Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjällby has been a huge surprise at the 2018 World Junior Championship. From his unlikely offense to his big hits, Jonsson-Fjällby has impressed from Sweden’s fourth line so far.
But, like Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the most notable part of Jonsson-Fjällby’s game may not be his actual hockey skill. It’s his hair, which is becoming more famous by the day.
Last week, Jonsson-Fjällby was even asked about his long blonde locks by Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet and he had some very strong takes.
For instance, Jonsson-Fjällby wished he did something about his hair before he left home.
“No, it looks really bad,” Jonsson-Fjällby said to Aftonbladet as translated by Magnus Cadelin. “I should’ve gotten a haircut before I left Sweden.”
However, when he’s off the ice, Jonsson-Fjällby prefers to wear his hair in a bun.
“I really don’t like it at all. I like to wear it in a bun off ice, but it’s way too long under the helmet,” he continued. “It looks okay when it’s kind of fluffy. But when it gets wet and sweaty, it looks really bad.”
Though he wants his hair to be a bit shorter, his longer locks may have brought him to his doppelgänger. After being compared to former Djurgårdens fan favorite Espen Knutsen, whose nickname was Shampoo, Jonsson-Fjällby was flattered.
“I’ve heard that I look like him a bit, but I don’t know much about him, except the hair. But it’s fun to look like another Djurgårdens player,” he said smiling.
The Swedish forward, who was picked by the Capitals in the 2016 draft, has shown off his Follicle Gifts From God at Capitals Development Camp over the last two summers. According to RMNB’s Ian Oland, some of his Caps-fan friends have begun referring to Jonsson-Fjällby as That Long-Named Guy With The Hair.
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