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Elation and relief for Swedish Elite League qualifiers

The annual Swedish Elite League qualification tournament known as Kvalserien is an event sure to raise a gamut of emotions for the players, coaches, management and fans of the six teams involved. The prize at stake is two spots in the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien) the next season.For the two Kvalserien participants representing the two bottom finishers in Elitserien during the regular season, there is plenty to lose and only the status quo to gain in the 10-game double round robin tournament. Kvalserien is something to be dreaded and feared, because getting relegated from Elitserien means league-generated revenue, reduced sponsorship, free agent defections and lost jobs within the local community. Apart from on-ice prestige, this is also why team boosters of some Allsvenskan clubs stage aggressive fund-raising drives to attempt to lift the club into Elitserien the next season.Meanwhile, the four tournament participants representing the top minor league (Allsvenskan) clubs play all ...

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