Imagine leaving the country where you grew up -- the place you built a life, an identity -- and flying thousands of miles to land in a city where you knew no one.
You barely speak the new language.
And now you are expected to adapt as a new citizen of that country, virtually on your own.
If the city you landed in is Rockford, Illinois, however, and your departing flight came from Sweden, you're in luck.
Arriving at your first practice and approaching your first step toward the unknown, you hear the faint sound of your native language. And just like that, you know you're home.
At least that's the case for the Swedes who landed a spot on Rockford's roster this season.