Brother of NHLer in Hot Water After Telling Teammates to Stop Scoring During Game

Published October 5, 2023 at 9:52

I'm sure this was the furthest thing from his mind when he made the declaration, but the brother of a current NHL defenceman may be investigated in his home country after telling his team to stop scoring goals late in a game.

Carl Klingberg is the brother of John Klingberg of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He currently plays for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). In a recent game, with his team up 8-2 and under a minute left, Klingberg told his teammates to stop scoring. It had nothing to do with the huge lead. Klingberg himself told reporters after the game that he knows a Frolunda super-fan always bets on the score being 8-2, and he wanted to ensure the person got a good payday.

"I told the guys that you must not score any more goals, so that he wins a little on the odds." - Carl Klingberg

Jakob Uddeholt, Integrity Officer at the Swedish Sports Confederation, says that was the wrong move, and an investigation may take place.

"I cannot respond more specifically to the details of the case, but all forms of manipulation linked to betting are contrary to the sport's match-fixing regulations, and statements expressing such links must be taken seriously, regardless of whether it has been joked about or whether it has been done without knowledge of the regulations."

All would have been fine, but after Klingberg spoke to reporters following the game, there was a flood of calls to the Swedish Sports Confederation's disciplinary committee. The Swedish Ice Hockey Association is now reviewing the matter to see if an investigation is warranted and whether anyone will be punished.

Carl Klingberg has played in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round, 34th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009. He played one regular season game for them, and another 11 with the Winnipeg Jets over the course of three years. He left North America in 2015 and has never returned.

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