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Ekman-Larsson Arrives at Training Camp

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who missed the first three days of training camp because of immigration issues, skated with teammates for the first time on Saturday.

Ekman-Larsson

“I feel really, really bad for my teammates,” Ekman-Larsson, who is a native of Sweden, said after his first training camp workout. “I let them down. I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I’m here now and excited for a good season.”

Ekman-Larsson, who was voted the Team’s MVP last season, called captain Shane Doan on the day camp opened to apologize.

“He’s just such a good kid,” Doan said. “Everyone likes him so much.”

Ekman-Larsson did some extra skating on Saturday.

“He’ll get (another) good workout Monday, and then everybody gets a day off Tuesday except Oliver,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He’ll find a way to catch up on the workload.”

Ekman-Larsson said he’s fine with that.

“It’s fun to be back,” Ekman-Larsson said. “I had no legs (on Saturday), but it’s coming and it was just fun to be on the ice again.”

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