I'll be home for Christmas: Flyers goalie able to reconnect with his family for holidays.

Travis Politakis
December 26, 2023  (8:32)

Photo credit: Philadelphia Inquirer

For many, gathering around the dinner table with their families for Christmas dinner is a yearly occurrence that we take for granted. For many NHL players who's families live far away, being able to reunite with their families for the holidays is often difficult. For Samuel Ersson, he was able to bring his entire family from Sweden to Philadelphia for the holiday season.

Not only is the hockey season long, laborious and often time lonesome for players who hail from overseas, but they are often times away from their families during holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. The NHL does have their version of a winter break but it's not really long enough to be taking a trip that can be as long as Russia or Sweden.
After an incredible stretch to start the 2023 season, Ersson was able to get his entire family to Philadelphia and not only spend the Christmas holiday with his family but also show them the culture, customs and beauty of a Philly Christmas. Ersson spent Christmas with his parents, Hans and Lena, brothers Marcus and Axel, sisters Lisbet and Kerstin, and girlfriend, Olivia.
"My parents just came here for the first time to see me play in the NHL. This was the second game. My siblings aren't here yet. They went on kind of a vacation. They'll see other places as well and they'll come here for a little bit.»

Ersson is coming off the best stretch of his NHL career as he recorded four wins in six starts in the month of December with a 91% save percentage as the Flyers sit at second place in the Metro Division.
The Flyers will be back in action on Thursday night as they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks at 10:00 p.m.
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