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Tobias Enstrom: My Hometown

by Eric Postma / Winnipeg Jets
Describe your hometown.

“It’s pretty much like Winnipeg, but a smaller town. It gets cold in the winter, and nice and beautiful in the summer. People love hockey.”

How did you start playing hockey?
“There wasn’t much to do around town. My dad and my mom played hockey. I think I was two years old when my dad put skates on me for the first time, and ever since I’ve been skating.”

Who did you look up to when you were young?
“Nik Lidstrom. Take a look at what he is doing now. He’s getting up in age and is still playing, and still the top defenceman in the league.”

What was it like to play for MODO (of the Swedish Elite League)?
“I was fifteen when I moved up. I went to school for three years and lived by myself. I think that was a good step for me to take. Being in that organization, a great organization, with great people around me, I had a lot of good years there.”

What kind of hockey town is Örnsköldsvik (home of MODO)?
“It’s pretty much the same as Winnipeg. People live for hockey, so it’s a fun city to play in, and I had a great couple of years.”

What was the move to the NHL like?
“I was just trying to play my game that brought me over here. I came to a great organization that took good care of me. I just kept playing my game, and it worked out well.”

What do you miss?
“It’s got to be my family. I have a big family, two brothers and two sisters. They come over every once and a while to visit me. Other than that, I like it here, and I’m excited to have my first year here in Winnipeg.”



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