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Fit For Royalty

Stars teammates presented with player awards by royalty

Wednesday, 05.9.2012 / 10:51 AM CT / News
By Lucas Aykroyd
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Fit For Royalty

Hockey fans with an appetite for royalty and celebrity got a double dose at the Denmark-Sweden game on Monday night at the Globen Arena.

Not only did Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Prince Daniel of Sweden attend the 6-4 Swedish victory, but they also presented the post-game Player of the Game awards.

A pair of Dallas Stars teammates got a little bit starry-eyed as they were honoured. It was defenceman Philip Larsen (one assist) getting the royal treatment for Denmark, and left wing Loui Eriksson (two goals, one assist) enjoying the same for Sweden.

For both princes, support for sports is not mere lip service.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (left) and Prince Daniel of Sweden present the Player of the Game awards to Philip Larsen and Loui Eriksson. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images

Crown Prince Frederik has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2009, and has participated in everything from marathons to competitive sailing.

Prince Daniel, prior to his 2010 marriage to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, worked as a personal trainer and operated a chain of gyms in Stockholm. His passion for hockey led him to stage a reception at the Royal Palace for the Swedish U20 team that won the nation’s first World Junior title since 1981 back in January.

While medieval times witnessed plenty of conflict between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Kingdom of Denmark, this latest joint appearance by the princes is far more representative of the cordial, friendly tone between the two Scandinavian neighbors nowadays.

Seemingly, it’s a good time overall for royalty in hockey. Even in North America, where one of the NHL’s Western Conference finalists is the Los Angeles Kings.

*This story originally appeared on the International Ice Hockey Federation website and can be found here.

**Photo taken by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF images

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