Division 2? What would you compare it to? Thanks.

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    It is always hard to compare leagues, and Swedish div 2 comprises 110 teams in 12 divisions, so the level of play can vary a lot between different teams and divisions. Div 2 is typically mostly amateur teams, but top teams in div 2 is typically as strong as or stronger than the bottom teams in div 1. Level of play is probably slightly lower then French Div 1 or Dutch Eredivisie.
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    Bennison,

    Thanks for the information. He was also wondering if they take imports to play for their teams? And if they offer any money, or any benefits? Thanks again.

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    Buffmatt78, another contributor here played for Jonstorp in Swedish Div 2 a couple of years back. He wrote here that he made around 400 CDN/week for a short term contract over the last 6 weeks of the season.

    But I believe (only speculation here), that it is generally only the top-end teams with ambition to play in Div 1 that pay any salary at all. A few years ago, SK Lejon had a budget of SEK300.000 and they won their div 2 series four years in a row.
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    Thanks again for the response. I know its difficult to judge myself through what he wants me to find out for him. He was wondering how to contact clubs about playing for their respective teams? I believe he was more worried about getting overseas to play. Maybe if they help pay his way over, or if they can also provide a job or what not. Thanks again for all the help.

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    Also, in general I would say that the level is alot lower in the northern parts of Sweden as div 2 is in some of the regions the lowest level of senior hockey there is. Down south there's lower divisions than div 2. I can't really think of any teams in the north who would give salaries to any players in div 2.

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    Thanks for all the responses and input about this topic. I pasted all the information to my friend. His only question is that should he just contact teams in south Sweden to have a better chance of being payed some kind of money?

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    Yes I'd say that he'll stand a better chance (albeit still slim) of getting some renumeration from teams in the southern div 2 leagues. For contact information, perhaps you can start with the Swedish Hockey Federation's pages in English: here.
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    Division 2 södra A

    Varberg2722(2)05(1)5665
    Ulricehamn2817(1)011(3)2353
    Hanhals/Kings2717(2)010(3)1552
    Nittorp2716(1)011(2)2249
    Bäcken2715(0)012(1)3346
    Motala2713(1)014(4)2042
    Alingsås2814(4)014(2)-1640
    Skara2713(1)014(0)-1038
    Vänersborg2712(6)015(1)-1731
    Kållered2710(4)017(2)-2028
    Lidköping281(0)027(3)-1066

    Pl Nr Spelare Position GP G A TP PIM

    1. 10 Alexsei Sibirtsev Forward 25 21 14 35 18
    2. 18 Sam Roos Forward 20 15 11 26 59
    3. 28 Branko Mamic Back 24 10 14 24 85
    4. 21 Erik Lewstam Forward Center 25 8 15 23 8
    5. 12 David Herfors Forward Center 23 8 14 22 49
    6. 20 Viktor Högberg-Brusk Forward 19 10 9 19 41
    7. 22 Karl Virta Back 25 9 10 19 16
    8. 23 Robert Holmgren Forward Center 22 8 11 19 22
    9. 7 Alexander Kuznetsov Forward 20 7 7 14 6
    10. 24 Richard Johansson Forward Vänster 23 3 10 13 4
    11. 2 Anders Claesson Forward 24 7 5 12 45
    12. 27 Alexander Ossipov Back Höger 24 5 7 12 18
    13. 3 Dan Olofsson Forward 18 4 8 12 10
    14. 17 Jan Rajevski Forward 24 3 6 9 12
    15. 11 Olle Eklid Forward Center 8 5 3 8 4
    16. 4 Per Lewstam Back Vänster 24 1 7 8 12
    17. 16 Anders Torstensson Back Vänster 25 2 5 7 18
    18. 19 Nemanja Vucurevic Forward 12 2 4 6 12
    19. 25 Sami Saastamoinen Forward 7 1 4 5 2
    20. 19 Mikael Syrén 5 1 3 4 2
    21. 8 Erik Holting Back 22 1 2 3 28
    22. 31 Mark Rajevski Målvakt 23 0 1 1 0

