Introducing…Lisa Hedengren

Profiling players from WW U18 Championship

Seven Bridges Ice Arena Woodridge Illinois United States

Lisa Hedengren leads Sweden's offense. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images

CHICAGO – Lisa Hedengren leads all Swedish players in both goals (3) and points (6) and she will have to be at her best if her team is to have a chance against the mighty Americans on Friday in the semi-finals. The 18-year-old is in her first and last WW U18 and will graduate to the senior ranks after this tournament.

How old were you when you first put on skates?
I was seven years old, and I played with boys at first.

Who is your hockey hero?
I don’t have just one hero, but, of course, Maria Rooth from Sweden, and Henrik Zetterberg is another.

Why do you wear number 27?
It was the first number I got when I started to play so I get it whenever I can.

Do you have any superstitions?
I dress the right side first, and I also tuck my sweater cuff under my elbow pad.

Who is your best friend on the team?
Cajsa Lillback.

How many brothers and sisters do you have?
One sister. We are very different. She doesn’t play hockey, but she’s actually here, so she likes to watch.

What’s on your iPod?
I have mixed interests. I listen to almost everything, depending on my mood.

Facebook or SMS?
I prefer SMS, but Facebook is good now when we’re here because it’s expensive to send text messages.

If you could learn a new language, what would it be?
Japanese would be cool to know, I think.

What country would you most like to visit?
The U.S. was always like a dream, but now that I’m here, maybe Australia or Hawaii.

What’s the best thing about this tournament?
The whole experience. This is my first world championship. I’ve waited three years to play, so just being here is special.

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