Mathias Emilio Pettersen (20) signed on Monday for the NHL club Calgary Flames, which has been his favorite club since he was a kid.
“Dad bought me a Calgary Flames kit when I was little. It was really cool, and that’s how it started,” Pettersen was quoted a few hours after he signed the professional contract with Calgary Flames. The agreement with the Canadian NHL Club extends over three years.
He was still overjoyed when talking to NTB.
“Of course, it feels amazing right now. I’m proud, but at the same time I feel there is a lot of work left to do. I am ready for the next challenge,” says Pettersen.
The Flames selected Pettersen in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, but the Manglerud boy has continued to play for the Denver Pioneers from Colorado since then. Last season with the Pioneers, he was involved in 35 goals (22 goals / 13 assists) in 36 games.
Pettersen can be seen in the NHL already next season. He can also be referred to games in the AHL, the level below the top league. There is no doubt that the Flames think seriously about the Norwegian.
“I have to thank both my parents and my friends in Norway. This is totally sick.”
Although the coronavirus has hit the United States hard, Pettersen’s days look pretty similar.
“There is a lot of training and eating. I try to make the most of things in a different everyday life. It is important to use this time properly and not fall behind when it comes to physical exercise and diet. Much of the day is spent doing these things right.”
When asked what is the Flames’ plan for him in the future, the new NHL pro answers:
“They haven’t said much about the plan yet. But they have faith in me, and that’s all I need. I want to play in the NHL, and that’s what I’m aiming to do for the rest of my career.”
“This is absolutely fantastic. A very big day for all of us. I am so happy on his behalf,” says his father Flemming Pettersen.
Pettersen could be the ninth Norwegian to play matches in the NHL. A brilliant career has been predicted for the 20-year-old for several years. Only Mats Zuccarello is in the league from Norway now. He plays for the Minnesota Wild.
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