Five years and several false alarms later, Swedish star Carl Soderberg stepped onto the Garden ice for the first time yesterday morning wearing a Bruins sweater.

After fighting through the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation’s attempted blockade, Soderberg traveled to Boston Tuesday night and took part in the team’s morning skate yesterday, though he did not play in the B’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres last night.

“It’s very exciting and I’m very glad to be here,” Soderberg said.

The 27-year-old Linkoping star led the Swedish Elite League with 31 goals in 54 games and, though he was hesitant to take the plunge into the NHL, figured now was as good a time as any.

“I had a good season this season and I wanted to play in the NHL, of course, so I asked the federation if that was possible. Now I’m here,” Soderberg said.

Of course, it wasn’t quite that easy. The Bruins secured his release from Linkoping and the SEL, but the federation balked, hoping to keep him for the upcoming world championships. Soderberg sounded happy to be free of the political wrangling and pull on a B’s sweater.

“The last two season have been the greatest of my career, so I wanted to try this,” he said.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Soderberg described himself as “a good skater, a two-way centermen” though he said he’d be willing to play the wing if asked. In the morning skate, he centered a line between Jaromir Jagr and Gregory Campbell and also played wing with David Krejci at center and Jagr on the wing.

He will have to adjust to the North American game, but didn’t seem daunted.

“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem,” said Soderberg, who could make his debut tomorrow against the Penguins. “It’s still hockey and it’s a great team I’m playing with, so hopefully it’s going to work well.”