New Blue Jackets left wing Fredrik Modin is the subject of this week’s “Q&A with the CBJ.” In a five-minute sit-down with Modin, a trained carpenter, it became clear that the swift-swinging Swede will definitely help the Jackets hammer out more goals.
(CBJ.com) – Q: What is it about hockey that you love the most?
(Fredrik) – A: I think it’s everything about it. It’s tough to really put just one thing on there, but the reward you get when you get everybody on the same page working together and you start winning, I think that really is a special feeling.
(CBJ.com) – Q: What are your personal and team goals for the season?
(Fredrik) – A: I don’t like to (aim for) putting specific numbers up. Obviously, I like to score a lot of goals and score a lot of points. The most important thing is to make sure you’re winning hockey games. That’s a personal goal and a team goal, too. The greatest satisfaction would be to be able to sit down after every game and say that I and we (as a team) did a great job out there and be happy with what we did. If you can do that, you will have success.
(CBJ.com) – Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your family and growing up in Sweden?
(Fredrik) – A: I’ve got a mom, a dad and an older brother, who’s three years older than me. He also played hockey for a long time. I grew up right in the middle of Sweden on the Baltic Sea, just south of Sundsvall in a little village called Njurunda. In a small town, you do everything with your buddies. You play soccer in the summer and hockey in the winter, and it’s basically t
he same guys on the soccer team who are on the hockey team.
(CBJ.com) – Q: Who were some of your heroes growing up?
(Fredrik) – A: Every time we played street hockey–which would basically be every day–I wanted to be Tomas Sandstrom. He was my big hockey hero. Anyone playing for the (Swedish) national team was a huge hero for me growing up, but Tomas Sandstrom was my guy.
(CBJ.com) – Q: What has been the highlight of your hockey career so far?
(Fredrik) – A: Winning the Stanley Cup (with Tampa Bay in 2003-04). I think I need more than five minutes to explain how that feels…it’s just an unbelievable feeling to go through a season and finally get the ultimate reward.
(CBJ.com) – Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat both before and after a game?
(Fredrik) – A: Before the game: chicken and pasta. That’s the pre-game meal set up for us. It works fine, and it’s good. Afterwards…I’m very easy. I mean, I don’t mind a good steak now and then, but I’m easy. Anything. Anything that’s warm.
(CBJ.com) – Q: What kind of music gets you pumped up?
(Fredrik) – A: I listen to all kinds of music. I like everything from rap to country. It’s very spread out.
(CBJ.com) – Q: If you weren’t playing pro hockey, what would you be doing right now?
(Fredrik) – A: I’d probably be a carpenter because I went to school for that back in Sweden. Actually, I worked for one summer or two as a carpenter. That was about 15 years ago, though.
(CBJ.com) – Q: Even though you haven’t been in Columbus long, who is your funniest teammate?
(Fredrik) – A: There are a bunch of funny guys. That’s a tough question.
(CBJ.com) – Q: Anson Carter said his was Jason Chimera, “Chimmer.”
(Fredrik) – A: Yeah, I would have to say “Chimmer,” too.
(CBJ.com) – Q: Last question…describe “Fredrik Modin” in one word.
(Fredrik) – A: See, I don’t know if I can do that. That’s not my thing really. I’m not a big fan of talking about myself.
(CBJ.com) – A: So that one word would be “modest?”
(Fredrik) – A: (Laughing) If you say so.