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Early Life

Sigard was born in Reykjavík to two lower-middle class family. His father was a mail carrier, and his mother was a secretary. They managed enough money to keep the family happy. His love for hockey began earlier then some hockey players who are Icelandic. To give you a background check his father was from Czechoslovakia now called the Czech Republic. They are more known for hockey then Iceland. His mother was from Iceland similar to their son. At first Sigard didn’t focus on hockey because his mom advised him not to since it’s a tough sport to play and sometimes it can be even harder to learn. So he took up soccer and he was good onto a certain point, but he didn’t love it. It was until he was 7 where he played hockey.

 

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    When he was 7 Sigard's father (Damek) took him to a rink one night to teach him the basics of hockey how to skate and handle a puck. They started going for a few months at this point and he became almost a natural. The only thing missing from beginning his hockey career is that he needed a helmet to play. Eventually it had gotten cold enough to play outside. So when the lake froze over him and his dad played a game. You can imagine how bad of a lost it was for the kid. 13 - 1 and that is ok due to the fact that adults usually dominate over small children in sports. Well after all that Sigard failed he got up and challenged him again this time more determined , and he lost that match 9 - 3. He got better ,but he still couldn’t win. He went eight more time and gave it a rest. 

 

It wouldn't be until six more years till Sigard won his first organized hockey game, but until then he kept practicing nearly every day, and he eventually got a helmet. He felt more ready then ever. He even got lessons on skating that his parents saved up on. He still waited , and he didn’t wait patiently he was frustrated on how long it took. He was fueled by simply one phrase 'the love of the game.'

Teenage Years

Sigard's wait had ended when he learned he was going to be able to play in a under-16 league. He had been bouncing up and down out of joy. He kept replaying the words in his ears. He couldn’t believe it. It was a dream come true. Everytime he practiced he thought of Gretzky's and Jagr's wait to the NHL. He felt like Gretzky and Jagr for a moment. He was still very happy. Then he wondered if this is what he was going to do with his life and he said to himself 'You better believe cause one day they’re gonna be chanting Gunnar after I score goals!' He just had to wait for his day and his game to start and then he could prove himself!

 

  The day had come he was ready before he got to the arena he even attempted putting his skates on beforehand. When he practiced you could tell that he was ready. They first played him at defensemen and he hated it. He hated staying back so he decided to go against his advice and pushed up to goal and sure enough he scored his team's first goal in the first period. He tied the game. He even did a mini-chant in his head. "GUNNAR, GUNNAR, GUNNAR, GUNNAR!" - he made an exciting whisper to himself. He couldn’t believe he had score a goal you could see how happy he was. 

 

He dominated as a young teenager. He constantly put up crazy good numbers constantly having 90+ points in 82 games. The way he played defensemen was similar to Gretzky's oilers 4 forwards 1 defensemen. Electric and shooting around the net. He felt the thrill for goals and the love of defense, but he knew he couldn’t always keep this weird play-style of his. He knew coaches and GMs would be frustrated at his play style and that he needed to be ready to make a switch to the blue line. 

 

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  After two seasons he switched to left wing. He kept his defensive instincts with him and looked like a great defensive winger. He had strong 90+ point season and in his last season he was the alternate captain. They had strong seasons and placed 3rd in the youth hockey tournament this was the same team that Björn Scoringson captained in about the next year or two. 

 

Professional  Career

Sigard made a move to Sweden to play professionally getting payed 3 years for 1.8 million dollars which he gave all to his parents. He thanked them heavily for everything they had done. Next he would play his first game in which he had a hat trick. He knew he didn’t want to play in the SHL for long. It was either the other SHL (simulation hockey league), NHL, GOMHL (get on my hockey league), or VHL. He had time to make his decision ,so time he used. 

 

  Sigard had a successful first season playing 60 games finishing with 25 goals and 48 assissts totaling in 73 points a record for 16 year olds in the SHL. The next season he became captain a young one at that also. Frölunda HC had declared him to be the playoff mvp before the season started due to his overall talent and skill. He also lived up to the expectations barely closing a series out 4-3. He finished the season playing 80 games (the max) tallying 36 goals and 54 assists finishing with 90 points. 

 

The next season he re-signed with the team for another year so he could stay until he was 19. His season as captain was not highly expected to win the cup due to hockey's parity with winning. He fell short in the finals getting reverse swept 4-3. He had an outstanding 78 game season with 38 goals and 58 assists. Tallying up to 96 points. He also won mvp of the season. 

 

His next season was short and he fell due to injuries and didn’t come until the 2nd round of the playoffs. In total he scored 8 goals and he had 29 assists in 30 games played. His team won the cup however and he managed to hold the playoff mvp trophy for the 2nd time. 

 

The VHLM

Sigard happened to retire for now from the SHL scene and recently declared for the VHLM draft. He's waiting for the day and has already flown to Mississauga since he predicts the draft will be held there. (Unless some new expansion VHLM teams are coming.)

 

 

 

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Review: ''To give you a background check '' is this a pun hahaha if not it totally should be!

Does Sigard have any increase stats when playing without a helmet haha?

Good story telling for ealry childhood and gives us a good picture of a young player who is used to facing adversity.  I also like the plug-in of his idols. 

Great addition to talk about his decision in which league to play. Good addition of the stats later in the Bio!

I would've loved an extra pic at the end that shows a more confident pro. All in a all great post!

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Datools said:

''To give you a background check '' is this a pun hahaha if not it totally should be!

Does Sigard have any increase stats when playing without a helmet haha?

Good story telling for ealry childhood and gives us a good picture of a young player who is used to facing adversity.  I also like the plug-in of his idols. 

Great addition to talk about his decision in which league to play. Good addition of the stats later in the Bio!

I would've loved an extra pic at the end that shows a more confident pro. All in a all great post!

 

 

100% it’s all in the Jofa Bucket!

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Review: Cool to see a Frölunda reference in there and glad to hear that the helmet eventually made its way on his head when he started comparing himself to his heroes. The addition of the many stats presented gives a great picture of the growth of his “love of the game”. Well written and I hope to hear more about him. Would also love to see another picture of him finishing his time in the SHL or prepping for the VHLM!

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3 hours ago, Kekzkrieg said:

Review: Cool to see a Frölunda reference in there and glad to hear that the helmet eventually made its way on his head when he started comparing himself to his heroes. The addition of the many stats presented gives a great picture of the growth of his “love of the game”. Well written and I hope to hear more about him. Would also love to see another picture of him finishing his time in the SHL or prepping for the VHLM!

That helmet though.

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