Meeting and interview with Sven AndrighettoEurolanche members visited Switzerland.
How would you sum up the past season from your point of view?
Very good, we made the playoffs. We surprised a lot of people, but we knew that we could make it.
And how are you satisfied with your season personally?
Also very good, but I was injured for a long time, so that was new for me and it was, as I’ve said, a very long time – I missed 32 games.
Was it hard to get into the lineup after such a long time?
It was hard, because I was out for two and a half months and if you don’t play for that long, it takes you a while to get back into the rhythm. But it was fine again after I had played a couple of games.
The entire team made a remarkable turnaround, especially after the Duchene trade and the two games against the Senators in Sweden. Is there a rational explanation why the team suddenly changed afterwards?
Not really, but the Sweden trip was really good for us, because it was kind of like a bonding trip. Even though we lost both games, it was the best trip that could’ve happened at this point to our organization, because it got us all closer together. From there on, we grew as a team, everyone cared about each other, everyone fought for each other and that’s how it started.
How do you remember last season’s fight against Oliver Ekman-Larsson, one of your most memorable moments of the season? We were at the Pepsi Center for that game and the fans loved it.
I do remember it, but it’s not my favorite moment. Definitely not. (laughs)
At the very least, it was funny for the fans.
Yeah, it was funny afterwards, but it’s just something that happens. My favorite moment was definitely when I scored in Nashville in Game 5 with one minute left in regulation. I don’t know if you watched it…
Yes, we had a viewing party in Brno (Czech Republic).
That was definitely my favorite moment from last season.
We watched it while the entire city was already sound asleep and we went crazy when you scored the goal.
(laughs) That’s great.
What were your feelings after you scored the goal?
I was really happy for the entire team, because we were able to force a sixth game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t win another one at home, but it was definitely a great feeling to be able to help the team with a goal like that. It was probably the biggest goal of my career so far.
Do you think that the team can improve next season?
Yes, of course.
Maybe even make it to the next round?
Well, we don’t want to look that far ahead, but our goal is to make the playoffs again. We want to get better every year. We’re still a really young team, but all of us, we have a lot more experience compared to last season, so that’s definitely going to help us.
What would you like to improve as a team?
You want to improve everywhere, in every aspect. You’re never good enough at anything and you want to get better in everything.
How do you look back at your experience playing at this year’s World Championship?
It was good, this was my second time [playing at the World Championship]. It stings that we lost in the finals in a shootout, but it was a good experience and great for Switzerland to finish second. It may not happen every year, but it was a great experience.
What are your personal goals for next season?
Well, I like to keep them to myself, I don’t like to make them public.
Would you like to get a new contract and stay in Colorado?
Yes, of course. At the end of the day, that’s the big goal, but I don’t want to focus on that. You have to do a lot of things right to get to that point, but of course I’d love to stay in Colorado. We’ll see what happens.
How do you spend your offseason here in Switzerland? What do you do?
I work out, Monday until Friday, nine times a week, twice each day, except for Wednesday, when I only have one workout.
Michal Hezely contributed to this story.
David Puchovsky, Slovakia, email@example.com
21/07/2018 - 14:00