"VÄXJÖ. Joel Persson last year, Pontus Holmberg in years."
"Växjö has certainly managed to find amazing bargains in the league."
"Pontus Holmberg has been a raketresa from the damaged division one talent to the established SHL-cog and the JVM-player:"
"– and this was not what I thought when I broke into the boards and injured myself in the spring, " says 19-year-old. "
"Joel Persson made an unprecedented trip last year when he took the leap from division one games in Kristianstad and a job as student assistant to the star players on the team Växjö Lakers."
"Pontus Holmberg journey may not be as spectacular and have not received the same headings, but are also remarkable. "
"the Talent played division one hockey with Västerås in the last year, now he is an important cog in the Växjö Lakers."
"the 19-year-old has been a minor sensation in the autumn, given the expectations. He has played center in the second - or third-chain, continuously with time in power plays and became of the week selected in the JVM-squad."
"– It has gone very quickly, " says Pontus Holmberg. "
"– and this was not what I thought when I broke into the boards and injured myself in the spring. It is just to enjoy it here. "
"It was the second consecutive year at the end of march and the accident."
"Holmberg scored the 1-0 for Västerås to Borlänge, sweden, after just 20 seconds, but broke just after the case into the rail. He was taken to the hospital where it was found that he had broken the finger. "
"Thus it was slutspelat for the season."
"– It is clear that it was tough, it wasn't what you wanted would happen. Nice that the team still went up in the premier league again, " he says."
"– I couldn't run all the exercises during the preseason, it took four, five months before the finger was perfectly fine. I was worried about not getting back movement entirely but now I feel nothing."
"Earlier in the season last year, he had scored in the two games with Växjö Lakers during a short låneperiod."
"A period which opened up for a SHL-agreement that was signed in the spring."
"He has taken a leading role."
"Inspired by Joel Persson"
"– My thoughts from the beginning was simply to take a place in Växjö and try to play as good as possible. I came in as excited, but not with so big expectations, " he says."
"it Meant something for you to Joel Persson has shown that the journey from the first division to the SHL is possible to make?"
"– His journey has been an inspiration. He has shown that nothing is impossible even if you play in the first division. He dominates the ice in total now. He did already last year. He has shown that you can succeed as a division a player in the SHL if you get the right help and guidance."
"How have you been able to take this step so quickly, from the first division to the SHL?"
"– of course it is a big step, both with skill and pace, but the step becomes less when one gets to play with skilled players. I have received a lot of help."
"Växjö coach Sam Hallam is impressed by fyndspelarna:"
"We have made two recruitments from division one in Joel, and the Pontus, and it feels like we had a bit of luck, which received two fantastic guys," he says."
"– Pontus is incredibly hockeysmart. He covers pucks, acting wisely, can jump between the center and the wing. He plays the power play for us and we have begun to take with him on the penalty kill-the meetings also. He is incredibly handy."
"Pontus Holmberg is basically the winger, but had to start playing center in Västerås during the season last year, and it is also the center he used Växjö Lakers."
"the Talent, who is the son of the old storspelaren Jörgen Holmberg with 241 matches in the top flight on his cv, is thus next in the line from the peerless centerskolan in Västerås, sweden."
"Players like Patrik Berglund, Mikael Backlund, Markus Ljungh, Dennis Rasmussen, and William Karlsson hit all through which young center they in the right Västerås and has since built successful careers."
"– Västerås is a very good place to develop on. They have good leaders and a good business. I had a great time there, " he says."
" I would say that I'm forward in the foundation and it really is the year that I become center, but now feels the position is more natural than to be wing. "
"Have the last storcentrarna in Västerås had any significance for you?"
"– It was a while since they played so I have no relationship with them, but I saw them in the A-team when I was younger. It is clear that there are great role models. It is also Fredrik Johansson. He has always been in Västerås and last year I got to play with him. It was great."
"”has Been a christmas tradition”"
"the Success in the fall opened the door for games in the JVM."
"A door was opened rather late."
"Pontus Holmberg has not been involved in any youth team."
"– My first landslagssamling was in February of this year, but then I became injured and was not on throughout the summer. I think I have evolved tremendously in the autumn. Both fysmässigt and hockeymässigt. Tomas Montén (the coach) was down at a match a while ago and then he told me that I would get to play the JVM. It was incredibly fun. "
"How will it be to play the JVM?"
" the Squad is not completely set in stone yet, but I'll do everything in order to come up with and I hope it will do well. JVM, I have always followed, it has been like a christmas tradition. I am incredibly happy and grateful to get the chance. "
"From the damaged division one player to the SHL player and JVM-player of a for almost a year... it must feel a little surreal?"
" a Little. I try not to think so much, but of course, it has gone faster than I thought. "
"Today: Vegas the Golden Knights, the NHL"
"Then: Locals who came to Västerås as a 16-year-old. Played all the way up to the A-team. Slammed into 45 points in 46 games and was named junior of the year in the allsvenskan 2011u002F12 – and it led to an SHL contract with HV71 and later an NHL career. "
"Today: Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL"
"Then: Surahammar-product that came to Västerås early, played the JVM and made 33 points in 48 matches first-year as a senior. It led to a contract with Växjö and later the world CUP games and a shorter NHL career. Houses now in the KHL. "
"Then: Västerås-product took it all the way up in the A-team. Made 32 points in 49 league matches as a junior and was named the season to elfsborgs main junior. Thereafter, he played SHL-hockey with Djurgården and HV71 and also tested in the national team. "
"Today: the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL"
"Then: Västerås product and super talent. Scoring 48 points in 35 league matches as a junior 2006u002F07, wrote then for the St. Louis Blues, but was loaned one year to the cities of Västerås and thundered into 45 points in 36 matches. Played in the NHL since then, and has made over 700 appearances there. "
"Today: Calgary Flames, NHL"
"Then: Västerås-product and megatalang – but the hit never really through as a junior in Västerås. Got to play the JVM 2008u002F09 and chose after the tournament, in the middle of the season, to leave the FOLD for the game in north America and was the NHL debut immediately. Have made close to 600 games in the NHL."