“Will not be welcomed in the SHL”

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Seven Swedish players in the KHL.
C More expert Johan Tornberg believes that everyone has done their part in the SHL.
– I don’t see a sports director who will welcome the players, he says.

It was in C More’s studio in connection with this weekend’s SHL premiere that the sensitive question came up. Since the war in Ukraine broke out, scores of Swedes have chosen to break their contracts and leave their lucrative contracts in the Russian league – but many have also made completely different decisions.

Massive criticism

As many as seven Swedes play in the KHL for the coming season. It can be compared with Finland and the Czech Republic, which together have one (!) player in the league. The Swedish players have already been informed that they are not welcome in Tre Kronor for the time being, and the question now is whether they are welcome back to Swedish hockey at all.

180825 back Fredrik Claesson during the charity tournament All Star Tournament between Stockholm All Stars and Djurgården on August 25, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo: Dennis Ylikangas / Bildbyrån

Expert and profiler Johan Tornberg doesn’t think so.

– I’ll be honest and say that I don’t understand how the players think. To then come back to Sweden later… I don’t see a sports director in the SHL who will welcome the players. I find it hard to see that club even contacting those players. That’s what I think, he says.

“Stand for it!”

Petter Rönnqvist, also an expert in C More, thinks that the comparison with the Czech Republic and Finland is remarkable – and that the Swedish players only think with their wallets.

– I think that we in Sweden have a bit of a problem with that, we don’t really have the feeling that those countries had historically. However, once they choose to go there, one hopes to go under the radar. But they only care about their financial gain. The players think egocentrically – and stand up for it in that case!, he says.

161015 C More’s Petter Rönnqvist before the ice hockey match in the SHL between Luleå and Färjestad on October 15, 2016 in Luleå. Photo: Peter Skaugvold / BILDBYRÅN / Cop 116

Petter Rönnqvist believes that the players should have done everything in their power to break the contracts and make other decisions.

– From a purely moral point of view, there is no problem in refusing. It goes without saying that you should do it in this situation.

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