How did you start playing hockey and when did you become a goalie?
My dad played hockey, not at a high level but he played and he wanted to introduce it to me so that’s how I got into playing. I was probably four years old when I started. I just tried being a goalie for a game when I was seven I think and I enjoyed it. Not long after, I told my parents to sell all the players equipment and told them that I wouldn’t need it.
What kind of teams did you grow up playing for?
You don’t really play for schools, you just play for an organization where you can play from when you start then you can go all the way up, if they have a professional team. I played in Danderyd until I was 14 and then moved to Jonkoping, it’s about three hours from my hometown, to go to high school because they have a program where you can combine the hockey program with the high school.
When did you start thinking of making the decision to come to North America?
In Sweden, you do three years of high school so I graduated a year ago, then I knew that I wanted to go somewhere because I probably wouldn’t play a lot if I stayed. I thought of the US and college and that sounded really interesting. My dad was actually born in New York and he was in Washington state for a year studying when he was younger so he’s had that small connection to the states and I’ve always thought it would be a cool place to play hockey.
Did your parents get a chance to come see you play this season?
They came once and they booked flights to come to the playoffs but then obviously they got canceled.
Did you have an idea if anything would be different in the US compared to Sweden?
My advisor and my dad told me that some things would be, that doesn’t mean they’re better or worse, they’re just different and I just had to get used to it. It’s not that different but it was a good experience to see different cultures.
What was your first impression of Chicago Assistant Coach Mike Garman?
My first meeting was actually the main camp in the summer and it’s funny, I knew about him before I knew he was the goalie coach for the Steel. When I got drafted I looked up the coaching staff and saw that Coach Garman was there as the goalie coach and I got all excited because I knew about him. When I saw him at main camp, I introduced myself and we had a good chat. During the summer he facetimed me and we got to know each other. When I got back to the states, we kind of knew each other already. He’s a really good guy.
What was your relationship like with Ian Shane?
He’s the best. We were really close and we still are, we text each other and call each other. He’s such a good guy, it’s nice to have a partner like that because positional goaltending is a little different so it’s nice to have someone to talk to. I didn’t feel like I had to compete with him, we were just good friends and we had fun.
If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing?
I would probably be studying something to fall back on but if I had to quit playing right now I think it would be fun to be a goalie coach. That’s still within hockey but I think it would be fun. When I’m done playing that’s for sure something I would be interested in.