We have a new interview to present to you guys! We caught up with Sebastian Stalberg of the Worcester Sharks of the AHL! So a little bit about him first. Sebastian’s from Gothenburg, Sweden, grew up playing for Frolunda, until he moved over to North America play for the University of Vermont Catamounts. You might know his brother Viktor who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks. You can follow him on Twitter @SStalberg8. You can follow us on Twitter, @HkyBlogger, and you can “like” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog
So the usual applies here, we are in bold.
Let’s have a nice little introduction about yourself, who are you, and do you have any interesting facts about yourself you could share?
I’m born and raised in Goteborg Sweden, got two brothers, Viktor and Alexander.
How old were you when you first played hockey?
I started playing hockey when I was four years old.
We all played hockey growing up, as well as other sports. We all started playing hockey because my dad and his brothers played hockey growing up.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Growing up I was also very much into Golf and soccer so it was always a packed schedule but hockey was always my number one sport.
How hectic was it at the Stalberg household with you and Viktor playing hockey at such high levels?
No matter what we did it was always a competitive atmosphere at our house.
On to your pro career,
What do you think is your biggest strength as a player?
It’s always hard to pin point your biggest strengths and weaknesses but if I would have to pick I would say my shot is my strength.
What is your biggest weakness as a player?
My weakness is at this point my physicality. I know I need to get bigger and stronger.
What kind of player do you consider yourself?
I am definitely an offensive player!
When you first decided to play in the NCAA, what was the main
difference you noticed between playing for the University of Vermont and Frolunda?
The biggest difference was the change of adjusting to North American hockey which is more of a “North-South” type of game. Also, before I started playing in North America, I’d only played with and against players that are in my age group (one two years older). In college hockey, I am playing against players that are 18 to 25 years old, which is a big difference..
Now that you look back on your University of Vermont career, what is one thing you wish you could have changed?
Looking back at it I don’t think there is anything in particular that I would change. I had a great 3 years at Vermont and I learned a lot both on and off the ice. I would have done it all over again if I had the chance.
When you signed you first professional contract, what was that like? Take us through it.
It was obviously a dream come true, its been a goal of mine all my life. I think all hockey players have that same goal and it was fantastic to get the opportunity and confirmation that all your hard work had paid of.
We interviewed Jon Matsumoto a while back, any embarrassing secrets you’d like to share about him?
Haha I don’t really have anything on Mats. He’s a great guy and hockey player.
The next part is more of a “rapid fire” session, don’t think, just answer.
Favourite food? – Sushi
Who’s the roomie on the road? – John McCarthy
What’s on your iPod? – Everything
Worst taste in music on the team? – Sena Acolatse
Which one do your prefer? Read the book, or watch the movie? – Movie
Xbox or Playstation? – Xbox
Favourite TV show? – Friends
One thing you can’t stand in people? – Don’t know
If you weren’t playing hockey what would you be doing? – Be in School
Left handed or right handed? – Right
Most memorable team prank? – Secret Santa; Freshman year at Vermont
Couple last words,
Words of wisdom to young hockey players? – Have fun, its the most important part, work hard, and eventually good things will happen.
Who should we interview next?
Don’t know haha
Thank you for your time.