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NHLers welcome in Sweden, rules country’s competition authority

Sep 21, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Matt Greene AP

NHL players must be allowed to play in the Swedish Elite League during a lockout, the country’s Competition Authority has ruled.

The ruling comes weeks after the league decided to ban locked-out NHLers, a decision that led to grumbling from a number of individual teams over the missed opportunity to sign Swedish superstars like Henrik Lundqvist and the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.

The Competition Authority likened the league’s ban on NHL players to a cartel.

It’s not clear whether this is the end of it, or if the league could appeal the anti-trust ruling.

The Sedin twins have said they won’t be returning to their old club, Modo, unless it looks like the NHL season will be canceled.

  1. blomfeld - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    DANCING SWEDES !

    The Sedin brothers are smart and they’re going nowhere, given the fact that the season “will” commence by the US Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, latest. So sorry there Modo … better luck next time ! :)

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