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LATEST | Willander says he's been a Canucks fan his whole life, reveals why

Published July 8, 2023 at 12:35
BY COOPER GODIN
     
It's been just over a week since the Vancouver Canucks selected Swedish defenceman Tom Willander with the 11th overall pick and the hype is growing surround the blueliner.

After taking to the stage in Nashville and putting on the Canucks jersey for the first time, Willander told reporters that Vancouver was the first team he cheered for growing up and went on to explain that his reason is because of the Sedin twins.

"Vancouver was actually my first ever team that I started cheering for. Mainly because of the Sedins, being probably the most dominant pair of players ever. But I also thought the logo was cool. So I got a bit nostalgic up on stage." Willander said.

The 18-year-old joins plenty of Swedish players and prospects in the Canucks organization, as well as general manager Patrik Allvin. Swedish players thrive in Vancouver and that's been proved with the Sedin twins, Alex Edler, as well as Elias Pettersson, among others.


Canucks fans will have the opportunity to watch Willander plenty next season as he's coming over to North America to play for Boston University in the NCAA.


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