Stanley Cup means just as much to Europeans

Updated: June 15, 2006, 2:56 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Niclas Wallin took up hockey at 13 because he thought it was a good winter training regimen for his first love, soccer. At first, he hated it. Then, when the native of Boden, Sweden, didn't hate it so much, he had to bide his time until he was 25 years old before he was drafted into the NHL with the 97th pick of the 2000 draft.

Now, the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman stands shoulder to shoulder with red-blooded Canadian boys and anxious American veterans in the ...

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