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Per Ledin Q&A

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Most Avalanche fans have never seen you play. Can you describe what you bring to the ice?

“I try to play a quick game, play as hard as I can and do a good job every shift for the team. There are a lot of things you can do. It’s obviously fun to score goals, but you can also block shots and give out hits. I just try to do something every shift, play with a lot of speed and be as physical as I can. I’m just really looking forward to the season.”

Is there maybe a player in the NHL right now you model your game after, or could compare yourself to?
“When I grew up I had two strong models. One was Mikael Renberg; he’s retired right now but he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers. The other one is Tomas Holmstrom in Detroit. I looked up to them when I was growing up and took the best parts from how they played. I tried to develop myself to do all those little things and hopefully I can be a good asset for the team.”

When did you arrive in Denver and what are your thoughts on the city?
“I arrived in the beginning of September and I felt right away that this is a dream come true. It already feels like a very nice society; the people are very helpful and kind. It’s very nice coming here and getting to know my teammates. They’ve been taking care of me and I have good things to say so far about Denver and this organization.”

Have any of your teammates helped you in making the adjustment to your new home? I know I’ve seen you arrive at the rink with Ben Guite a few times.
“Yes, he’s helped me a lot and I really appreciate it. He’s a very good guy and is my same age. We’ve been doing a lot of cool stuff together.”

What do you think you’ll miss most about Sweden while you’re here?
“I don’t know really. I just feel that this is a dream come true. I’ve been preparing since I was a little kid to come here. I worked so hard to finally get here. I’m going to keep working hard every day to make it happen, and hopefully I can stay here with my family for a couple of years.”

You play a lot of inline hockey. Is the sport pretty big in Sweden?
“Down in the south it’s pretty big. You have your own league and as soon as you stop playing ice hockey you switch over. I think it’s a good way to develop your cardio, your passing and shot. It’s very similar to ice hockey, and that’s what makes it so fun. It’s tough and it’s hard. We have a pretty intense schedule back in Sweden. I’ve always been there for the National Team also; we won the gold medal last year.”

Is it common for top-level players in Sweden to play inline hockey?
“It depends. The teams I’ve been playing for told me to go ahead and play. I think a lot of new rising stars play inline and that’s good, because they teach younger kids that inline hockey is a way to work on their game during the summer. I know for a fact that it’s helped me a lot. I feel good going back to the ice when the summer is over, because your body has all that momentum from skating.”

Besides playing inline hockey, you’ve also represented your country at the IIHF World Championship. What does something like that mean to you?
“For me, it’s one of the biggest things to represent your country. We’re proud to come from Sweden. One of the dreams you have as a kid is to play in the big tournaments and compete with the best guys in the world. Obviously, the biggest dream is to play in the NHL, and hopefully my dream comes true.”
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