Happy Thursday Brown Bear Nation! This is the end of the road for the guys this season and thus the last Player Spotlight of the year. It seems like the right time to Thank Josh, Nick and the Guys for all their hard work this season on the ice and in the Community. The Brown Bears are developing into an exciting young team to watch and support with a bright future ahead of them in the NAHL! This week Filip and GRIZZ are on our radar!!!! Tho Filip is traveling to Fairbanks this weekend to help take on the Ice Dogs yet again, Grizz will be at home cheering loudly for the guys along with hundreds of other Brown Bear fans who aren’t able to make the trip across Alaska. We will be spread out on the Peninsula during this three game series, some at Main Street Bar and Grill, Some at the Upper Deck, some at Firehouse BBQ and some of you just in the comfort of your own living rooms watching and cheering for Filip and the boys. Wherever you are watching from, one thing is certain to be the same, and that is the Faith, Loyalty, and Love we all have for our team! We know you believe in this young Brown Bear team and the magic they are capable of so wherever you are MAKE SOME NOISE when Filip lights the lamp this weekend, or bangs an Icedog into the boards and steals the puck! He knows you are watching and are with him and his teammates 110%!
GO BEARS! MAUL EM’ !!!!
#12 Filip Karlsson
Hometown and favorite thing about your Hometown? Sweden, Mjölby
Favorite Book? I‘m Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Favorite movie? Taken
Favorite video game? NHL
Favorite Food? Swedish Meatballs
Who’s in your Family? My Dad Ulf, my Mom Helena, My Brother Eric, and my Sister Linnea
Best Family Memory? When Me and my Family went to the Maldive
Favorite Holiday? Christmas
Favorite hockey team? Toronto
Favorite hockey player? Elias Lindholm
Favorite hockey memory? This whole last season
Who was your hero growing up? my Dad
Do you have any pre-game rituals? What are they? A nap and a Swedish Fika
When did you start playing hockey and why do you keep playing? When I was 4 years old, because I love the Game
Shoot or Pass? Shoot
What position do you play and why do you like that position? Center, I like that because I’m a part of the D-zone and O-zone
What is your dream job? My dream job is to play Hockey
If you can’t have your dream job what other job are you interested in? I think I want to work with people
Who’s winning the Stanley Cup this year? Capitals
Anything else interesting about you? I like to play golf
If you had to give one piece of advice to the kids in our community what would you say to them? Never give up, and follow your dreams.
One last question!
What is your favorite thing to do away from the rink? Be with Friends and my Family
Hometown and favorite thing about your Hometown? Soldotna, Alaska! Our NAHL Hockey team and the Kenai River
Favorite Book? The Boys of Winter / Alaska Bear Tales
Favorite movie? Miracle on Ice
Favorite TV show? Yogi Bear
Favorite video game? NHL
Favorite Super Hero? Ursa Major
Favorite Food? Salmon and Berries
Favorite Restaurant? The Kenai River
Who’s in your Family? Brothers: Josh, Nick, Sacha, Alex, Lukas, Emils, Filip, Ross, David, Sutton, Gil, Michael, Tyler, Carter, Luke, Zach, Markuss, Cameron, Bronson, Joe, Joseph, Connor, Preston, Gavin and Kevin
Best Family Memory? Saving the Bears 2017
Favorite Holiday? October 18th Alaska Day
If you chose your Jersey number why did you choose it? 00, because it represents not one but all of my Brothers, I am Ground Zero Brown Bear!
Favorite hockey team? KENAI RIVER BROWN BEARS!!!
Favorite hockey player? Don’t have a favorite! Just all my Brown Bear Brothers!
Favorite hockey memory? Sweeping the Ice Dogs ( it happened once!)
Who was your hero growing up and why? Kenai Peninsula Youth Foundation for launching the support and funds needed to start the Kenai River Brown Bear Team!
Do you have any pre-game rituals? What are they? I stretch, eat lots of food, try to hug lots of small children
When did you start playing hockey and why do you keep playing? 2007, because the Town woke me up with all their banging on the glass at the Sports Center. I keep playing because of our fans!
Shoot or Pass? BOTH!!!! TEAM HOCKEY!!!!
What position do you play and why do you like that position? I’m the Team Mascot
Would you like to play another position? I wouldn’t want to do anything else!
What is your dream job? Mascot for the Kenai River Brown Bears
If you can’t have your dream job what other job are you interested in? Hibernation Specialist
Who’s winning the Stanley Cup this year? Boston BRUINS
Anything else interesting about you? I’m the only Bear on the Kenai Peninsula that stays awake for Hockey Season!
If you had to give one piece of advice to the kids in our community what would you say to them? Work hard in school, good grades are your ticket to everywhere and anything!
One last question!
What is your favorite thing to do away from the rink? Read, Fish, Eat, Walk in the woods, and Sleep!