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Tri-City Herald: Far from home, Tri-City’s Strömwall, Kelowna’s Nyberg keep each other company

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

When you are 6,400 miles away from home, it’s nice to have a friend who is in the same time zone.

Tri-City Americans forward Malte Strömwall and Kelowna Rockets forward Henrik Nyberg live two hours apart back home in Sweden. In the Western Hockey League, they are separated by six hours and the Canadian border, but with Skype and four games against each other this season, they are able to stay in touch.

“We have a lot of Skype conversations,” Nyberg said. “Like two hours at a time. It’s nice to have him here.”

“He is a good friend. We talk a lot about our games,” said Strömwall, who noted their conversations are in Swedish.

The friends will face each other tonight in Kelowna, British Columbia, as the Americans begin a three-game trek through the B.C. Division. Tri-City will play at Kamloops on Friday and at Vancouver on Saturday.

This is the third game between the Swedes. The Americans swept the Rockets on Nov. 16-17 at the Toyota Center.

 

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