Welcoming the World Junior Hockey Champions

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Winning their first gold medal since 1981 (in 31 years!), needless to say, Sweden’s national junior hockey team was treated to a hero’s welcome at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. The World Junior Championship tournament was played in Canada last week in which Sweden clinched the title in a nail-biting game against Russia.

The seniors have won many titles, and it is now a tradition to celebrate with cheering crowds in Kungsträdgården. Last time Sweden celebrated like this was in 2006 when the seniors won both World Championship gold and Olympic gold.

  • http://www.sophiesworld.net/ Sophie

    Funny how a sport can become so popular in one country and not at all in a neighbouring country with similar culture and conditions. Not even sure we have an ice hockey team in Norway… (we probably do, but they’re not very famous).

    • Anonymous

      I know right?!. It’s crazy on this end. But now, you guys are really into skiing of all types! Been watching lots of ski competitions on TV from Norway ;)

  • http://twitter.com/DTravelsRound Diana Edelman

    These are great photos!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks!

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    That’s cool! It’s too bad Canada didn’t win but I’m happy for Sweden.

    • Anonymous

      Poor Canada :)

  • http://www.hecktictravels.com Peter Heck

    Congratulations! This is my favorite hockey event to watch and even though I am hardcore Canadian hockey fan, I am happy for the Swedish team.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! Living here in Sweden, I’ve learned (well, still learning) to appreciate hockey.