Robert Nilsson was born on January 10, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Kent and Berit. His father Kent is a former NHL forward and played in 553 games over the course of ten seasons with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames, Minnesota North Stars and Edmonton Oilers. Robert has a brother, Anders, and a sister, Helen. They grew up in Stockholm, Sweden.
Robert has been dating his girlfriend My for six months. They met through friends back in Sweden. He currently shares a home with teammate Petteri Nokelainen in Point Lookout.
ROBERT'S FAVORITE THINGS
Player growing up: Kristian Huselius
Team growing up: Calgary Flames
Drink: Milk and Coke
Type of music: Techno
Band: DJ Tiesto
TV show: Friends
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Brand of stick: CCM
Book: "Da Vinci Code"
Spot on Long Island: Point Lookout
Most goals scored in a game? 15 or 16 back in Stockholm when I was 12 or 13
THE POP CULTURE CHALLENGE:
Soccer, football or Table Tennis? Soccer
Game on the line? Shootout? What goalie do you not want to face? I don't fear anyone
How many times have you seen the "American Pie" movies? Too many
Left or right skate on first? It doesn't matter
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
"The OC" or "Laguna Beach"? Neither
Stadium food? Ice Cream
Ever purchased an SI Swimsuit magazine? Nope
Miss the red line? Never played with it
Likes shootouts? Oh yeah
PowerAde or Gatorade? Neither
Blue or Orange? Blue
What do you like on top of your Pizza? Pepperoni
What new rule would you get rid of? I like them all
Do you play Madden football? No
Homer Simpson or Fred Flintstone? Fred Flintstone
Mets or Yankees? Yankees
NYI: Congrats on your first NHL goal.
RN: Thank you. It was fun.
NYI: What was it like burying your first tally?
RN: It was awesome. Great emotions.
NYI: So, where's the puck?
RN: It's somewhere in my house. I don't remember where I put. I'll find it.
NYI: What's the biggest difference playing in North America in comparison to Europe?
RN: Definitely the smaller rinks.
NYI: Does it affect your game at all?
RN: No, not really.
NYI: So, do you like it?
RN: Oh yeah. It's faster. You have to think more and it's more fun.
NYI: When did you decide to come over to North America to play?
RN: It was a couple of weeks before the season started and a few weeks after the lockout ended.
NYI: What was your thought process through it?
RN: Well, I didn't have much time to think about it. I was in Ottawa playing in a tournament and Mike Milbury called me asking me if I wanted to play here.
NYI: Are you happy with your decision?
RN: Oh yeah, no doubt.
NYI: Your father played in the NHL. Did he give you any advice before you came over?
RN: He just told me to shoot a lot [laughs].