Fun fact: after every swedish championship win, the captain or an important player of the team during the playoffs gets painted gold by one of Sweden’s biggest newspapers, Aftonbladet, and poses for their sport section front cover.
Here is a few of the past pictures:
2003: Patric Carnbäck, Frölunda Indians 2005: Daniel Alfredsson, Frölunda Indians 2006: Per Ledin and Emil Kåberg, Färjestads BK 2007: Per Svartvadet and Mattias Timander, Modo hockey 2008: Stefan Liv, HV71 2012: Johan Larsson, Jakob Silfverberg and Calle Järnkrok, Brynäs IF 2013: Joacim Eriksson, Jimmie Ericsson and Viktor Arvidsson,Skellefteå AIK 2014: Jimmie Ericsson and Markus Svensson, Skellefteå AIK
Captain of Skellefteå AIK, winner of the Swedish Elite League 2012/2013. Also on the team who won the gold at the World Championships in Stockholm the same season. And now, he is the only player outside the NHL on the Swedish team in the Olympics.