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Global Series has a hometown feel for Claesson

The Sens are off to Sweden this week set to play a pair of games against the Colorado Avalanche in the city where Fredrik Claesson grew up.

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens defenceman and Stockholm-native Fredrik Claesson spoke about the "once in a lifetime" opportunity he gets to experience when he plays in an NHL game in the city he grew up in.

On looking forward to the NHL Global Series in Sweden next week:

It's going to be unreal. I get to see my family and friends and then play in front of them. Some of my older relatives like my grandma and grandpa have never gotten to see me play so it's going to be great.


On facing his friend and fellow Stockholm-native Gabriel Landeskog at home:

It feels like it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and it doesn't happen that often that two guys that are best friends get to play against each other in their hometown, especially in Sweden. I'm super excited.

Instagram from @claesson3: Fun playing with these guys again! Thanks Kronwall for having us����


On dealing with all the extra stuff around the game next week:

I'm going to recognize so many people. I played for Djurgårdens before and that's where we're playing in the Globe and the rink beside it so I'm going to know a lot of people coming there. It's going to be great to see everybody but we don't have that much time to do everything while we're there so as long as we can do some of it then that's great.


The one thing he's really looking forward to (besides seeing his family and friends):

It's the kebab there. It's something I have every time I come home. The first day I come home from here, I go to the same place and order the same thing so that's something I'm really going to enjoy.


On how he thinks Stockholm will embrace the Global Series:

The Globe is pretty cool. It's like a big golf ball that's just sitting in the middle of downtown Stockholm. I think they'll do a good job to make it a great experience for all of us. I can see how it would be tough for some of the guys here having to make that long travel just to play two games but I think they're really enjoy it too.


On if teammates have asked him to show them around Stockholm:

Brassard came up to me yesterday and asked if I'd take him shopping so I might have to take some of the guys on a little shopping spree over there. The shopping is great and they have a lot of malls too so I think those guys will be excited.


On what he thinks might surprise his teammates during their trip to Sweden:

Some of the bigger names here, a lot of people are going to recognize them and the Swedish fans will be cheering for them but I think it'll be mostly for Karlsson and Landeskog because they're the Swedish captains.
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