– If it is then all about ten minutes of my time, or ten hours is immaterial. The important thing is how much it means to them to help, he continues.
Oliver Ekman Larsson's willingness to help has resulted in this year he is nominated for the King Clancy Trophy. Also Henrik Lundqvist is among the three candidates for the award.
the Prize is awarded to a player who is a good example of leadership on and off the ice, and that helps with humanitarian efforts to the community.
Both things are true for 27-year-old Oliver Ekman Larsson.
He is among other things involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, a support organisation for children and young people in the region.
In autumn he gave over a million to the organization.
also helped the Phoenix children's hospital and in various ways contributed to the ”Hockey Fights Cancer”, an issue that is close to Oliver's heart, who himself lost his mother in cancer.
in Addition, he has worked with Playworks – that work against bullying and has been involved in the NHL's project to highlight the problem of mental illness in hockey.
Yes, the list can be even longer.
But as I said, he does it not to get the applause, ryggdunkningar or for the sake of awards.
He makes it short and good for that he can.
"I'll have to thank mom and dad for the upbringing that I have received," says Oliver Ekman Larsson.
in Bratislava, the day after the world premiere.
It was a tough Friday night in Ondrej Nepeal Arena in Bratislava for the reigning world champions Sweden.
A crowded arena brought the Czech republic to complete a 5-2 victory.
Now waiting for the next match and then against much easier opposition.
In the afternoon trained the swedes in träningsarenan to prepare for Sunday's match against Italy.
this Year's CHAMPIONSHIP team is 27-year-old Oliver Ekman Larsson's team. For the first time, it is he who is the captain of the team during a championship.
Even if it is a new role for him in the national team, he knows what it means to wear a C on his chest.
this season he has been captain of his club team Arizona.
" It was something of a conversion to become the captain, but more off the ice than on it. It was a little laggrejer and such that you had to fix, " says Oliver.
with the hill John Klingberg, who will come to Bratislava in the beginning of the next week, Oliver Ekman Larsson the only one who has been in the two latest Swedish world guldlagen.
" When I get the chance to pull on me Three Crowns-shirt, I take it. You don't know how many more chances you get. There are many young guys that come up and make it good, " says Oliver.
A third world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medal for Tre Kronor and Oliver would be a historic medal, Sweden has never previously won three straight world CHAMPIONSHIPS, but the road is still long.
with the next season begins Oliver's new åttaårskontrakt with Arizona to apply.
He has already been in the club in nine seasons, and he stops the entire period of the contract, there will be 17 straight seasons in the same club.
Oliver Ekman Larsson's loyalty towards the one and same club, says a lot about him.
- All the places where I've been has shown that they believe in me, and thus, created the player that I am today. Then I want to show that I appreciate it, " says Oliver.
He speaks with warmth about Leksand and the two seasons he played there before the NHL-the adventure began, but at home and remain Tingsryd in Småland.
this is The place he always returns.
"I'm probably very hemker of me," he says with a smile.
the Plan is that eventually he will be able to move into a new house in Tingsryd, which shall be his base during the sommarledigheterna.
"Not so good," he says with a laugh.
– currently it says nothing on the plot, but came back and put the question in december or January, so maybe something has happened.
" No, I have fingers and thumbs so they have no help from me.
– For I thrive there, and for that it's nice and safe to come home. My dad lives there and my friends live there. Just a few hours after I arrived there, everything is as usual again, and that I enjoy.
– Tingsryd is also more centrally located than what many think. It is close to both the airports in Växjö in sweden and Ronneby in sweden, and not especially far to the Copenhagen either.
We're kidding about he can drink cheap coffee at Tingsryd pride Börjes department store.
" I think it still only costs three dollars for two cups of coffee. It can be no complaining about, " says Oliver with a laugh.
But before it's time for house building, cheap coffee and get-togethers with near and dear ones may guldjakten in Bratislava, Oliver Ekman Larsson's full attention.
given Three of Par shaky start, it may be needed.