"I had no clue what I was getting into. With my style of play, everybody thought I would be home after half a year. I had seen one NHL game on TV. It was the Rangers and St. Louis, and I saw it on tape. So, I had no clue what I was getting into, but it went the other way. I did really well. It was the best time of my life." -- Jorgen Pettersson
Welcoming the New York Rangers
into their city is special for Gothenburgers, especially those who vividly remember Henrik Lundqvist
before he became a Broadway star.
For one, though, the mere mention, let alone sight, of the Rangers is a vivid reminder of the best time of his life, of his heyday as a player in the National Hockey League.
"I scored my first goal at Madison Square Garden and I scored my first hat trick against the Rangers," Gothenburg native Jorgen Pettersson
, a former star with Frolunda and the St. Louis Blues
, told NHL.com. "I always seemed to score when we played them."
Pettersson cherishes the memories of his success against the Rangers and his entire six-year run in the NHL, including five seasons in St. Louis and one split between Hartford and Washington. He was not the first player from Gothenburg in the NHL, nor was he the first Frolunda player in the NHL, but he was the first Gothenburger who played for Frolunda to make it in the NHL.