Färjestad reclaim Swedish ice hockey gold

Färjestad BK were crowned champions of Sweden's top professional ice hockey league for the ninth time on Thursday night following a convincing 4-1 victory over Skellefteå.

Färjestad reclaim Swedish ice hockey gold

Färjestad, based in Karlstad in central Sweden, had little trouble regaining the Eliteserien title, which it last won in 2009, dispensing their challengers from northern Sweden in the fifth game of the best-of-seven championship series.

“This is the best there is,” Färjestad team captain Rickard Wallin told the TT news agency following his team’s victory, before waving his arms to the elated hometown fans.

“You just can’t miss chances like this. We really had an amazing team.”

Färjestad jumped to an early lead in the first period after a shot fired by defenceman Magnus Nygren found then net after ricocheting off a Skellefteå defender and past goalie Andreas Hadelöv.

Five minutes later, Färjestad notched another score after Marius Holtet capitalised on a mistake by Skellefteå’s Fredrik Lindgren.

Färjestad never looked back, and when Pelle Prestberg found the net early in the third period to give his team a commanding three-goal league, there was little doubt that Färjestad’s ninth Eliteserien title was close at hand.

The win was sweet revenge for the squad from Karlstad, which had been knocked out of the Eliteserien playoffs in the quarterfinals last season by underdogs Skellefteå, dashing Färjestad’s hopes of a championship repeat.

And while they had to wait a year to hoist the championship trophy once again, Thursday night’s victory was no less sweet.

“It feels awesome!”, forward Per Åslund told the team’s official website, adding he looked forward to celebrating yet another title.

“It’s going to be totally insane, just as it should be.”

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Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman.

Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft
Rasmus Dahlin is bound for Buffalo. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was widely expected to be the first pick, follows Mats Sundin, who was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
“I just want everything to start,” Dahlin said. “I'm going to bring everything I have to that city. I'm super excited. I can't wait.”
Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov went second to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens used the third pick to get Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The draft had a decided Europe flavour as four of the top six players were Europeans. The first American was Brady Tkachuk who went to the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 and the Phoenix Coyotes took the first Canadian Barrett Hayton with the fifth pick. 
The 18-year-old Dahlin said he was happy to call Buffalo home despite the fact they haven't had a winning season in the past seven seasons and have missed the playoffs eight years in a row.
“It's amazing to finally put on the Buffalo Sabres' jersey,” Dahlin said. “I've been there twice. I love that city.”
The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the best defenceman at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists in seven games. He also played twice for Sweden as a 17-year-old at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
At number six, the Detroit Red Wings chose the brash Halifax Mooseheads winger Filip Zadina who vowed to make teams that passed on him pay down the road.
“I'm telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck,” the Czech Zadina said. “Yeah, it's just I want to prove to them that they have done a bad decision.”
The lone trade of the day came before the draft when the Colorado Avalanche acquired backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenceman Brooks Orpik from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the 47th pick. The Capitals were willing to get rid of Orpik and Grubauer so they could create salary cap space to sign free agents.