Detroit's Swedish Wings
The Globe and Mail's Al Maki has a nice piece on the Detroit Red Wings' group of seven Swedes for tomorrow's paper:
The Red Wings' Swedish contingent mingles easily with teammates. Sometimes, they dine as a united front; often they split up and hang around with others on the team. And if you're wondering, "Do guys like Holmstrom and Samuelsson really go visit Ikea stores for a taste of home?" the answer is ja, which is Swedish for ja.One of the more interesting tidbits in the piece is the fact that the Red Wings have just five Canadian skaters on the team, and six players if you include backup Chris Osgood. I haven't investigated, but my guess is that's the lowest Canuck-quotient in the league, making Detroit probably the most diverse team in the NHL.
"They go," Maltby said. "But only in certain cities."
Here's a breakdown of nationalities on the Red Wings:
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