SWEDEN BABY SWEDEN

Jason Strudwick
November 21 2011 11:25PM

Going into the offseason I thought it was pretty unlikely that I would receive a contract offer in the NHL.

That is the circle of life in the NHL.

Coming in as a rookie you kick someone off the end of the treadmill. With each year you get closer to the edge until you finally drop off. With alot of hard work I played longer than I could have dreamed.

BACK ACROSS THE POND

With my phone not ringing off the hook during the summer from teams looking to sign me to an NHL deal I knew this was going to be our opportunity to play in Europe again. My wife and I had already spent a year playing for Lugano in Switzerland.

We loved it and wanted to head back to Europe at the end of my NHL career.

The arrival of 2 babies slowed down our ability to take off in August like all the imports from North America do. We waited for them to get a little older before we took off. As I am writing this they are both sleeping as we fly over the Atlantic Ocean.

I am also proud to report that so far we haven't annoyed the other passengers with crying babies.

THE NEW TEAM

We are really happy we signed a contract with the Sodertajle Sportklubb - known as the SSK - in Sweden. Sodertajle is located just outside of Stockholm and that is the area we will be living in as well. It is a city of 86,909 people and recently "a report from the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law ranks the Municipality of Södertälje as the region with the best conditions for enterprise and economic growth in Sweden."

Needless to say, I am looking forward to getting into some games and meeting my teammates.

I have never played or met a Swede I didn't like. Being surrounded by them should be alot of fun.

I will throw out updates and interesting stories here on OliersNation and on Twitter as the year goes on.

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Jason hosts the Jason Strudwick show from 9pm to 12am, weeknights on the team 1260. He is an instructor at Mount Carmel Hockey Academy and loves working with the kids. Having played over 650 games in the NHL, Jason has some great stories and unique takes on life in the NHL. He loves Slurpees and Blizzards. Dislikes baggy clothes and close talkers.
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#1 Wanye
November 21 2011, 11:26PM
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On a side note I've heard wild rumours that Swedish bikini models come from Sweden in some instances.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THOSE

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#2 Gerald R. Ford
November 22 2011, 08:29AM
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You should open up a chain of Canadian furniture stores while you're there. Chesterfields upstairs, donuts and back bacon sandwiches in the restaurant.

Good luck, Struds. Have a great time over there. An elegant country with beautiful people.

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#3 dawgtoy
November 22 2011, 07:39AM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

Say hi to the Klef-Bomb!

Families moving are okay in my book to travel with newborns. Try get front row.

To everyone else who figured flying with a newborn is okay...

"Really? You are traveling with a newborn cuz you can? Really? We all get to listen to a crazed screaming kid, right behind us? Really?"

In the future, please be so kind as to pull your head out of your ass when making comments about things you obviously know nothing about. Case and point, I travelled with my infant daughter accross Canada to introduce her to my elderly Grandmother. My Grandmother had recently been hospitalized with a myriad of health problems, and we knew that she'd likely not make the year. We spent a week, took thousands pictures ,and visited with Grandma as much as we could. She passed a month to the day that I returned home. FYI, my daughter never made a sound on either flight, but given the fact it would have bothered ignorant asses like yourself, I wish she'd have screamed the whole time.

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#5 Oilcruzer
November 22 2011, 07:12AM
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Say hi to the Klef-Bomb!

Families moving are okay in my book to travel with newborns. Try get front row.

To everyone else who figured flying with a newborn is okay...

"Really? You are traveling with a newborn cuz you can? Really? We all get to listen to a crazed screaming kid, right behind us? Really?"

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#6 gongshow
November 21 2011, 11:33PM
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Have fun over there, Jason. Also, if SSK were assembled like an IKEA bookshelf, which piece would you be?

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#7 SHARKY5150
November 21 2011, 11:45PM
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All the best Struds! Will miss you Fridays on 1260.

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#8 Hemmertime
November 22 2011, 12:17AM
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Aw, now I have to find some place where they will stream the SSK games. You bastard!

Have a good season in the SEL. Hope nothing but the best for ya! Kick MODO's ass

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#9 D
November 22 2011, 12:32AM
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To one of the most class acts around. Best to you in Sweden.

