At the conclusion of today's Fan Fest intrasquad game, we caught up with Fredrik Claesson for some quality time and a quality chat.
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On having the fans come out for Fan Fest today:
It gives you a little boost when you're playing in front of fans. For the kids, they're probably having a good time watching their favourite players and just being around us. For us, it's great too.
Scoring the lone goal in today's intrasquad game:
Honestly, the forwards made a good play and I got it in the middle, up top. I wanted to get it off quick because a forward came to me and I saw an opportunity so I shot it. It went in and I gave the fans what they wanted with a little celebration at the end there.
On his signature goal celebration:
We had some charity games back in Sweden and I scored two goals there so I had done it before this year. I love scoring goals so hopefully I can do it some more this year.
On losing his first NHL goal puck during shipping:
I'm super disappointed especially for my dad and my mom. My family has been looking forward to it all summer and I told them about it. The painting was so beautiful and it's a memory that you can't really put into words. It's a dream come true to score your first goal in the NHL and then showing your family so I was super bummed about it. Hopefully I can see it again.
On stepping up his fashion game this season:
Honestly…business up top, a little casual and all plain and then crazy down low with the pants. Hopefully I can find something that you'll like and we can show it off.
Being ready for an increased role this year:
I feel ready. I had good testing and worked hard this summer. I want to take a big step this year and play in as many games as I can to show them that they can trust me.
His first NHL goal puck, stick and game sheet all arrived safely at Claesson's parents home in Sweden. Thanks to everyone that helped spread the message on social media!