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Q&A: Klingberg talks cars, teeth, Swedish food and more

The defenseman sits down with DallasStars.com's Mike Heika to answer a few off-the-cuff questions

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

John Klingberg was drafted in the fifth round (131st overall) by the Stars in 2010. Since joining the team in 2014, Klingberg ranks seventh in scoring among all NHL defensemen with 259 points in 368 games. Klingberg, 27, also leads the Stars in plus-minus at plus-45 and SAT (shot attempt differential at even strength) at plus-714 in that time.

The native of Gothenburg, Sweden sits down to answer a few questions here in our latest installment of On The Fly:

 

OK, first things first, what's the deal with your teeth? You are missing quite a few and playing that way during the game?

I've been using a bridge, but it kept coming out all of the time, so I'm doing this now.

 

Does that make you feel tougher?

No. It's brutal, because I can't talk.

 

What was your first car?

Mine? It was a Volvo.

 

In Sweden?

No, right here. I had a lease car in Sweden from my parents, but my first own car here was a Volvo.

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Why a Volvo?

Because it's Swedish.

 

Was it a good car?

Yeah, I just sold it a few days ago. I had it for a while. It was a good car, so I liked having it around.

 

You've had other cars, as well, like a Jaguar. What's been your best car?

The one I have now, an Audi RS7. I've been wanting to drive an Audi for a long time.

 

What is your favorite food when you're home in Sweden?

I like all of the holiday foods. Meatball, sausages, ham. I just think you have so many memories from celebrating holidays back home. It makes you feel good. And it's hard to get that kind of food when you're here, so it's special to me. Even when we try to cook the same food here, it doesn't taste the same because it's different groceries.

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What is your favorite American food?

Barbecue. But you find so many fresh steaks around here, too, so I really enjoy that.

 

What do your parents do for a living?

My dad is a cop, an inspector, and my mom works at the tax department.

 

Did you hear interesting stories at the dinner table from your dad?

Definitely. It's nothing I can share here, but I do. It's very interesting to hear what he's dealing with on a daily basis. Honestly, if I didn't play hockey, that's something I would probably do. On which level, I don't know, but I would like to be a cop. You help people, and that seems like an interesting job.

 

Any TV recommendations?

I've been watching a lot of series lately. Money Heist. I love Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones. I just started watching Peaky Blinders. I'm a big movies and series guy.

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What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to everything -- R&B, rock, pop, house music. It depends on which mood I'm in.

 

Do you listen to different music in Sweden?

No, same music, but I listen to a lot of Swedish music here, too.

 

Anybody else listen to that here?

(Mattias) Janmark. That's about all.

 

Any good Esa Lindell stories?

Not that I can tell you. Really, we just have the same humor. We can look at something or hear something, and then we look at each other and we don't even have to say anything. We know exactly what the other person is thinking, so we connect that way.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mike Heika is a Senior Staff Writer for DallasStars.com and has covered the Stars since 1994. Follow him on Twitter @MikeHeika.

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