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Drunken night may block ice hockey star’s US move

Swedish ice hockey star Dick Axelsson has been dropped from the national team after spending Saturday night in jail for drunk and disorderly behaviour, Aftonbladet reports.

The incident has also cast doubt over a planned summer move to the Detroit Red Wings.

The 20-year-old Djurgården player got into an argument with two police officers on arriving in the city centre with some friends on Saturday.

According to the police report, Axelsson told the officers that he “hated cops”.

On returning home from a sleepless night in a cell, the talented forward called national team coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson to inform him of what had happened.

Gustafsson made it clear to Axelsson the he would not be welcome to travel with the team to this week’s Ceska Pojistovna Cup tournament in the Czech Republic.

A touted summer move to the Detroit Red Wings may now also be in jeopardy.

“It is definitely possible to say that this is not on the plus side of his account,” the team’s European manager Håkan Andersson told Dagens Nyheter.

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Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision

Swedish goalie Eddie Läck ended up in hospital after being sent sprawling as the Detroit Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou scored a game-winning goal with 3:01 left in overtime.

Scary pictures of Eddie Läck stretchered off ice after violent collision
Eddie Läck was carried out on a stretcher. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Athanasiou crashed into Läck on the play and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie, who missed significant stretches of the NHL season with concussions, was attended to on the ice for more than 15 minutes as both teams and the crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina, watched in silence.

He was taken off on a stretcher and on to hospital for evaluation, giving a thumbs-up sign as he was carried off the ice.


The moment Athanasiou crashed into Läck. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

The Hurricanes later released a statement saying Läck was undergoing tests but had full feeling in his extremities.

“I did see it,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said when asked about the replay. “[Athanasiou] obviously went into the net hard, and there was a little shot to the head there at the end of the play and that's where the problem lies right now.”

Athanasiou said he hadn't even realized he had hit Läck as he scored the goal that gave the Red Wings a 4-3 victory.

“I had a tight angle there, so I just tried to drive the net and I'm fortunate it worked out,” he said. “You never want to see a player go down like that and go on a stretcher. I hope he's okay. I had no idea I hit him.”