“My dad played the game at elite level (Robert Tedenby) and he took me with him to the rink. That's how it began at around two years of age. I’ve never actually felt any pressure at being compared with him, probably because I’m better than him, haha.”
You’ve played in the NHL and the Swedish national team, Tre Kronor, how does that feel?
“Being drafted to the New Jersey Devils was an incredibly exciting challenge and the first year was fantastic. The coach who enrolled me believed in me and gave me plenty of time on the ice. Unfortunately, it didn't continue in that vein, mainly because I sustained a nasty facial injury and returned to HV71. But I would return if the chance came.
I love representing Sweden in the national side. I feel it's a great honour. Many of us know each other from the junior side so we soon find our rhythm on the ice. Finishing runners up for Sweden in Slovakia in 2011 was massive and a feeling I’ll never forget.”
What are you like as a player?
“Speed is my main strength. As a forward, I also master puck control and skating techniques.”
What's your next goal?
To win the Swedish championship. We have every chance of doing that I think.
Is there room in your life for anything other than ice hockey?
Yes, there is. I’m a sports nerd like many other hockey guys and love playing tennis and golf. Spending time with my family and friends is also top of the list.
What does your future hold? By that I mean when you’ve hung up your skates.
I’ve not really considered that as yet. Time will tell. I feel no anxiety or stress over retiring, but I wouldn't turn down the chance to coach if the opportunity came along. As things stand now.
5 quickies with Mattias Tedenby
City or countryside? A mix of both
Activity or relaxation? Relaxation
Eat out or at home? Home
Favourite place? New York, I’m happy there and have lived there for four years
Hidden talent? Other than hockey, difficult to say