Team Sweden cancels William Nylander’s news conference

William Nylander was scheduled to meet the media for the first time since being injured at a World Junior game against Switzerland, but the Swedes decided to pull the plug on his press conference.

Instead, they sent team doctor Adolf Bergsten to face the media.

“It was a late decision,” Dr. Bergsten said, per TSN. “It was taken by team management and of course I was involved as well. We didn’t want to have difficult questions, lights and everything for William and make him think more than he needs to.”

Nylander has been out with a suspected concussion since being leveled by Swiss forward Chris Egli (above).

The IIHF gave Egli a three-game suspension for the hit.

Does this mean Nylander had a setback in his recovery? Not according to the team doctor.

When asked if Nylander was symptom-free, Dr. Bergsten said he didn’t want to talk about that.

It’s unclear if the 19-year-old has skated since the injury, but Team Sweden remains hopeful that he’ll be able to get back into the lineup at some point in the tournament.

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