Alex Killorn will be keeping his own diary during the week and through the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm. The first of two games against the Buffalo Sabres, at Ericsson Globe, is Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV). The second is Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV). He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
In his first entry, Killorn writes about a unique flight from North America to Stockholm and what he has planned with his teammates for this week, especially after receiving a list of tips and recommendations from defenseman Victor Hedman, the only Sweden-born player on the team.
STOCKHOLM -- It was an interesting trip here because it was different in so many ways from how we usually travel.
We were still in the hotel in New York after our game on Friday and we were there all day Saturday, waiting to fly overnight to Stockholm. We went through security at the hotel, and we were trying to figure out all day what to pack. The process of being screened at the hotel and then going right to the plane was something that we have never done before. There was definitely an excitement among the group that you could sense. It was like you were going on a trip with all your buddies, except at the end of the week you are playing two games. It seemed like a bit of vacation to start; everybody was pretty giddy and happy.
The flight itself wasn't too bad. It was right around seven hours, and it went by super quick. A lot of guys went to sleep right away, but I didn't get as much sleep as some of the other guys. I watched a couple of movies and then finally slept.
I've never been to Sweden before, and I'm really excited to experience what it has to offer. A lot of guys on our team have been here before because the World Championships were here a few years earlier. I've heard so much about this city. Victor Hedman talks about it a lot, and he is very proud. We are excited to explore a bit, which we haven't gotten a chance to do yet because we literally got to the hotel and came here for a short practice.
I'm really looking forward to being a tourist. I'm not sure what I am most interested in doing yet. Heddy sent us out a list of recommendations, so I need to go through that and figure out what my must-see things are. I know that I definitely have to try the meatballs here, though.
This trip comes at a good time for us. It's at the end of a first few weeks where we have been on the road a lot and especially with this trip being together in another country for a week, that we have had opportunities to bond as a team. I think we are pretty familiar with everyone on the team now, and the new guys have fit in pretty easily with the veterans. It's pretty rare where we have this much time between games -- basically a week -- and we are on the road together, so there will be a lot of bonding time for sure.
That will probably begin in earnest tomorrow. With practice done now, everyone is pretty exhausted today, but we know we can't go to sleep yet. We have to hold out as long as we can to try to counteract some of the effects of the flight and the time change. We'll probably go to a team dinner and try to find some place to watch a bit of the NFL games before we finally call it a day.
We have practice again tomorrow, and we should start being more acclimated to the time change. I'm really looking forward to everything that the week is going to bring.