The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators play two games as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Friday and Saturday. Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson, who is from Stockholm, is a guest blogger for NHL.com. In his second entry, he talks about how he spent his off day and a special request for dinner with his parents:
STOCKHOLM -- I had one request for dinner on Thursday with my parents: Meatballs. Swedish meatballs, for sure.
It's funny. Every Friday, everyone has tacos here and then Swedish pancakes on Tuesdays or Thursdays, either one of those days you have Swedish pancakes. But tonight I asked for Swedish meatballs, so hopefully my mom can make something.
Swedish meatballs; you got them in school a lot when you were younger. They're easy to make and every time you go to IKEA, you get meatballs. Everyone does.
There's a story.
It was back in Binghamton, in 2012-13, my first year in the American Hockey League. It was me, Mika Zibanejad, Andre Petersson, Robin Lehner, Jakob Silfverberg, all of us were down there. We decided to cook some Swedish pancakes for the guys. You should have butter, but we used something else to cook it with. And everyone got sick expect for the Swedish guys. We were missing like three guys.
It was because Lehner made them, though I helped him.
A few of my teammates and I went to NK House on Wednesday to go shopping and then just went for lunch and I showed them around. Like I told them, shopping is great in Stockholm and they agreed; they got a couple of things. Then we went down to the spa at the hotel, which is really beautiful, and then just hung out.
Everyone was texting me where to go and they were texting Erik Karlsson probably and Johnny Oduya, but a few guys texted me asking where they should shop and stuff like that. I sent them to the same spot and they loved it. I heard Nate Thompson got a bunch of stuff. There was pressure, I've been talking it up so much.
Later, I went to Phil's Burger and met up with a few of my best friends. Gabe Landeskog came. He was with his parents and then, after that, he came and joined us at the casino for a little bit. That was the night.
Our friends are probably going to be rooting for Ottawa because of Karlsson. They're huge fans of him, so I would say they'll be rooting for Ottawa, and then I'm here too. That helps them a little bit.
I haven't seen my family yet, so it's going to be nice to see them today for dinner. For now, I'm still a little nervous about the games to see how it goes. But after, I think I'll feel like it was a great thing.