Fan from Sweden Makes Pilgrimage for First Caps Game

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Photo: Jesper Svesson

Two fans from Sweden visited America this week and got to experience the thrill and the excitement of attending a Caps game. Jesper Svensson and his brother Jacob, aged 22 and 19 respectively, were in the USA for 10 days. Four were in the Nation’s Capital while the other six days were spent in New York City. Jacob is a Flames fan so they looked at the schedule and both were in a situation where they were able to go. 

Jesper fell in love with the game of hockey when he was 10. He became a Caps fan to separate himself from his peers. “They had the worst overall rating in 2002 and I didn’t want to be a mainstream fan like most Swedes who follow the Red Wings or Rangers,” said Svensson.

On Monday the two brothers went to practice at Kettler. Tuesday was game night as the sibling rivalry between the Capitals and the Flames took place at Verizon Center. Jesper saw a good game.

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Photo: Jesper Svensson

“I have always wanted to go to Verizon Center and this year the opportunity came up. It was an awesome experience. It was my second NHL game ever, but it still was something special seeing my favorite team and being part of the red mass,” Svensson said. “The cream of the crop was seeing Alex (Ovechkin) score his signature goal.”

Jesper is a season ticket holder back in Sweden for HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League. He still follows the Caps even though he’s across the Atlantic Ocean in a whole different time zone.

“I watch their games in the middle of the night at times and read up online. I’m also into the league (NHL) overall: teams, prospects, and so on.”

By Michael Marzzacco

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