Andre Burakovsky Participates in Lacrosse Challenge

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The Capitals Andre Burakovsky participated in the Swedish Open Lacrosse Challenge on Wednesday evening, which was held in conjunction with the annual Swedish Open Tennis Tournament. 

The SkiStar Swedish Open (or Swedish Open Båstad) is an ATP World Tour 250 series tennis tournament on the ATP Tour held in Båstad, Sweden each July.

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Andre, along with fellow Swedish NHL’ers Hampus Lindholm (Anaheim Ducks) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) took to the make-shift lacrosse field to battle it out in the SkiStar Swedish Open Lacrosse Challenge.

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Burkie – Christopher Liljewall – Hampus Lindholm

We’re are all used to seeing Andre in Red, White and Blue, but on this beautiful Wednesday evening in Båstad, he’s in a completely new environment.

Still in his beautiful Caps jersey, but on enemy soil. Here you can see him peacefully playing Lacrosse with other players in white and green. What you all may not know is that this is Burkie’s old rival. Yep, you read it right. Burkie’s old team, the Malmö RedHawks, is bitter rivals with Rögle BK, which is the team that put together this whole lacrosse challenge. But it seems like Andre put the rivalry to the side and put on his biggest smile for this popular family event.

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A trio of Rogle BK’s SHL team: Christopher Liljewall, Daniel Sylwander and David Åslin lined up with the NHL pros Hampus Lindholm, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Daniel Zaar, Andre Burakovsky and Dennis Eversberg. They were mixed up with the tennis players from SkiStar Swedish Open’s starting field.

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By Jon Sorensen

Photos from Rogle BK

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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