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No hard feelings: Soderberg rooting for Sweden despite snub

Feb 9, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg isn’t headed to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics and he feel OK with that.

Soderberg tells Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com that he’s still rooting for Sweden to win gold even though they may not have been looking at him to join the roster despite injuries to Johan Franzen and Henrik Sedin.

“I am going to watch it, for sure, especially the playoffs. Maybe the first round isn’t that…I don’t know…I think the best teams will make the playoffs, then it’s fun to watch,” said Soderberg. “Two years ago, I wasn’t even close to getting on the Olympic team. Then I’ve played great hockey now in two seasons so I’m close. But I’ll take my break, and cheer for the team.”

Soderberg, 28, may have hurt his chances on making the Swedish team last year when he skipped going to the World Championships in favor of joining the Bruins. The World Championships often are used as the measuring stick to choose players for the Olympics given the international competition.

This season, Soderberg has nine goals and 30 points in 49 games. His play of late helped give him a late push to be considered for the Olympics, but Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist and Capitals forward Marcus Johansson got the call ahead of him to replace Franzen and Sedin.

  1. bruinsfan55 - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Sucks to think that the Swedish league won’t let him play because he decided to go follow his dream to play in NHL and not stay in Sweden. This kid has for some amazing talent and a sick set of hands. As a Bruins fan I get to watch the kid play every game and he’s fun to watch with fellow countrymen Loui Eriksson

  2. csilojohnson - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Your inner cave man is evident in that first paragraph.
    Youd have to be some kind of immature to not root for your country just because you werent picked.
    That just foolish. Ugh!

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