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The Daily: Two former Red Wings named Olympic Flag Bearers
Former Detroit Red Wings Frans Nielsen (Denmark) and Valtteri Filppula (Finland) were chosen to carry the flag for their country at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing.
Frans Nielsen, 37, was the first player from Denmark to play in the NHL. He has represented Denmark several times in international competition. He is playing for the Berlin Polar Bears this season after playing five seasons for the Detroit Red Wings.
Filppula, 37, is playing in his second Olympic games for Finland. Filppula won a bronze medal playing for the Finns at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He is enjoying an exceptional season (13 goals, 36 points in 39 games) for Geneve Servette in the Swiss League. Fillppula played 10 seasons for the Red Wings.
“This is an honorable task and wonderful thing,” Filppula told a Swiss organization.
We spy #AHLGrad Frans Nielsen as one of Denmark’s flag bearers! 🇩🇰 #OpeningCeremony
— American Hockey League (@TheAHL) February 4, 2022
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