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Jacob Markstrom – driving around in Vancouver

August 23, 2019

Right now we’re just cruising around town, and then we’ll head up to Lion’s Gate. We’ll get a coffee there. The view is usually really nice up there but it’s a little foggy today so we’ll if it clears up. Q: Can you describe Vancouver with three words? Three words? Beautiful, rainy and nice people. That’s four words but… Q: It works. Q: What’s it like being the starting goalie in a Canadian market? It’s amazing, a lot of fun. It comes with a lot of responsibility and some pressure but that’s something you have to make to most out of. They want and expect wins every game, and most games there’s 20 000 people in the stands. It’s incredibly fun. It comes with some pressure, but the majority of it is positive. I live fairly central, so it’s close to restaurants and the rink which is right in the city It works out well. Downtown itself isn’t that big so I’m close to most stuff. Q: How are the horses doing? You’re into harness racing right? Correct, and the horses are doing terrific. Me and two other people own a horse named Mindyourvalue. He’s in France right now, running some races in Vincenne and he’s doing very well. My other horse, the three your old Sidestep, has just started racing. He’s doing better and better, and it’s always fun to follow. It’s a hobby besides hockey and an interest I have that’s grown since I came to Vancouver. I’ll have to blame, or thank, the Sedin brothers for having this hobby. It’s a little more expensive than I would’ve hoped for but it’s a lot of fun following harness racing. Q: Can you mention something you can’t get by without in the morning? Eh… The snooze button, haha. Q: Whose in charge of the music in the locker room? That’s Michael del Zotto, also known as DJ MDZ. He puts together his own mixes. He’s very proud of that, so he gets to be in charge of the music in the locker room. Q: If you’re at a karaoke bar, what song are you going with? For me it would be Suspicious Mind with Elvis. I like Elvis and Johnny Cash. Good karaoke songs that most people know. I’ve sang an old hit or two at karaokes bars in my days. Q: What’s the best restaurant in Vancouver? I would say Victor’s steak house, it’s at the newly opened Park Casino. There’s a steakhouse there that I’ll go to with the boys from the team pretty often. Q: Who’s the first person to call you after games? It’s the parents, and then I’ll always get a text from my grandma. It’s either “congratulations” or “good job” and it’s so much fun. She’s done an amazing job since my grandpa passed and been so strong. She’s the backbone of the Markström family and she means so much to me. And it’s so much fun. She watches every game and is a 100 percent up to speed with everything that goes on over here. So it’s special to get that text from grandma after every game. Q: What’s the best thing you’ve experienced? In hockey? Q: It’s an open question. My first NHL game was really special, and also Kvalserien (relegation stage of the SHL). I was very young and didn’t have clue about most things in life, which probably was fortunate because I didn’t really know what pressure was. To keep Brynäs up in the SHL was really the first thing I experienced at the pro level. It was huge and something I really appreciate now being older and looking back at it, since it ended well. And also to play and live in Vancouver, a Canadian hockey city, is also a dream. Your life is just all about hockey, you get up in the morning, work out and all your focus is on hockey. Right now I think I’m living a really good life, a life I never could’ve dreamt of growing up in Sätra and Gävle. Q: What’s the worst thing you’ve experienced? I don’t know… The worst thing I’ve experienced is when grandpa passed, that was tough. It was very sad, him and grandma often talked about visiting me and they were supposed to come to Florida when I was there. Unfortunately they didn’t make it, but he’s with me and watching every game from heaven above. That’s how you have to think about it, but that was really hard when it happened. No fun at all. Q: Who is the best goalie in the league? Tough one, but I like Vasilevskiy in Tampa. He’s still young but plays very mature and very well. Being Swedish it’s always fun to watch Henrik Lundqvist, and Pekka Rinne too. I’m a big fan of Pekka Rinne. There’s a number of goalies that are a part of the conversation and I want to be a part of that conversation too, as soon as possible. I feel that I’m on the right track, to be able to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. To not be playing three, four good games and then have three, four bad ones. I’m working towards getting to that level. Q: Your contract is up next year. What’s your take on that after being here in Vancouver for a number of years? It’s next year so I’m trying to not think that far ahead. But of course I’ve been through rough times here, not getting the result we wanted and not getting to the playoffs. But everyone’s taken a step forward this year and Elias Pettersson has been incredible. So of course I’d like to be a part of it when we’re performing better. I don’t know what plans Vancouver have but I really enjoy the city, the team and the entire organization. They’ve been terrific with me so I would have zero issues with staying here, but I don’t know what they want with the future so we’ll handle that next year.


  • Reply Kyllian January 17, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Bra video! Men jag är intresserad, hur kom den kanal till? Har ni stöd av större organisationer?

  • Reply GuitarPartho January 17, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for English subs!

  • Reply SuperUltraRollingBomberThunderCorporation January 17, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    So he's got an Audi? i am a big fan of these things

  • Reply Japp Fun January 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Är det där Elias Petterssons Audi?

  • Reply Matty Watty January 17, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    So I didn't understand a word of that….
    Except Vancouver….

  • Reply Black Mamba January 18, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    They should resign him

  • Reply nils4545 January 19, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    You are one of the best in the league now Markstrom!

  • Reply Edward Blom January 20, 2019 at 5:02 am

    0:45 haha, pratar med sig själv?

  • Reply Noddy da Homeboi January 21, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Vankoover xd

  • Reply Team Builder January 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    He’s really grown as a person the past year to year and a half. Really embracing being a number one goalie. He has been excellent (one of the best) the past 15 to 20 games. Great interview away from the rink and in his native language.

  • Reply Stevo Canuck January 22, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Canucks will be stuck in a rut if Markstrom keeps playing this great. Demko is definitely the future but how can you possibly let markstrom go if he is playing this good?

  • Reply slangen808 January 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Interviewer "Say 3 words about Vancouver?". Markstrom "Beatiful, rainy and nice people" Interviewer "If you would sing karaoke what song do you choose?". Markstrom "Elvis, Suspicious Minds"…."What is the best restaurant in Vancouver?" Markström "I would say Victors Steakhouse". There you have 3 of the questions, learn swedish to get the rest 🙂

  • Reply Zac Koop February 10, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Markstrom has been amazing in Vancouver lately

  • Reply C.A. Nux February 14, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I love the way Swedes say petey's name.

  • Reply queenhiphop1002 May 8, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    One of these with Elias lindholm

  • Reply ok ok June 15, 2019 at 2:53 am

    det här är en bra video, gå svenskarna, Markstrom är pro målvakt

  • Reply chris h July 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    It took me 20 seconds to realize he wasn't speaking english

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