Vegas Golden Knights broadcaster Shane Hnidy returned from Europe with plenty to share about his experience during his overseas trip in the middle of the NHL offseason.
Hnidy traveled with members of the Golden Knights staff to Stockholm where he caught up with forward William Karlsson and goaltender Oscar Dansk.
"I hadn't been to Stockholm before, but it's a beautiful city surrounded by the water," Hnidy said. "Overall it was a great experience. Any time you go to Europe you see a lot of history and character."
Hnidy, a former defenseman in the NHL, joined Karlsson in his home country for the annual NHL European Media Tour. Each summer, European-born NHLers meet up for a media day with the league where players are part of fun content series and interviews with European media outlets.
Karlsson, who spends most of his summer training in Sweden, introduced Hnidy to his hometown of Marsta, a suburb just outside of Stockholm.
"He showed us the arena he grew up playing hockey in, he also grew up playing on a lot of the local soccer pitches because he was big into both sports," said Hnidy. "We got a chance to meet his parents and sister. They have a whole shrine in his room that is kept perfect with all his rewards growing up."
After touring Marsta, Shane joined the Golden Knights star forward for one of his grueling offseason workouts. He admitted after that the training was not exactly the same as it was during his own NHL career.
"I guess I don't know what the norm is anymore. The trainer we worked with mentioned that William Karlsson's anaerobic capacity is off the charts," he said. "If you're a Vegas Golden Knights fan, coach, or manager, that is a great thing to hear. He is in incredible shape and you can see it the way he skates."
Hnidy also spent time in Stockholm with Dansk, who is coming off a memorable season in Chicago with the Wolves reaching the Calder Cup Final. Like Karlsson, Dansk spends most of his offseason close to home.
"It was really good talking to him about last season's run with Chicago," said the Golden Knights broadcaster. "I also made sure he still knew he was in the record books for the first shutout in Golden Knights history. He was very aware."
The week spent overseas wouldn't be complete without trying some of the local cuisine along with Dansk, something that Shane had earned after the demanding workout earlier in the week.
"Oscar Dansk showed me some of his favorite spots in Stockholm. He especially recommended the Swedish meatballs, which I tried three times."