Carl Soderberg has appeared in 161 career NHL games, all with the Boston Bruins, and has registered 94 points (29 goals and 65 assists), a plus-12 rating and 68 penalty minutes in that span. Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Soderberg has also skated in 14 playoff games, recording six points (one goal and five assists). The 6-foot-3, 216-pound center signed a five-year contract, good through the 2019-20 season, with the Colorado Avalanche on June 26, 2015.
Q: What was your favorite hockey memory growing up?
A: For sure it was Sweden winning the Olympic gold in 1994.
Q: Who was your favorite hockey player?
A: Peter Forsberg.
Q: How did you discover your love for hockey?
A: I love to go to the rink every day and meet the guys, and I like to make great success with the guys.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about your experience with Boston?
A: I had two or three great seasons there. The first year we lost the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago. That was a great run though, but it is hard to lose in the final. Knowing we had a great season, we wanted to win the trophy. I think all the guys were really disappointed when we lost against Montreal the next year because we thought we would win the cup. I still think we could have. But it’s always good to have one of those good chances. I mean it’s a lot of pressure on you. It was a classic team, too.
Q: What was your initial reaction when you heard Colorado was interested in you?
A: Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy called me the day before I signed to just ask me to if I was interested in playing for them, and I said of course. Then they said ‘we are going to try to trade for you.’
Q: Have they set any expectations for you?
A: Yeah, and I have expectations for myself too. I am a strong two-way center, and I want to play against the best lines.
Q: Did you know anyone on the team before?
A: Yeah. Jarome [Iginla] and [Gabriel Landeskog], for sure.
Q: Last year was your second full season. What did you learn from that experience?
A: We had a great year the year before, and I think that maybe we thought everything took care of itself. You need a good start. You need to work out as soon as the camp starts, and in the beginning of the regular season, to get going and that’s what we have to do this season.
Q: What have been your impressions of Denver so far?
A: It’s nice. I like Denver a lot. It is similar to Sweden in the environment.
Q: Have you gotten to see much of the city yet?
A: I have not yet, but I will, for sure.
Q: What kind of stuff do you like to do away from the rink?
A: I like to hike, just go out in the mountains for a hike or whatever. It doesn’t have to be long, but to be out with the family for a hike is nice. And then I like to hang out with my family. I like to play golf too, for sure.