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Gabriel Landeskog
North American Skater
Kitchener, OHL
Final Rank:  2 Midterm Rank:  1
Position:  Left Wing Shoots:  Left
Height:  6' 0" Weight:  207
Born:  November 23, 1992 Hometown:  Stockholm, SWE
Birthplace:  Stockholm, SWE
On his style of play: I'm a power forward that likes to play physical and likes to be strong on the puck, take it to the net, and use my shot. I like to see myself as an all round hockey player. I can play both defensively and offense.

On what NHL players he models his game after: I look a lot at Jarome Iginla and Mike Richards. They're kind of my role models. I look a lot at how they play and I kind of try to be like them. They're good leaders too, for their team. They're good role models for me.

On having a big physical aspect to his style of play: I think it all started when we were allowed to hit. I don't know what age it was, probably 13 or something. My dad used to play; he was a big, physical defenseman, so he gave me some advice. It's not bad to play physical. It's just another asset to your game. I started out young and then it just kind of came along with it. I've just been using it to my advantage.

On putting on skates for the first time: I think I was about four or five years old. My dad took my brother to a rink and I came along. My brother didn't like it at all, and I thought it looked fun. I came along the next day and loved it ever since then.

On his father’s hockey career and his influence:
He played hockey for a team named Hammarby, and he played two seasons in the Swedish Elite League. After that, he played all of his career in the second tier league. He's a big defenseman that liked to play physical and could also move the puck, from what I've heard. He's always been a really good mentor for me. He's always been there and given me advice on the way here. Just been a great mentor for me all my life not only on the ice but also off.

On being the youngest player called up to Djurgarden:
It was kind of a shock, because I didn't really expect it. I was playing with a junior team, but then my coach called one Friday night and he said that I was going to practice with the men's team the day after, and there might be a chance that I was going to play the next day after that. So I was just jumping around at home giving my mom a hug. It was great. The feeling of stepping on the ice there, it was just awesome. I didn't know at the time that I was the youngest player, but it was definitely one of the biggest hockey moments for me thus far.

On his decision to play in the OHL:
It was kind of where I stood. I had two ways to choose: I could play in the Swedish Elite League or come here. I felt that I wanted to try something new. Canadian junior hockey has always been one of my dreams. I felt that if I would come here to Kitchener and play for a team that really believed in me I would improve a lot more as a player and also as a person because moving from home and moving to another country would be really great experience.

On facing adversity growing up: I think hockey wise I wasn't really that good of a player when I was younger. I think I've always been in the background, always been one of the teammates. But then when we started coming up to the junior age, I think I matured a bit, not only physically, but also mentally.

On his childhood hockey idol: Peter Forsberg. He was on posters all over my room. He was always the player that I looked up to, because he could play the skilled game and also the physical game. I he was a big role model for me.




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