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World Cup diary: Gabriel Landeskog

Forward says Team Sweden is getting on same page; explains meaning of fika

by Gabriel Landeskog / Special to NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog is playing for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 23-year-old Avalanche captain has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which begins in Toronto on Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 1. 

In his second installment, Landeskog talks about his feelings on how camp is going so far, what he's doing here off the ice and even explains what a fika is in Sweden:

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Day 2. It was a lot like Day 1 on the ice. 

I think this camp has been going well. We've been on the ice for nearly two hours with a little bit of a flood in between on both days, but I think the coaches have done a good job of doing a drill here with a lot of tempo, and then a drill right after with a lot of teaching, mixing and matching teaching with speed and hard work. 

All the guys are willing to learn. All the guys are extremely eager to learn. I think that's a very good sign, especially going into such a short tournament with everybody coming from different systems. I think everybody has done a great job of already getting on the same page. 

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The thing is, though, with Swedish hockey the style comes back to us pretty quickly when we get back together. You play tournaments here and there like the Olympics a couple of years ago and before that it was World Championship, so when we do get back together we usually do get back to the same systems. 

We want play fast, control the play, control the puck. Our 'D's are extremely skilled and skate extremely well. We want to get those guys involved as much as possible. I think we have a good group and we're having a lot of fun together, as always. 

Off the ice here the days aren't exactly a thrill ride, but they're good. For example, Monday we had our practice in the morning into the afternoon and then we walked around downtown Gothenburg. I haven't spent that much time here so I had to just follow Erik Karlsson's lead. 

Erik took us to a good salad bar and then we had a lunch out in the sun and went for a coffee after that, which we call fika here in Sweden. It basically just means you drink coffee and sit outside and you chat, just take a break from your day. We had a fika. You gotta know that one when you're in Sweden. 

It was a bunch of us who went, including myself and Erik, Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson and Patric Hornqvist. You may wonder if we get recognized on the streets here but we really don't. Well, Erik does, but I don't know if that's because he's Erik Karlsson or he's a guy driving an Audi R8. 

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Seriously, though, he gets recognized probably wherever he goes, especially here, but people don't stop us or anything like that. They're extremely polite. Sometimes they might want to wish us good luck or say 'hi' or shake our hands, but nothing crazy. That's just the Swedish people for you. 

So we did that and then we had a quick photo shoot with ViaSat, a TV company here. Then it was back to the hotel for a nap before going to dinner with some of the younger guys. That was about it. Just trying to get as much rest as I can because we're all going to need it with what's coming up.

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