Norwegian defender Norstebo making his mark in Sweden
When a kid grows up playing ice hockey in either Norway or Denmark and shows above-average abilities or an innate understanding of the game, he’ll often find his way to one of the many excellent junior programs that dot the Swedish ice hockey landscape. This is exactly what has taken place for the currently 5’10”, 170-pound Norwegian defenseman Mattias Norstebo (written Nørstebø in Norwegian and Nörstebö in Swedish).
Ultimately hailing from the Trondheim region of Norway, Norstebo just completed the busiest season of his young career, his second with the famed Brynas IF Gavle hockey program. Having turned 18 at the beginning of June and thus having spent the whole season as a 17-year-old, he found himself playing the great majority of the year with the club’s U20 team, where he collected five goals, 14 points, 14 penalty minutes and a +8 rating in 24 total games.… read more