Photos: Jimmy Wixtrom
The 2018 World Junior Championships kicked off this week in Buffalo, New York. For those less acquainted, the annual tournament features many of the best 18 and 19 year-old players from around the world, including players already drafted by NHL teams. On Thursday, Team Sweden beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in their second game of the tournament to go 2-0 in preliminary-round play. Washington Capitals’ 2016 draft pick Axel Jonsson Fjällby, who is a Forward on Team Sweden, turned in a dazzling assist on Tre Kronor’s first goal of the game. Swedish media caught up with Axel following the game. [Translation below].
Reporter: Axel Jonsson Fjällby is here. The 3-1 victory, what do you think about your own performance in today’s game?
Axel: I thought it went well, above all it was nice to win. The second period turned out as it did, it wasn’t that great. But I thought the first one was good and that we finished strong in the third.
Reporter: What do you say about your first goal that you were part off?
Axel: I don’t know, I had a lot of speed and passed their defender, thereafter I’m almost passed their goal as well. I looked above my shoulder and dropped the puck a little bit. But then I saw Marcus and tried to get the puck to him.
Reporter: How good did it feel to get this victory against Czech Republic in an important second game?
Axel: It felt really good, Czech Republic won against Russia, it’s definitely a team to count on and to get the victory is very important.
Almost Cut My Hair
Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet caught up with Axel as well, following the game, to get the important details – the hair!
Axel: I really do not like it at all. I like to have it outside the ice, but in the helmet, it’s way too far. At first it looks ok when it’s a bit fluffy and so, but when it gets sweaty it looks too busy.
“I was going to cut myself before I came here (Buffalo) but didn’t do it and maybe it was a little stupid.
Reporter: You want to cut it a bit?
Axel: Yes, a bit shorter, but then I’m afraid do not get it up in a tassel. I’ll definitely cut myself when I get home.
Reporter: Perhaps look for a hairdresser here in Buffalo?
Axel: We’ll see, it’s not so common with long hair, they may not have the ability to cut such a long haired guy, haha.
By Jon Sorensen
Translated by Sofie Bengtsson