Defenseman Jesse Forsberg was just acquired from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for center Colin Jacobs. Last season with the Cougars Forsberg played in 58 games and had 6 goals and 7 assist for 13 points. Jesse took a few minutes to sit down with the Thunderbirds and answer a few questions.
Seattle Thunderbirds: You were just traded to Seattle from Prince George. What were your first thoughts after learning you were now a Thunderbird?
Jesse Forsberg: My first thought after hearing that I was a Thunderbird was complete excitement. I was absolutely thrilled to be coming to Seattle and help the Thunderbirds this season.
ST: Have you ever been to Seattle before besides for games and if so how was your experience?
JF: The only time I have ever been to Seattle was for games or driving through on the bus and it was always so exciting coming into Seattle, a very beautiful city and completely different than the small farming town I am from.
ST: Last year the T-Birds and Cougars played 4 times. What do you remember from those games?
JF: I remember it being a very tough place to play, every time I touched the puck I had to be ready to take a hit. I remember how awesome the Thunderbird fans were and I remember tapping in my third goal of the year on a back door pass from my brother.
ST: Do you look forward to playing your former team the Cougars in the upcoming season?
JF: I am really excited to play against for former team. It will definitely be weird but going back and playing against all my old teammates and in my old rink will definitely be exciting.
ST: Your younger brother Alex is on Prince George. What was it like playing with your brother all last season? Had you two ever been on the same team before?
JF: Playing with my brother was amazing. We are very close and to be able to play together at such a high level was surreal. We played together growing up but not since atom hockey, although we played on the outdoor rink together every day.
ST: What do you think it will be like playing against your brother this coming season? Who will your parents root for?
JF: Playing against my brothers will definitely be weird but when the puck drops anyone wearing a different color jersey is not a friend, brother or not.
ST: For T-Birds fans that have not seen you play, can you describe your style of play?
JF: I am a very gritty, physical two-way defenseman. I play with a lot of passion and love open ice hits. I am a mobile skater with a good first pass and I am not afraid to drop the gloves. I hate to lose.
ST: You were the Cougars captain last season? Have you talked to Coach Konowalchuk about what type of leadership role you might have with the T-Birds?
JF: I have briefly talked to Coach Konowalchuck as it had been a hectic past few days. I definitely plan on talking to him more.
ST: What kind of training are you undertaking in the off-season to prepare for the coming season?
JF: I train at Next Level Training Center in Saskatoon. It is the best place around. We do weight training, a lot of speed and mobility training, on ice training and even some fight training.
ST: Are they any certain areas of your game you are working on?
JF: I am really working on the offensive side of my game, trying to get regain some of the skill I used to play with.
ST: What are some of your goals for the coming season?
JF: My goals for this season are to be a great leader and teammate, and the biggest goal is to do everything I can to help our team be great.
ST: Now for something a bit different. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the following five things?
Team Canada Women’s Soccer – JF: What’s soccer?
Tractor – JF: Saskatchewan
Alex – JF: Brother
Fishing – JF: Paradise
Drama – JF: A class I never took.
ST: Thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing you at training camp?
JF: Thanks a lot I can’t wait to arrive in Seattle!
Seattle Thunderbirds Public & Media Relations Intern Matt Freeman conducted the Q&A with Jesse Forsberg. The team will be posting Q&A’s during the off-season with T-Birds players.