Investigation launched after player reports Swedish hockey 'abusive treatment'

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER PLAYER REPORTS SWEDISH HOCKEY TEAM FOR 'ABUSIVE TREATMENT'

NOV 24, 2021  (12H41)      TIM TUCKER
A strange situation is brewing in the Swedish Hockey League after a player reported his own club, Djurgardens, for alleged "abusive treatment." After playing in the KHL for 11 seasons, Linus Videll returned home to Sweden for 2021-22. He was supposed to be a star acquisition for Djurgardens and was named the team's new captain almost right away. Videll, a draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche who never played in the NHL, has now filed a complaint against his team after the captaincy was taken from him with the plan of rotating the C between multiple players.

"The complaint came in last Tuesday and has its basis in our entire communication in the process around the captaincy," said Djurgardens CEO Thomas Kraft.

While the complaint involved the entire team, reports say it is directed against sports director Joakim Eriksson and the former coach Barry Smith, who won several Stanley Cups in the NHL as an assistant coach with Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago.

"Videll was removed from the role of team captain on October 19th, which is said to have been the straw that broke the camel's back...he has also felt singled out for some time after statements made by Eriksson and Smith," said AftonBladet in its report on the situation.

Smith was fired a month ago after a poor start for Djurgardens. Asked why the complaint is just coming in now, Kraft said he's not sure.

"What exactly made the cup run over I don't know, but it's linked to the whole captaincy issue and the questions he had about it to Barry, Joakim (Eriksson) and the other managers. There are incidents that have affected him, Linus feels," said Kraft.

Filing a complaint against a team triggers an external investigation that is expected to be completed in a week or two. As of right now, Videll, 36, remains out and hasn't played for Djurgardens since October 16th.

Source: AftonBladet.se
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 4 5
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
RYAN HARTMAN
1 2 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
25191939
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+5
2492033
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2192131
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2592029
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
2391828
TIMO MEIER
+2
19111326
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
22111426
AARON EKBLAD
+3
24101526
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
2391625
VICTOR HEDMAN
+3
2371725
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2452025
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
TROY TERRY
23151025
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
SEBASTIAN AHO
+2
23101224
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
ROBERT THOMAS
+2
2422024
MATT DUCHENE
24131124
  COMPLETE STATS