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Global Series blog: Fredrik Claesson

Senators defenseman happy to win two games in hometown, meet Swedish royalty

by Fredrik Claesson / Special to

The Ottawa Senators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday to sweep the two-game 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson, who is from Stockholm, was a guest blogger for Here is Claesson's fourth and final entry, from after the game Saturday:

STOCKHOLM -- It was all like a story. We were just talking about it, me and Johnny Oduya. This all couldn't have ended better for us, with four points and playing in front of our home fans -- it was pretty incredible. I didn't think this would happen a couple months or a year ago. So this is something I'm going to remember for a long time.

I think it was more than I expected. Especially because I scored a goal and my family and friends were here. I didn't expect this at all. It was really cool, really special for them to see me score a goal and to contribute to the team and do my stuff out there, play good hockey. I think it was really cool for all of us Swedes to play back here.

The fans were unbelievable. It was really cool after the game when me, Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Karlsson and Oduya, all the Swedes, took a picture on the ice. We had a little interview with the TV out there and the fans were cheering us on.

After that came something I really wasn't expecting: We met the Swedish prince.

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We walked into a small room and the prince was there, then Commissioner Gary Bettman and a few other guys. We talked to them for a little while, shook hands. It was really cool. I had no idea it was going to happen. It was a lot of fun actually, cool to meet them.

I never thought that would happen. We met the prime minister the other day, the first day we got here, and I didn't think that would happen either. That's pretty cool to meet him and shake hands with him and then to meet Prince Carl Philip now is special too for us Swedes. He's a really cool dude.

I'm really happy we did this, play the series in Sweden. It was so much fun to show all the guys on the team how great Stockholm is and how much it's got to offer with the restaurants, with the culture and architecture on the buildings and everything, all the small details. Then to meet my family and friends and to see Landeskog was also fun.

I hope we do this again. As long as there's someone from wherever we played, that would be cool, and as long as the schedule works out for it. I think once every year there should be some games over in Europe because this was awesome.

I think it's going to sink in in a couple days, maybe a week or so, and I'm going to look back and miss it and call my dad or mom and talk to them about it. But for now I'm just living it.

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