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Getting To Know: Dennis Everberg

by Samantha Rogan / Colorado Avalanche

A native of Vasteras, Sweden, forward Dennis Everberg signed a two-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche on April 29, 2014 as a free agent. The 22-year-old compiled 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 63 games with Rogle BK in Sweden's Allsvenskan league during the 2013-14 season. He was a pleasant surprise during Avalanche training camp, earning a spot on the opening-night roster and appearing in the club's first five games. He recorded his first NHL point in the form of a goal on Nov. 2 at Anaheim and tallied two assists over his next three games. Everberg injured his shoulder Nov. 20 and missed eight contests, but he recently returned to the lineup and will help bolster Colorado's forward depth for the rest of the season.

What was your favorite hockey memory growing up?

I always loved watching my dad play, so I guess that’s one part of it. I would always watch any Swedish team play. That was a big thing, and especially when my dad played because we were a big hockey family.

Who got you started playing hockey?

My dad plays, so I was kind of forced into it. I guess I had no choice, but I’m happy with how it worked out. My dad played and my brother played too, so it has been hockey all the time in my family.

Who was your NHL idol growing up?

Obviously, Peter Forsberg. I watched all of the big Swedes that played when I was a kid like Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom, but Forsberg was the biggest one for sure.

How did it feel to score your first NHL goal?

It was an awesome feeling. Something you dream about your whole life. You’ve done so many practices as a kid and always had that dream you chased. To be able to play in the NHL and score a goal is an awesome feeling.

Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

No, not really. I think it comes naturally, the way I like to do certain things. My stick should be in one place, and I put on my gear the same way all the time. But I don’t think about it, it just comes naturally.

Do you have a favorite pregame meal?

It has to be something with mashed potatoes. Chicken and mashed potatoes as often as I can.

If you weren’t playing hockey as a career, what do you think you would be doing?

I’d be a pilot. A friend of mine's dad is a pilot, but I’ve always been interested in planes since I was a kid. That was kind of my plan if I didn’t become a hockey player, I’d be a pilot for sure.

What do you like to do when you’re away from the rink?

I play a lot of video games with the guys and watch a lot of movies.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?

My favorite TV show right now is Game of Thrones. My favorite movie is probably Gladiator.

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