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Getting To Know: Patrik Nemeth

The Swedish defenseman is in the first season in Colorado

by Taylor Hodapp /

Patrik Nemeth is in his first year with the Colorado Avalanche after being claimed by the club on waivers from the Dallas Stars just prior to the start of the regular season. 

The 25-year-old blueliner had spent his entire career with the Stars organization, which selected him in the second round, 41st overall of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Nemeth, a Stockholm, Sweden, native stands at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds and is known as a stay-at-home defenseman. He has one goal and 19 assists in 120 NHL games.

Before the left-shooting defender entered the NHL, he played three years of pro hockey in Sweden with AIK. He was also a member of Sweden's squad at the 2012 World Junior Championship, where he had five assists in six games to help the country win its second-ever gold medal at the tournament and first since 1981.

Nemeth sat down with to talk about joining Colorado and the SAP NHL Global Series in his hometown.

When you got picked up on waivers, what was the travel like to get to Colorado as quickly as you could?

"It was packing quick. I had to get on the plane as fast as possible. I made sure that I didn't miss the plane."

How has your adjustment been to a new team this year?

"It has been pretty good so far. There's always things that I can do better. There's always things you can improve, but overall I think it has been good."

What kind of opportunities are here for you in Colorado to showcase your skills?

"I don't know, we will see. You never know. For me, it's just taking it day-by-day and game-by-game and going from there."

You and Gabriel Landeskog knew each other growing up, what is your friendship like?

"It's getting back there. He's great. We've known each other for a long time. He's a super guy, so it's easy to get along with him."

As a guy from Stockholm, what do you think the Global Series is going to be like?

"It's going to be fun. There are going to be a lot of friends and family that you know are going to watch the games. It's going to be nice to get back and see our family for a little while. Everything is positive about that trip for me."

The Global Series is going to be special for Swedish players. Have you heard of any buzz about the event in Stockholm leading up to the games?

"To be honest, I don't really know. I mean when our friends and family knew that we were going over, they were obviously very happy about it. Those are the ones I have been talking to about it. I'm sure there is going to be more buzz the closer to the games we get."

As the amount of Swedes in the league have grown, have you noticed an increase in interest in the NHL in Sweden?

"Yes, a little bit. The problem is the time difference, the games are all live during the night there. But every time there is a day game in the U.S., they are showing it over in Sweden, and I figure a lot of people are watching so it's great."

There's going to plenty of Swedes on the ice at the Global Series, do you think that will give you guys some extra fuel for the games?

"Not really. You're playing a team and you want to get two points, so I don't really care if we are playing against a Swede or Canadian. It's still two league games, and we are going to want to grab as many points as we can while we are over there."

Who did you look up to and what was your favorite team growing up?

"I think Colorado was one of them with Peter Forsberg playing here, but I think the Detroit Red Wings was probably the team that I looked up to the most. They had Nicklas Lidstrom and all those other Swedes that were playing on their team when they won all those Stanley Cups." 

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