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HockeyNews.se: 1-on-1 with Elias Pettersson in Vancouver

August 16, 2019


I started strong but I’m not satisfied or anything like that. I just wanna keep going. How would you describe what you’re going through and experiencing right now? Ehm… I would say it’s hard to describe. The easiest way to describe it is probably to say that I’m living my dream right now. I’ve dreamt about playing the NHL my whole life and now I’m here, in Vancouver. It’s a good city to play hockey in, the interest for hockey is huge. As I said, I’m living my dream and I’m very happy to be here. Your production is on pace with Crosby, McDavid and Ovechkin. We’re seeing different kinds of records and stats all the time. How do you feel about seeing your name mentioned amongst players like them? It’s incredible. Those are players you’ve been watching on tv growing up. Now I’m playing against them, in the same league, competing against them. It’s cool. It’s all been happening so fast and I’m incredibly happy to be here. What are you most proud of so far? Just getting myself here. I’m happy about a lot of stuff, but the dream has always been to play in the NHL and now I’m here. But, as I said, I’m never satisfied. I’m trying to get better as a player every day and help the team win games. Is there any of your highlights, goal or pass, that stands out a little extra, that you like to watch? Of course there’s stuff that I’ve done that I’ve been watching more. Either the pass behind the back to Boeser or the bank play of the boards to Boeser. Off the top of my head it’s those two that I’ve been watching a bit more. Yeah, tell us about that bank pass. There’s been a lot of buzz about it. Yeah, it looks like we’ve been working on that one all the time but we’ve never talked about it before. When I got the puck, I could tell he had better speed than their D, so I took a gamble and banked it. It ended up right on his tape and he put it top shelf off the post So yeah, it was really nice that he put it in so that it ended up being a nice highlight. You recently scored your first hat trick and you have two five point games. What’s your take on the numbers you’ve been able to put up? It’s been unbelievably fun to be able to accomplish that so early on and it’s something I’m very proud of. But I’m not putting too much focus on that. Nor do I feel I’m fully developed as a player just because I already had a hat trick and two five points games. I’m just gonna try to do it again, every game, and help the team win. What was your first thought when you were named for the All Star game? It’s hard to wrap your head around it; seeing the lineup with all the stars and then my name. It’s a lot of fun. How do you feel about all the commotion? I do get recognized pretty often, but I’m trying to hide a little bit, keeping the hat all the way down over my eyes. But it’s just fun when people come up to you because the only reason they do that is because they like what they see on the ice. I was a fan myself when I was young so I’m just trying to be as good of a role model as possible. As I said, I too have been a kid with idols. So what do you do here in town when you just want peace and quiet? Have you found a place where you can go when you just want to be by yourself? Just chillin’ at home, playing video games or calling buddies at home depending on the time difference. And I also have my brother who I can always talk to. So finding peace away from hockey hasn’t been an issue at all. And then we have a lot of Swedes on the team that I’m very comfortable with. I’m very comfortable with the team overall, but of course it’s a little extra with the Swedes. Yeah, you have a couple of guys here that’ve been around a long time like Markstrom, Edler and Loui. Exactly, and that was especially helpful at the start when I came in nervous and shy and everything like that. Whatever it was, I could talk to them and it helped me, especially at the start, to get a grip of life in the NHL. Who’ve you been talking to the most this fall? Who’s been your biggest support? My family. I know that they’re always on my side and regardless of what I do, I can talk to them. So it’s them I talk to the most. Can you describe having your mom and dad here for the start of the season, when it went as well as it did? It was really cool. I’m here because of them and it was a lot of fun having them here for the first games. It ended up being a couple of funny Twitter videos when both mom and dad showed some emotion. And the Canucks fans liked it, so that was fun. How much are you looking forward to Jonathan Dahlén hopefully making this team in the future? I’m looking forward to that so much. We’re really close friends and have a lot of fun, both on and off the ice. So I’m really looking forward to when that day comes. I remember you complimenting Sam Hallam a lot for his coaching in Växjö. How’s Travis Green to play for, and what the difference between a Sam Hallam and a Travis Green? I’ve never gotten that question before, but Sam is an amazing coach. He’s just so great at what he’s doing, gets everyone to pull in the same direction and makes every player better. Travis is also calm, but he might show more emotion and get angry more often than Sam. But Travis is also really good. He allows me to play my game and that is what’s making me successful. So I like both coaches a lot even if they might have slightly different personalities. What’s your expectations on the second half of the season, after starting the first half so well? Just to keep going, keep on producing and being creative. I’m living my dream now, it’s fun to go to practice or games every day. I’ve dreamt of this my whole life and now I’m here, so that’s all the motivation I need. Hockey Night in Canada found our feature on Ånge at hockey news.se and showed it on After Hours. What’s it like sitting on a show like that taking about Ånge, your youth team and your home village? That was fun. I didn’t now beforehand that they were gonna show that video. I laughed to myself a little when they showed it, because to me the clip they showed was the funniest. It’s just fun that they’re showing where I come from because Hockey Night in Canada is such a big show with a lot of viewers. It’s fun to show where I’m from, the little village. You’re playing against Arizona tonight and you missed the last game after the injury against Montreal. What’s your status right now? I’m not ready to play. I’m still in a little pain doing certain mobility exercises. But it’s getting better by the day, less pain by the day. I’m not missing too much time and it’s been positive steps every day. And finally, there’s been a lot of talk about Rookie of the Year. You’ve put yourself in a good position. What’s your view on an award like that and the possibility of winning it? It would of course be a lot of fun to win that but it’s not something I’m focusing on. If I’m focusing too much on that… Previous years when I’ve been thinking that I must perform I’ve played poorly. So I’m not thinking too much about that, I’m just trying to be the best I can be every game.

