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Claesson shows off Stockholm during the NHL Global Series

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Stockholm-native and Sens defenceman Fredrik Claesson got to show off his hometown to a group of media on Wednesday morning as part of the team's visit to Sweden for the NHL Global Series.

Video: Tour Stockholm with Freddy

Claesson held an impromptu Q&A at the end and here's everything the young Swede shared with the media...

On being a part of the NHL Global Series in his hometown:

I didn't think that this was something that would be able to happen and now we're here so I'm just super excited. It's really fun to go back and see my family and friends and get to show you guys around Stockholm.

On where he grew up:

So we're in downtown and I grew up probably 25 minutes south from here. I'm going to go back home tomorrow.

On being excited to play a pair of games in Sweden:

Yeah for sure and I get to show some NHL hockey to the kids in Stockholm and they can see it close up. 

On some memories of playing hockey growing up in Sweden:

When I was younger, we used to play hockey outside a lot and I started as a goalie. It was just freezing so that's why I quit playing goalie but now I'm here so it all worked out.

On how his teammates have enjoyed Stockholm so far:

It's tough for them to fly all the way over here with the jet lag and everything but I think at the end of this week they'll all really appreciate the trip.

Instagram from @senators: Freddy the tour guide. @claesson3 #NHLGlobalSeries

On how many friends and family will be in attendance for both games:

I don't know the prices of the tickets yet, I'll know that after for sure but I think I have like 25 people coming that I have tickets for. They'll also be a bunch of other people in the stands that I know so it's going to be fun.

On which team will have the larger fanbase in Stockholm:

I'd say Sens fans because of Erik Karlsson. He's huge over here so I think there will be more Sens fans in the crowd.

On being ready to play meaningful NHL games this weekend:

We've been talking a lot and the practices are getting a little harder now. It's something we've been focused on and when we get to the games we'll be ready. All the games are so close now too and all the points matter so we have to be focused.

On a positive hockey memory from playing in The Dome:

I scored a big goal here and that's where my celebration came from. It was against AIK when I was playing in Djurgårdens and it was a game-winner. It's on YouTube…check it out (laughs).
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