Oliver Bjorkstand
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Kraken Player Not Excited For First All-Star Opportunity

Published January 5, 2024 at 3:52 PM

The NHL All-Star break is a period for the majority of players to enjoy some downtime with their families while the lucky selected go off to represent their franchise and the game as a whole on the national stage.

Seattle Kraken forward Oliver Bjorkstrand received the news that he will be representing the Kraken at the All-Star game in Toronto next month. This will be Bjorkstrand's first time appearing in an all-star game. The 28 year old is second on the team in scoring with 11 goals and 29 points in 38 games this season.

A recent video post from the team shows the moment the Danish forward learned he was selected to play in next month's All-Star Game in Toronto.

Before breaking the news to Bjorkstrand, Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol asks the player what he and his wife have planned "over the break."

"We're going to San Diego," the 28-year-old replies. "Get some sun. We just got an Airbnb so it'll be easy with the kid."

The coach then catches him by surprise, asking him to cancel his plans.

"Can you change those plans and cancel that Airbnb?" Hakstol asks. "You might have to book a flight to Toronto."

"Oh, really?" replies Bjorkstrand, potentially suspecting that he may have been traded to the Maple Leafs.

But even when the nature of the trip is revealed, Bjorkstrand does not look too thrilled.

"Oh, wow. Okay I didn't expect that at all."

After the video went viral, Bjorkstrand cleared the air with an Instagram post of his own on Friday.

"I don't always have the best reactions (ask my wife), but I couldn't be more honored to be selected!!!"
he wrote in the caption of a photo of his cancelled Airbnb reservation.

Bjorkstrand will be the third native of Denmark to play in an All-Star Game, joining goalie Frederik Andersen and forward Frans Nielsen.
January 5   |   453 answers
Kraken Player Not Excited For First All-Star Opportunity

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