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Philip Broberg has had an exciting last couple months.
Selected to play in the World Juniors tournament for his home country of Sweden this past December in Vancouver, Broberg said that he enjoyed the experience, despite losing to Switzerland in the quarterfinals.
“It was an awesome tournament,” Broberg told BTS Hockey. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, though we did have a good group play, but couldn’t get the win in the quarterfinals.”
Playing alongside Adam Boqvist, Erik Brannstrom, Nils Lundqvist and Rasmus Sandin, Broberg says that he was able to learn from them consistently throughout the tournament, and he’s hoping to be selected again next season.
“I was learning from them every day when I was there with them,” Broberg said. “They’re so skilled and so talented that I try to learn the good things that they do on the ice. I’m just striving to be the best player that I can be. Hopefully next year I can be back for the Swedish team, and have the experience to help take the guys to the next level, but it was a dream come true to play in the World Juniors.”
As a Swede, Broberg says he idolizes another defenseman from the opposite side of his home country.
“Growing up, my role model was Victor Hedman,” Broberg said. “I like to compare my game to his. He’s a big defenseman who can really skate. He’s good on both sides of the puck and is good in both zones. He’s just a really good defender.”
Raised in Örebro, Sweden, Broberg says that representing his country is something that is very important to him.
“I take a lot of pride in playing in the Swedish shirt,” Broberg said. “I’m so proud of my country, it’s something that is a dream come true for me to play for Sweden.”
Broberg is very aware that he didn’t achieve this dream or anything else in hockey on his own.
“My mother was a huge support and influence when I was younger. ” Broberg said. “All of the driving to all of the practices, all the food when I got home. She played football (soccer), and she did a lot of physical training with me when I was younger.”
Today at 6-foot-2, Broberg can skate like the wind and has a keen mind for the game.
“My skating and my size are two of my biggest aspects,” Broberg said. “But I’d like to think my hockey IQ is something that is a strength as well. I’m really just trying to get better every day, taking care of my body, and just really trying to become the best player that I can be.”
Broberg feels that hockey is a sport that gives joy to many, and helps to connect people from all over the world, and he believes that the social aspect of the game has given him connections that he will have for the rest of his life.
“Hockey is my life and that’s what I want to do for a living for the rest of my life,” Broberg said. “I just really love the game. It’s given me a lot of friends, you always continue to meet new people, and make new friends with a new team.”
Broberg currently has tallied nine points (1G-8A) for AIK in the Allsvenkan this year.
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