How have the Blackhawks been spending their offseason? chicagoblackhawks.com recently sat down with your favorite players to see how their summer has gone so far and discuss some of their aspirations for the 2011-12 NHL campaign. chicagoblackhawks.com caught up with winger Viktor Stalberg, who capped his first season with the Blackhawks with 24 points (12G, 12A) in a career-high 77 games.
What have you been up to this summer?
I’ve been back home in Sweden all summer, working out and playing as much golf as possible. I’m trying to see the friends and family that I don’t get to see too much during the year, so it’s nice to be home.
Have you been keeping in touch with your teammates?
Not too much... I try to keep in touch through Facebook or Skype, but we kind of do our own thing in the summer. When we all meet up, like at the Convention, it’s great to see everyone again.
Have you been on any vacations?
I haven’t. I made plans to go on vacation but nothing happened, so we’ll see. It’s starting to get close to the season, so I might skip that for this summer.
Are there specific skills you’re working on over the summer?
I haven’t worked on much yet, but I'm going to start skating again soon. There are a few things I want to get better at — get my hands a little softer, get better control and work on my balance a little bit.
What’s your personal goal for the upcoming season?
I don’t know if I have any personal goals in terms of points or goals. I want to be a bigger part of the team and help out as much as I can. I feel like I’m improving as a player, and that’s the biggest thing. I can improve my game in many ways, whether it’s playing on the penalty kill or power play. I definitely want to improve my overall game, so I can play more and help out.