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    A-laget SERIE SEGRARE i DIV 2A efter vinst mot Ulricehamn
    A-laget kunde säkra Seriesegern i Div 2 efter vinst mot Ulricehamn med 5 - 4 , trots att det återstår fyra matcher i grundserien . Vi är därmed klara för Play-Off 1 , men vilken motståndare det blir är inte klart än.
    A team SERIES VICTORY in DIV 2A after win against Ulricehamn

    A team could secure the Series victory in Div 2 after winning against Ulricehamn with 5 - 4, although there remain four games in the regular season. We are thus ready for the Play-Off 1, but which opponents it is not clear yet.
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    Long road from Div2 -> Div1

    There is the road of Varberg (Div2, 4th level league) in Swe competition.

    Regular part, 30 games!

     MVOF(+)(-)+/-P
    Varberg Vipers302334150846674
    Ulricehamns IF301848113833059
    Nittorp IK301839118853358
    Hanhals IF301659103911255
    Bäcken HC3015213127963148
    Skara IK3015114110114-447
    Motala AIF30126121291151443
    Sörhaga/Alingsås301161397114-1743
    Vänersborgs HC307716110128-1834
    Kållered SK30661898132-3428
    HC Lidköping30132662175-1136


    Play-off 1
    2012-02-18 Varberg Vipers - HC Dalen 4 - 3
    2012-02-16 HC Dalen - Varberg Vipers 2 - 4

    Play-off 2
    2012-02-25 Varberg Vipers - Alvesta SK 2 - 1
    2012-02-23 Alvesta SK - Varberg Vipers 0 - 1

    Kvalserie F
    2012-03-18 IK Pantern - Kungälvs IK 4 - 5
    2012-03-18 Nittorps IK - Tyringe SoSS 1 - 5
    2012-03-14 Varberg Vipers - Kungälvs IK 1 - 2
    2012-03-14 IK Pantern - Tyringe SoSS 3 - 1
    2012-03-11 Tyringe SoSS - Varberg Vipers 6 - 2
    2012-03-11 Nittorps IK - IK Pantern 2 - 6
    2012-03-09 Varberg Vipers - Nittorps IK 1 - 2
    2012-03-09 Kungälvs IK - Tyringe SoSS 4 - 1
    2012-03-07 IK Pantern - Varberg Vipers 6 - 2
    2012-03-07 Nittorps IK - Kungälvs IK 3 - 6
    2012-03-04 Kungälvs IK - IK Pantern 0 - 3
    2012-03-04 Tyringe SoSS - Nittorps IK 1 - 3

    LagMVOF(+)(-)+/-P
    IK Pantern541022101213
    Kungälvs IK53111712511
    Tyringe SoSS5203141316
    Nittorps IK52031119-86
    Varberg Vipers4004616-100


    So, in Sweden it is not easy to step at better division. There is some games to play but Varberg have no chance to advance in next round, but what is the next round I dont know in this moment. Realy amazing that you must to fight in every game with lot of tough opponents through the all season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BASSA View Post
    Kvalserie F
    LagMVOF(+)(-)+/-P
    IK Pantern541022101213
    Kungälvs IK53111712511
    Tyringe SoSS5203141316
    Nittorps IK52031119-86
    Varberg Vipers4004616-100


    So, in Sweden it is not easy to step at better division. There is some games to play but Varberg have no chance to advance in next round, but what is the next round I dont know in this moment. Realy amazing that you must to fight in every game with lot of tough opponents through the all season.
    There is no next step, that is the final qualification series for Division 1. Pantern and Kungälv both played Division 1 this year but came last and had to defend their spots.

    Div 1 qualification works so that the last two placed teams in each of the 6 Div 1-leagues have to re-qualify. That is 12 teams. They are joined by 16 Div 2-teams (4 from each region) in these qualification series.
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    On the stronger Div 2 teams (southern ones like Backen HC), are local players paid/receive any benefits?

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    I guess it is possible that some of the best players in the very top teams receive some stipend, but as far as I know it is mostly amateur.
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