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#10 Ambassador humantorch
November 22 2011, 01:26AM
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Wanye wrote:

On a side note I've heard wild rumours that Swedish bikini models come from Sweden in some instances.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THOSE

I can locate those for you and mail you one, Wanye. It's because I Care™.

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#11 lolhockey
November 22 2011, 04:55AM
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Perhaps your future is in some sort of NHL coaching position when your playing days are over... but I really enjoyed listening to you on the radio. Good luck.

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#12 stevezie
November 22 2011, 06:02AM
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I am moving to Stockholm in January for University. If I get the chance, I'll attend game and scream encouragement in English.

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#13 Oilers4ever
November 22 2011, 06:25AM
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enjoy your time there struds and above all just have fun. i wish you were playing for the oil right now. they could really use your reliability at this point in time.

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#14 Mike Krushelnyski
November 22 2011, 06:26AM
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Congratulations, Struds. Run some punk through the boards in your first game and show them how we do in E-town.

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#15 michael
November 22 2011, 07:32AM
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A Connecticut Yankee in king Aurthers Court(Mark Twain, 1889).This going to be fun. Kidding aside I hope that you'll do us proud and we'll look forward to some of those swedish anecdotes on Oilers Nation.

Our first international Nation writer. Cool. The Nation is going places.

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#16 Shredder
November 22 2011, 08:11AM
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Good luck Struds...Sodeljl%##@%lje will really benefit from the character you bring to the ice and the dressing room (if they can understand what you're saying). I've never been to Europe, so I guess one advantage a hockey player has on top of being paid to play the game they love, is the travel...it is unlikely I will ever be there, so soak it in and live it up for us rednecks in Alberta!

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#17 Souby
November 22 2011, 08:22AM
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Congrats on the new contract and all the best to you and your family in your new home. Have a great season and I look forward to your updates.

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#18 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 22 2011, 08:31AM
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The Argonaut sets sail!

Congrats on the contract and good luck with the relocation. Looking forward to hearing some great swedish stories.

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#19 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 22 2011, 08:32AM
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Wanye wrote:

On a side note I've heard wild rumours that Swedish bikini models come from Sweden in some instances.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THOSE

Forget the bikini models, we're talking about the country that spawned Ingrid Bergman!!

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2191235072/nm0000006

nuff said.

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#20 refuseresist
November 22 2011, 08:40AM
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Best of luck to you :D Awesome you are on this blog.

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#21 Clarkenstein
November 22 2011, 08:50AM
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A guys moves around the world so he won't have to put up with Gregor's narrow mindedness! What some people won't do! Good luck Jason to you and your young family.

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#22 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
November 22 2011, 09:42AM
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Now Struds just needs to work his magic with Stu and land a full time Swedish scouting position. Find the Oilers the next Lidstrom will ya?

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#23 Rama Lama
November 22 2011, 10:12AM
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All the best Jason........you were an honest player who was always stood up for your peers.

I think you will be back.......play hard and I suspect someone will come calling!

Rama has spoken

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#24 Rohit Sharma
November 22 2011, 10:59AM
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Jason all the best to you and your family in Sweden! PS. the fight when you beat up Carcillo is one of my all time favorites.

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#25 1manwolfpack
November 22 2011, 11:10AM
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Struds, you should be able to pick up some fashionable Euro clothing there and I am sure it will make Gregor green with envy!

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#26 vetinari
November 22 2011, 11:19AM
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Good luck to you and your family on the Great Swedish adventure! And thanks for your contributions to the Oil and the NHL over the years.

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#27 Wanye
November 22 2011, 11:45AM
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Shredder wrote:

Good luck Struds...Sodeljl%##@%lje will really benefit from the character you bring to the ice and the dressing room (if they can understand what you're saying). I've never been to Europe, so I guess one advantage a hockey player has on top of being paid to play the game they love, is the travel...it is unlikely I will ever be there, so soak it in and live it up for us rednecks in Alberta!

The town name here is priceless.

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#28 BlacqueJacque
November 22 2011, 12:41PM
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Hi Jason,

Jake here. Big fan. Big fan.

Last year you spent a lot of time razzing the rookies and were in fact the tea leader in this category. With the adjustment to the style of play in Europe and the language barrier, do you think you'll be able to make the Swedish kids almost wish their mom was wiping their noses with spit and a tissue rather than answer your questions?

