When I was 18 years old I still played hockey at home in Leksand for a team called Häradsbygden. I got in contact with SHC at the end of my season there and we began working together to find me a team in North America to play for the following season.
It’s probably every hockey player’s dream to test their luck over there on and off the ice.
I don’t think I really knew what I had gotten myself into when I signed a contract with SHC to actually start the process. It was more my desire that took control then, but when I got the alternatives of what teams I could play for that was tailored for me personally it really hit me that I was moving from the small town of Leksand to the biggest adventure of my life.
I came to a team called the Colorado Roughriders that was located almost in the middle of downtown Denver, Colorado. It was really nervous sitting on the plan over the Atlantic, but at the same time I have never been more excited for anything as I was for this.
Once at the airport I was greeted by my fantastic billet family that I was going to live with during the season.
The next thing on the agenda was meeting the coaches and my teammates. I must honestly say that the way they introduce and welcome a new player to the tea over there is extremely professional. I became part of the team right away.
According to me, everything was a little bit better than in Sweden. Everything from wearing suit and tie to the game and real fans who bought tickets to watch us play, and even people who stood on the ice singing the national anthem before opening face-off.
The season went pretty well for me and I really developed as a player and person. A really cool thing was tha the rink is smaller, and everything happens so much quicker than at home, but also that the entire team work for each other to win every game.
Most of my spare time was spent hanging out with my teammates, and we did a lot of cool things and went on excursions.
My billet family will be my friends for the rest of my life and we still speak almost daily.
Working with SHC was great, and they contacted me throughout the season making sure everything was good and made sure I didn’t have any questions or needed help with anything.
The main gola with my season over there was to develop as a player and learn english fluently, both of which came to reality. But primarily I have had insanely fun and gotten to know very many new friends I have shared so many awesome experiences with!