31 Comments

  • Reply M Smith January 11, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Great Interview. He’s more comfortable speaking his home language

  • Reply Henrik Nilsson January 11, 2019 at 10:02 am

    he seems extremely tired, breathing super heavy and talking slowly. I know he is from the north and people are usually calm in northern Sweden but this guy hits new records

  • Reply Joseph Lo January 11, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Cool channel!

  • Reply MrFelixify January 11, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Köp bättre kamera Henke!!!

  • Reply SegwayJesus January 11, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Grym video, gillar dessa videos i Nordamerika!

  • Reply D. Lind January 11, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    A very nice guy!
    I wish the Canucks and all their fans a New Era in NHL, in Vancouver!

  • Reply el_chino_778 January 12, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Vancouver is lucky to have him. Go Canucks Go!

  • Reply EmpireWorldwideTrade January 12, 2019 at 3:54 am

    where is he living in Van? I'm sure someone recognises the street out his window

  • Reply kaotikz January 12, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Great interview. Thanks for this. Go nucks!

  • Reply Rickard Johansson January 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Very good interview. Good open, and varied questions with a relaxed tempo. With some very slight audio filtering and video editing this could take on new heights!

  • Reply Mike Splatt January 12, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the video. We are so lucky to have him on our team. He is singlehandedly taken the reigns of this team and his hilight reel after less than half a season is better than most 10 year veterans! If he doesn’t already, he will own this city. I feel like the kid in ‘animal house’ who has the playboy bunny fly through his window and land on his bed…..”Thank you God! “

  • Reply Stefan Göransson January 12, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Roomtour hos elias!!!!!

  • Reply nils4545 January 12, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Han kan tom prata utan att röra på munnen ibland! Finns det nåt han inte kan göra!

  • Reply Ben Jamyang January 13, 2019 at 12:45 am

    thanks for the vid, hockeynews.se – great job, and thanks for the subs. lots of english-only viewers will tune in when Dekey Pete is the subject of an interview.

  • Reply EP40 January 13, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Great interview, cool to see a different side of EP 👌

  • Reply Blomman 95 January 13, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Han e kung men låter deprimerad

  • Reply Team Builder January 13, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Sounds like a one man , behemoth! Man, I wish my team had a player half as talented as EP40. Love 💗 from Flames fan

  • Reply Flowmasta Flam January 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for the subtitles, it's great to see an interview in his native language. He can speak more easily and freely to what he actually feels.

  • Reply Frank deGroot January 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    It's exciting when he says he feels like he as lots more development and growth to his game when you look at him already

  • Reply Tobias Jansson January 14, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Hade bara sam hallam ansvaret eller Jörgen Jönsson? Jag saknar att se hans high lights i shl. Men lycka till. Gillar inte NHL men det är roligt att följa Elias Pettersson

  • Reply Jon Landry January 15, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    What a great hockey player this guy is, a stud.

  • Reply scott welsh January 16, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Vancouver certainly is Pettersson crazy. He’s such an amazing player & person. We’re so lucky to have him! Especially right after the Sedins retired

  • Reply Victor Alp January 16, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Wish the sedans played with this guy

  • Reply Callum Armstrong January 18, 2019 at 4:42 am

    The dislikes are Toronto fa… oh wait there's no dislikes… that's right it's impossible to dislike EP

  • Reply Sam January 19, 2019 at 12:23 am

    It’s our dream to have you as well!

  • Reply Sam January 19, 2019 at 12:25 am

    It’s gonna be cool seeing him hang out with the other all stars

  • Reply Christopher Svensson January 19, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Hur lyckades ni få så dålig kvalitet

  • Reply Stevo Canuck January 19, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Anyone know what his previous history of injuries were, if any? Sucks that he's already been injured twice in his first year

  • Reply DddD Bone January 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Har du filmat med en potatis eller?

  • Reply NoMore January 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Vi är så stolta över dig Elias. Hälsningar från Sverige

  • Reply Anders Hunken Bagge March 21, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Filmat med nokia 3310?

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