Thanks,

Jake.

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#29 Puritania
November 22 2011, 12:43PM
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"a report from the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law ranks the Municipality of Södertälje as the region with the best conditions for enterprise and economic growth in Sweden."

Hmm, in that case you best be behind a Timmy's grand opening in Soderstrodderbotter(sp?). I'd miss that crack in a cup.

Kick some arse over there Struds.

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#30 ubermiguel
November 22 2011, 01:00PM
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Puritania wrote:

"a report from the University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law ranks the Municipality of Södertälje as the region with the best conditions for enterprise and economic growth in Sweden."

Hmm, in that case you best be behind a Timmy's grand opening in Soderstrodderbotter(sp?). I'd miss that crack in a cup.

Kick some arse over there Struds.

Have a Timmy's in that furniture store Gerald R Ford suggested. Nickelback could play the grand opening, if they can fit it into their busy schedule. But then some Swedes would complain because Abba wasn't asked to play.

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#31 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 22 2011, 01:01PM
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@Jason Strudwick

Thanks for the second update Struds.

You and Wanye should see if you can set up some kind of live stream of your games for the ON. I'm sure a lot of us would love to see you play and root on some Swedish Oil.

I wouldn't worry about the sluggishness, you are probably jet lagged and trying to readjust to the big ice surface after being away from Europe for a couple of years.

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#32 walkinvisible
November 22 2011, 01:27PM
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scaniarinken is a SUPER fun arena. watch for the folks in the standing-room-only section who will (no doubt) be the drunkest.

best !

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#33 MaestroFreshMess
November 22 2011, 01:32PM
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Are you going to be playing at forward or D? All the best Jason, you are pure class.

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#34 T.C.
November 22 2011, 05:34PM
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Congrats!!sorry to see you go but glad for the new opportunity.knock em dead!

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#35 Oilcruzer
November 22 2011, 07:48PM
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dawgtoy wrote:

In the future, please be so kind as to pull your head out of your ass when making comments about things you obviously know nothing about. Case and point, I travelled with my infant daughter accross Canada to introduce her to my elderly Grandmother. My Grandmother had recently been hospitalized with a myriad of health problems, and we knew that she'd likely not make the year. We spent a week, took thousands pictures ,and visited with Grandma as much as we could. She passed a month to the day that I returned home. FYI, my daughter never made a sound on either flight, but given the fact it would have bothered ignorant asses like yourself, I wish she'd have screamed the whole time.

You get a pass as well. But only for your late great Grandmother and your daughter.

The rest of the world doesn't.

"...obviously know nothing about..."

What the,... Really?

Ignorant ass? Really? Buy a mirror...

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#36 Tayranchula
November 22 2011, 11:17PM
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Congrats man I am stoked you are playing cause everytime you wore the Oilers jersey I was stoked to see you in it....Whenever you fought I kinda laughed then thought wow that poor bastard that has to deal with your long reach

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#37 Robert
November 23 2011, 08:35AM
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Welcome to Sweden and SSK!

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#38 Herre
November 23 2011, 08:46AM
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SSK GO GO GO! Struds, good luck in SSK.

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#39 Matte
November 23 2011, 10:11AM
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Good Luck Jason and Welcome ! To our loud hockey fans in AXA Sport Center = The Temple of hockey ;)

Can`t Wait to see yuo play !

Let the force be with you.

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#40 Peter
November 23 2011, 10:16AM
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Welcome to Sweden and Sodertalje and good luck in SSK:)

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#41 Matte
November 23 2011, 10:34AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYuHheyugrk

Watch !

SSK golie Julius Hudacek show, after the great victory against The Malmö clowns.

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#42 Andreas
November 23 2011, 12:02PM
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Welcome Struds to Sweden and Sodertaljek SK!

I wish you and your family all the best and hope that you will love your new team and hometown.

I do wish I could be in AXA Sports Center this coming Saturday (Almtuna vs. SSK) and see you live when you enter the ice for the first time in your new home arena. But as a Swede living in the US, I’ll have to rely on today’s technology, internet.

Good luck Struds, and once again, welcome to SSK!

To all of you Struds fans. The official website to Struds new team is http://www.sodertaljesk.se Other good links are, http://alltomssk.se and http://www.sskoveralltalltid.se.

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