After the medal ceremony of the 1989 World Championships, he left the Soviet team and defected to North America with the help of representatives of the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL club that had drafted him, 89th overall, a year earlier in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Mogilny chose the number 89 in recognition of both the year he defected and his place in the draft, wearing #89 for his entire playing career.
I say we declare Sweden, along with Finland and the Czech Republic, the Axis of Evil and call for the liberation of the long-suffering Swedish players.
The Post was told Jesper Fast was still dealing with the Swedish bureaucracy yesterday in attempting to gain permission to join the Rangers rather than commit to Team Sweden for the World Championship Tournament that will be played in Stockholm and Helsinki beginning May 3.
A source familiar with the situation said it was likely the 21-year-old winger, who signed an Entry Level contract last May, would join the Blueshirts at some point this week.
North of 80 Swedes playing pro hockey in North America? :-)
Anyway, this sounds more of the Swedish fed trying to put the foot down(on something). The problem is that they already let Silfverberg go last season(and way later) so the precedent is set. Fasth is not even a lock for the World Champs team, so this will only look silly and there's nothing to gain. If they truly plan to enforce their rights in this matter going forward, they will have to notify the players in the offseason. Now is not the time.