For those who cry over spilt milk (me), here’s a photo that may give you a Maalox moment. Former Capital Filip Forsberg hung out in Sweden on Friday with current Capital Andre Burakovsky. They look so happy.

The Swedish national teammates were together celebrating Midsummer in Forsberg’s hometown of Leksand.

Here’s the caption of the photo via Forsberg’s Instagram and translated by Jake Ware:

Lekke is the only place to be on midsummer #magic #harmony #justbrothers #everywherebrother

So obviously your next question is: what in the hell is Midsummer?

I’m glad you asked. According to Jake, Midsummer is a holiday celebrating the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice. Think about it this way in simpler terms– the sun basically never sets all day in Sweden. There is no night.

While most European countries celebrate Midsummer, Sweden celebrates it with the most vigor. And by vigor, I mean beer, singing, more beer, eating potatoes, a little bit more beer, and dancing around a giant maypole which apparently is an ancient fertility symbol.

According to the country’s website, it is one of the most important holidays of the year, second only to Christmas.

Please watch this Midsummer for Dummies video. No that’s not your eyes playing tricks on you, that really was an illustration of condoms.

This part about Midsummer cracks me up. Via Sweden’s website:

On their way home, girls and young women are supposed to pick seven different species of flowers and lay them under their pillows. At night, their future husbands appear to them in a dream.

Legend has it that the night before Midsummer’s Day is a magical time for love. It still is, in a way. During this night many a relationship is put to the test. Under the influence of alcohol, the truth will out, which can lead both to marriage and to divorce.

So yes, Filip Forsberg and Andre Burakovsky hung out together on this day.

What I would pay to see them dance around this thing.


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  • Chris Cerullo

    That selfie is very similar to the 4000 selfies from girls on my newsfeed at some Brad Paisley concert.

  • Matilda Wrigsjö

    Leksand* Not leskand.

  • Sarah

    I would think that if you look like those guys, pretty much any day of the year would be magical for love.

  • Rob W.

    RMNB confession: I sometimes wish I was swedish

  • Sarah

    This makes me happy and also sad.

  • Sarah

    I suspect that even if I were Swedish, I would be the one in the kitchen making the potatoes.

  • IafrateNoGhosts

    i wonder what Marcus Johansson and Niklas Backtrom were up to yesterday.

  • Tadd

    Celebrating Midsummer is easy:
    – Wear a wreath of flowers.
    – Get shit faced.
    – Sleep with someone you don’t know.
    – Wake up so hungover you shouldn’t drive a car for the next three weeks.