WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – About four years ago, defenseman Lukas Bengtsson and some of his teammates from Mora IK (of the HockeyAllvenskan Swedish league) were invited to train for two weeks in Los Angeles with current NHL stars Anze Kopitar and Bobby Ryan.
Until signing his two-year entry-level contract with the Penguins in April, that was the most time he’d ever spent in the United States. So, naturally, there’s been a significant degree of culture shock for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rookie.
“It’s tough to walk here, you need a car,” Bengtsson said, explaining that foot travel is one of the primary modes of transportation in Sweden. “So I’ve got my Uber drivers on the team, especially Dominik Simon. I think he’s getting tired of driving me.”