FRASER, Mich. – It’s true – even players from Sweden want to play for the Metro Jets.
And this fall, Mathias Tellstrom figures to be a major component of the Jets’ offense.
Going 6-foot-2 and weighing nearly 200 pounds, the 18-year-old Tellstrom is excited to arrive in Michigan later this summer and said Jets’ fans will notice him right away.
“I’m a big forward who likes to shoot and check a lot,” Tellstrom said. “Personally, I think I have great hockey sense. They will hopefully see a hard-working forward with some good plays and some good goals. It will be very exciting to play in a different country with another type of play.”
Since 2012, Tellstrom has played for both the U18 and U20 teams with the BIK Karlskoga franchise in Linkoping, Sweden. In 2014-15, Tellstrom posted 17 goals and 41 points in 22 games split between the U20 Elite and Division I teams.
It’s that offensive firepower that Metro coach-GM Justin Quenneville hopes Tellstrom can bring to Fraser Hockeyland for the 2015-16 NA3HL campaign.
"I was put on to Mathias from Kalle Larsson (with Scandinavian Hockey Consulting) and did some homework on him,” Quenneville said. “He has good size and a mix of abilities that can be a big addition to our lineup. Now, we will have to help him transition his game to North-America, but I have all the confidence he will be ready come August. We are excited to get him on the ice and get started."
At the end of last season, Tellstrom showed a heavy interest in coming to play junior hockey in North America and Quenneville, who has strong ties to officials with Scandinavian Hockey Consulting, jumped on the recruiting path.
“American junior hockey is much different from the Swedish junior hockey,” explained Tellstrom. “In the States, the rink is a lot smaller than the Swedish rink, which means that it'll be a faster pace of hockey with more shots and more checking.”
Tellstrom named his hockey idol as former NHL captain Mats Sundin and if all goes as planned starting with next season, getting the chance to play professional hockey could be in Tellstrom’s plans.
“Every kids’ dream is to become a pro player and hopefully, play in the NHL, so that’s still my biggest dream with hockey and I definitely hope to turn pro in a few years, but I would definitely not turn down a college hockey scholarship in the States,” Tellstrom said. “Before that, I want to play for the Jets and help the team achieve our goals, which I hope is to win everything that we can.”