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Report: Soderberg out of Swedish Olympic consideration due to Bruins transfer

Oct 1, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

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Carl Soderberg has been ruled out of 2014 Winter Olympic contention because of his decision to leave Team Sweden for the Boston Bruins, according to a report from Sport-Expressen.

Swedish head coach Par Marts said Soderberg has been “disqualified” after bailing on the national team in April, prior to the 2013 World Hockey Championships (which were being held in Sweden). Soderberg left to play with Boston in the late stages of the regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs, signing a three-year deal.

Soderberg, 27, faced issues upon trying to join the Bruins. His transfer was temporarily blocked by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association — based on his selection for the Worlds — but was eventually green-lit, allowing Soderberg to appear in six regular season and two playoff games for the B’s.

A 6-foot-3, 200-pound skill forward, Soderberg has been a curious figure in the world of international hockey. Originally drafted by St. Louis in 2004, he’s spent the last eight seasons in Sweden and lead the league in goals last year. His breakout campaign coincided with Boston’s increased interest in bringing him to North America.

In speaking with Expressen, Marts said the decision to exclude Soderberg was his own — not the SIHA’s — and noted that Soderberg was not named to the 35-man orientation camp announced in late July.

  1. dan46778 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    If he is playing great n can help them by winning a metal then he will be on the team

  2. ejbigg - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Sounds like a clash of egos and a coach holding a personal grudge. If he’s one of the twenty best players in Sweden come February then he should be on the team, enough said.

  3. titansbro - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Sour milk. They love it over in Sweden.

  4. Liz Bell - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Honestly, they will be screwing themselves out of a medal.

  5. pastabelly - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Who benefits here? The Bruins and every team that faces Sweden in the Olympics.

    The Swedes are depriving themselves of a very good player and Soderberg is being deprived of a chance to play in the Olympics that are being played at home. Soderberg paid his dues and stayed in Sweden during a good part of his prime. Thanks for nothing Carl.

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