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by George Malik on 02/22/14 at 09:45 AM ET
You're going to get Google-translated Swedish for this one, but this story is most certainly of Red Wings-related note: According to Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg, Sweden plans on holding a reception to honor its Olympic medalists on Monday evening in Stockholm, but the Swedish hockey team's players have to decide whether to participate in the event by 9 PM Sochi time--noon Eastern Standard Time--and the hockey players have to ask their individual NHL teams for permission to fly back to Stockholm with the Swedish Olympic Committee.
With the reception taking place on Monday night and Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Jonas Gustavsson, Niklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist NHL employer set to play in Montreal on Wednesday and Ottawa on Thursday, the Red Wings' Swedes might put themselves in quite the travel pickle if they choose to take part in the celebration instead of flying home on an NHL-chartered plane alongside the Americans at 1 AM Monday, Sochi time:
By tonight, Saturday, at 9 PM local time in Sochi, the players must individually submit notices to GM Tommy Boustedt if they want to pass up taking a chartered plane to the U.S. to instead remain in Sochi and to fly to Stockholm Monday at 5 PM with the Swedish Olympic Committee's plane to arrive directly to the gold medal party.
"Their equipment has to be checked in at the NHL plane, and that's why there's a deadline. Everything has to be made clear so that baggage is packed into the right plane," says Swedish Olympic Committee press officer Bjorn Folin.
And according to Sport-Expressen, the players themselves have to contact their NHL teams for permission to celebrate with the Swedish people at Stockholm's Royal Garden.
something that makes it an even more difficult decision for the Tre Kronor stars is that if they decide to stay, but lose in the final against Canada, they can't change their decision, and will still have to travel to Stockholm and try to get to North America from there.
In terms of planning, Sweden and the U.S. will share a chartered plane taking off at 1 AM local time on Monday morning.
Finland will leave just beforehand with Canada, and then the Swedes and Americans will take the same flight.
The question is how many of the Tre Kronor stars are willing to take this chance. Thus far the two players who will turn up in Stockholm are SHL player Jimmie Ericsson and Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson.
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