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In the feature interview, presented by Sense Arena, Nilsson talks about the slow recovery from a concussion and neck injuries that have kept him off the ice since December 2019, and ultimately forced him to call it a career after seven NHL seasons — and a one-year interlude in the KHL — with the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators. Nilsson shares several great stories and lessons from his path to — and through — professional hockey, including learning reverse-VH while playing for Lulea in Sweden (which won’t be a surprise to anyone who has read our story about the invention of the technique over there) only to be told by the Islanders goalie coaches in 2011 that it would never work in the NHL. Yikes.
Nilsson was also candid about his career getting kickstarted by access to better coaching and development resources in the KHL in 2014-15 than he’d been getting in the NHL up to that point. Add in a frank discussion on dark versus white equipment and his sick Brian’s Beast gear at the end of his career, and this is a can’t miss interview.
Speaking of great graphics, we also take a trip to The Hockey Shop to check out some sweet throwback looks now available on Vaughn’s V9 line without having to make a custom order.