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20 years since a team outside the top four won the national CHAMPIONSHIP in the SHL

Roger Melin has been a trainer for Brynäs in the two rounds, 1998 to 2002 and 2017. It was during the first näslund as Brynäs managed with the historical. As the team outside the top four in the league go all the way and win the national CHAMPIONSHIP, the season of 1998-1999 is a feat no law passed by since then.

" I actually thought that there were more teams that had succeeded with it. It is clear that it is always fun to be historic in any way, " says Roger Melin.

still has the best opportunities to reach far in the playoffs.

" It feels like you have more opportunities the higher up you come. Above all, these teams have done a good season and feel strong.

the Top four also means that these team is awarded an extra home game, which Melin believes is important through the entire playoffs.

" It is clear that it is possible to surprise as the underdog, in any way, you have everything to gain then, but normally I think it is a pretty big advantage with an extra home game. It ends up the top four is a better team, then during the season worked to a self-confidence, " says Melin.

with Brynäs very detailed despite the fact that it was so long ago.

– It is hard to forget, we actually started the season pretty good and was in the top of the series after 15-20 rounds. Then we had a slump and slipped down a bit in the table. But we finished well and managed to get a fifth place, " says Melin.

the Team felt that they had been in the top tier of the table, and that it had good potential, and a belief in the team. Djurgården defeated in the quarter-finals, followed by an even slutspelsserie against Luleå in five games as it was at the time.

IN the CHAMPIONSHIP final was Played against Modo, who previously won the regular season with a crushing margin, 22 points ahead of runner-up Färjestad and 27 points ahead of Brynäs. Some of the does not play the prominent players offensively were the brothers Sedin, Magnus Wernblom, and Samuel Påhlsson, who all scored 30 points or more during the season.

– the Modo was fantastic and was far superior really. Behind them it was pretty even, but everyone expected that Modo would win the playoffs. They should have perhaps done with the team and the season the team had, " says Melin.

the national hockey league was Played whipped to win the fourth match to take the finals to a decisive in Örnsköldsvik.

" We made a miraculous turnaround after a 1-4 in the middle of the second period, but we managed to turn around and go up to Örnsköldsvik. Where we have everything to gain and Modo had a lot of pressure as favourites. They failed to really keep your nerves in control. Then we had a bit of luck you need to win the SM-gold, especially from the position we were in, " says Melin.

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