Hockey Heroes’ Happy Homecoming

Thousands of Swedes packed a central Stockholm square Monday to welcome home the victorious national ice hockey team.

The Swedish team made history during the weekend, winning this year’s World Ice Hockey Championships, the first nation to take both that title and the Winter Olympics gold medal in the same year.

Wearing gold-colored helmets, the players emerged on an outdoor stage with coach Bengt-Åke Gustavsson, to the delight of a flag-waving crowd. The team reciprocated by singing “We Are the Champions” and the Swedish national anthem.

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