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03-16-2012, 12:04 PM
Son of Krypton
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Originally Posted by Hockeyfrilla View Post

For any non-Swedes who don't get the joke:

When Leksand was relegated to Allsvenskan for the first time in 2001, their big push to get back to Elitserien was called Återtåget.

Återtåg is a military term, meaning retreat or withdrawal.
The literal translation, though, would be return march, as in a march back home (home to Elitserien, in this case).

Leksand managed to get back to Elitserien the following, year, only to be relegated again in 2004.
They were back in Elitserien in 2005-2006, but was demoted by the end of the post-season and hasn't been back in the SEL since.

Each time, their efforts to get back have been called Återtåget (The Return March).
But what began as a word "coined" by Leksand in 2001 has since become an in-joke of sorts among hockey fans in Sweden.

You see, besides march, tåg can also mean train.
And Återtåget could mean the return train or the train back home.
So every year when Kvalserien rolls around, you're bound to hear jokes about the Leksand train derailing once again. Just like last year, and the year before that, and the year before that...

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