Rookie left winger Carl Klingberg
doesn't hesitate when asked about playing in St. John's, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and the easternmost city in North America.
"It's just awesome. The fans are great," he said. "Everyone lives for hockey there."
The St. John's IceCaps, the primary affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets
, have been welcomed with open arms into the city of just over 100,000 residents, selling out every home game this season at Mile One Centre.
Klingberg, a 21-year-old Swedish transplant, feels right at home in St. John's, which is back in the loop this season after six years without AHL hockey. The city was previously home to the Toronto Maple Leafs
' top affiliate from 1991 to 2005.
"It's not that big of a difference," he said of the adjustment between European and Canadian living. "The town is awesome and people are friendly. The biggest difference is probably language, but my English is improving."