Roughly translated: Sweden’s Christmas celebrations at the hotel were up and down for Simon Edvinsson

Red Wings prospect Simon Edvinsson spoke with Aftonbladet’s Simon Holm earlier today regarding Sweden’s World Junior Championship team’s Christmas celebrations at their hotel in Red Deer, Alberta. What follows is roughly translated from Swedish:

This is how the Junior Krona celebrated Christmas at the hotel

Tomorrow, the World Junior Championship kicks off in Canada, and preparations are in full swing.

But despite that, the Junior Krona have had time to celebrate Christmas–with some friendly competitions. And mixed results:

“For me it went shittily,” says Simon Edvinsson.

Sleeping, exercising, eating and resting are pretty much everyday life in the Junior Krona’s recharging before the upcoming WJC. Players and coaches are not allowed to leave the hotel due to the ongoing pandemic. But despite the strict restrictions, the team was allowed to celebrate Christmas with each other on Saturday.

“It was really well set-up. We had a lot of fun and have become like a small family,” says Simon Edvinsson

“It went shittily”

What did you do?

“We ate good food and hung out. We gave Christmas presents and I got a teddy bear. I was happy with it, anyway,” he says, and continues:

“Then we competed a bit. It was FIFA (soccer games) and table tennis.”

But success in the competition for Simon Edvinsson did not materialize.

“At FIFA, it went shittily. It’s a shame I’m so bad at it because we play it a lot at the hotel.”

And in table tennis?

“It went perfectly okay, anyway. Better than FIFA anyway…No more than that,” he says with a laugh.

“This series I give four-plus stars”

Apart from the competition, there is not much to entertain them with when you’re locked up in a hotel. Edvinsson admits that there is some comedy watching.

“Me and my roommate, Theodor Niederbach, have just started watching, ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ It seems quite good. I give it four-plus stars.”

Edvinsson was not playing during the exhibition game against Austria, which the Junior Krona won 7-0 the other day. But it means that he’s ready when the WJC starts on December 26.

“I stayed out of the game as a precaution. But I’m 100% ready to play now.”

Recently, Simon Edvinsson was also named one of two alternate captains. To say the least, it’s a glorious mission.

“It feels great. I think I was chosen for it because I’m a contributing factor, and the fat that there’s a lot of talking, both in the locker room and on the ice,” says Simon Edvinsson.

Sweden will play its first game on December 26th against Russia. The puck drop is at 10:30 PM.

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