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Part 2: At Home: 1 on 1 with Elias Pettersson

August 18, 2019

Right after the season the focus was on getting the thumb fully recovered. I’ve been doing rehab for that after the cast came of and of course it ruined a bit of the planned summer training. But it’s fully recovered now. It’s been a calm summer with a lot of training and a lot of time with family and friends. What’s your workout plan like? Where are you working out and with who? It’s a lot like last summer. I’m working with Växjö Lakers athletic coach Robert Lygdbäck, like last summer. I felt it worked really well last summer and that’s why I wanted to continue working with him this summer. How long did you to stay in the cast and when did your thumb finally feel alright? I had the cast on for five weeks and then the rehab was supposed to take another three weeks. After that I was supposed to be able to go all in in the gym without pain, but it would be a total of eight weeks before I was fully recovered. Lets go back to the World Championship. It ended badly in one way (injury) but great in another, winning the gold medal. You went back for that, how was that experience? It was incredibly cool. It’s always great to represent Sweden and that was that the first time I got play for the Three Crowns, the men’s team. And then to play infront of those fans, who were amazing the entire tournament. Like I said, it was sad that I got hurt but to be able to play games and then to win gold was amazing, a huge thrill. There’s this list on eliteprospects (top U20 scorers in SHL). You might guess which one I’m refering to? Yes. With the records and championships and everything, what are you thinking when you look back at last season? I really don’t know what to say… I mean, if you go back in time one year I was in Plymouth with the U20 national team and I did not play well at all. I was real nervous the first few games in the SHL but then it just exploded. Everything just felt great. Practice, the team, living in Växjö, and then it just kept rolling the entire season and it got even better. It turned out to be a season I never could’ve dreamt of. How does it affect you, that you’ve proved that you could take all these steps? Of course it’s positive to be able to produce when the stakes are higher. Big games just makes me more excited and focused, those are the kind of games I enjoy the most. That I was able to produce for Växjö in the playoffs is hopefully something I can build on and keep on doing in my career. I am an emotional person, like you’re saying. Not that I want to be tearing up on tv, but after that game we played Malmö and I found out that Timrå had advanced… I just couldn’t hold back my tears of joy. Timrå are supposed to be in the SHL. It’s been a couple of rough years, at one point just hours away from bankruptcy So yeah, it was surreal. It’s easy to talk about everything you’ve done so far, but the next big challenge is going overseas and fight for a spot in the NHL. What’s your take on that? First off, it’s just surreal that I’ve signed an NHL contract. And that I’m about to fight for an NHL roster spot this season. Just that everything went so fast. From playing well in Allsvenskan and then really well in the SHL. To hopefully be able to play in the NHL this upcoming season. I’m ready for the challenge, I like challenges, but I’m pretty sure this will be my toughest one so far. But I’m ready for it and I’ll do my best. What’s your take on Vancouver? The team, the city and where the club’s at. This city is amazing. I’ve only been there two weeks all in all, but from what I’ve seen it’s a terrific city. It’s been a little rough for the team the last few years… I really don’t know what I could say about that, but both as a player and a club you want to turn that around as fast as possible. And if I make the team I’m hoping I can be a big part of turning that negative trend around. And a pretty unique situation, that this might happen with Jonathan (Dahlén)? Absolutely, that I got drafted there and he got traded there. Sometimes we joke around about that. Just imagine you and I playing for Vancouver for years to come. I’m using the world surreal a lot but I really don’t know what to say. I’m just hoping that it’ll happen, because he’s such a great friend and we have great chemistry on the ice.


  • Reply M Smith September 12, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome interview

  • Reply BadBoiFilms September 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm


  • Reply EP40 September 16, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Can't wait to see you play in Vancouver this upcoming season. The city of Vancouver and Canucks fans all over are behind you 100%

  • Reply Shadownet September 18, 2018 at 6:06 am

    On behalf of the true Canucks fans who stuck through the suffering, I'm glad to say we're excited for you. We can't wait for you to tear up the NHL. We have and always will believe in you.

    I can't wait.

  • Reply Du vet Eliott November 10, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Du är min idol

  • Reply chappyfx February 22, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    my right ear enjoyed this interview

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