CC commit Fredrik Olofsson makes Team Sweden for Hlinka tournament

Published: July 23, 2013, 10:05 am, by Joe Paisley

CC_Puck_2012Colorado College commit Fredrik Olofsson will compete for his native Sweden at the annual Ivan Hlinka  tournament in the Czech Republic, aka the World U18 Cup, Aug. 5-10.

He was interviewed by the Green Bay Press Gazette, where his older brother, CC incoming freshman defenseman Gustav played and where Fredrik, a forward, is headed this fall. Here is an excerpt from that article:

Gustav tallied 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) as a leader on the Gamblers’ defensive corps and was selected in the second round of last month’s NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild.

“If watching the draft doesn’t get you 10 times more motivated to one day be there as well, then there’s something wrong,” said Fredrik Olofsson, who is committed to Colorado College, where Gustav will be an incoming freshman.

“It’s definitely what is getting me through the summer right now and the workouts and all of that, because that’s the ultimate goal we’re all trying to reach.”

Fredrik played the previous two seasons with the Colorado Thunderbirds, recording 188 points in 133 games. However, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder knows he’ll have to pick up his game like his older brother did for his first full season in the USHL.

“There’s always going to be competition and pressure being the younger brother,” Olofsson said. “I kind of like the pressure because when people expect big things, I tend to rise to the occasion.

“Me and Goose as close as we are, we compete in almost everything, so I really want to have a good year so I can brag about it to him if I do better than him or something like that.”