Mathias Tellstrom : "I’m excited to play in front of this loud crowd"

Can you introduce yourself to the fans ?
My name is Mathias Tellström. Born and raised in Linköping, Sweden. I’m 23 years old, 188cm tall and weigh around 93kg.

What style of player are you on the ice and in the locker room ?
I’m a pretty big guy so I like using my body to get an advantage over the opponent. I like shooting and is offensively minded but I also don’t shy away from the physical part of the game. In the locker room i’m trying to be very neutral and not create any cliques. I like staying positive and bring my best effort everyday I come to the rink.

Can you tell us about your experience in NA3HL and SPHL ? What is the level of these divisions ?
My experience from my time in the US was great. I began the journey in Detroit, Michigan where I played two years of junior hockey and played for a team who set an all time American junior hockey record going undefeated in the regular season (47-0). NA3HL is Tier-III junior hockey in the states but the best one of them so my division I played in was very competitive still. I continued my journey down in Roanoke, Virginia playing for the Rail Yard Dawgs in the SPHL which is the 4th highest pro league in the US. It’s equivalent to France2.

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Why did you choose to come to Dunkirk ?
I like traveling and I’ve always had a dream of playing pro hockey abroad in Europe. To play in France and Dunkirk honestly couldn’t be any better so I’m very happy I got this opportunity and I won’t take it for granted.

How is your integration and the first contacts with the city ?
My first impression of the city has been great, it’s very beautiful and foreign to me which makes it very interesting.

Do you know the atmosphere on game nights ?
I’ve been told that the fans are great and it’s very loud throughout the whole games with authentic trumpet music and songs.

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What do you know about the French championship and in particular about division 1 ?
Not so much honestly, I know it’s very competitive from top to the bottom team and anybody could beat each other on any given night which is fun.

Do you have personal and collective goals this season ?
Personal goals not so much other than keep improving in every aspect of the game and collectively the team wants to get promoted to Ligue Magnus. That’s the end goal and that’s what we strive for.

A last word for the fans ?
I’m excited to play in front of this loud crowd and can’t wait to step on the ice, hopefully already against Cergy on the 4th. I’ll see you then ! Prends soin de toi.