Swedish hockey great Markus Naslund.
Swedish hockey great Markus Naslund. Credit: Larry MacDougal / TT.

Örnsköldsvik to Pittsburgh: NHL dreams

Markus Näslund: "The toughest thing for me was the whole adjustment of moving from a small town in Sweden"
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This season marks a record year for Swedish ice hockey players with 80 of them competing in the NHL, the prestigious North American hockey league.

Radio Sweden Weekly takes a look at why so many Swedes are heading to the NHL and what the road from a Swedish junior team to the major league looks like.

To find out, we spoke with Markus Näslund, a former NHL star with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks, about how his life changed from skating on outdoor rinks in Örnsköldsvik to being made captain for the Vancouver Canucks.

For more on the Swedish path to professional ice hockey, check out the latest edition of our podcast Radio Sweden Weekly on Swedish dreams of the NHL.

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