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The First Dane

via the Copenhagen Post,

Danish ice hockey passed a milestone three minutes into the New York Islanders away game against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday.
When the Islanders fourth line hopped over the boards and onto the ice, centre Frans Nielsen was a part of it, making him the first Danish citizen ever to play in the world’s best hockey league….
True hockey trivia buffs will point out that Nielsen is technically the second Dane to play in the NHL. Poul Popiel, who emigrated from Denmark at the age of eight, played for a number of teams in the 1960s and 1970s. He was, however, an American citizen when he played.

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