At that moment, in 2010, young Mikael Granlund knew he was in trouble.
The 18-year-old Helsinki IFK's super-promising central striker had set off with his friend to play tennis before the start of the Finnish Ice Hockey League season.
Made my mind look.
Granlund promised to win his friend with his left hand.
The tennis match went well: Granlund, who played on the left, led it.
The joy ended briefly as his ankle twitched. Looked bad. The foot could not bear to step on and began to swell.
Granlund called an IFK physiotherapist - and downplayed the pain. The physiotherapist ordered the team's talisman directly to the Nordenskiöldinkatu ice rink to be checked.
After the check, the physiotherapist said it would be best for Granlund to go to see IFK coach Kari “Kojo” Jalo, who was on duty in his own booth.
Granlund refused the walking sticks offered and dragged in “terrible pain” to Jalonen’s packages.
- The booth had such a red torture bench very close to itself. Whenever he got into trouble, he took it in the middle. I went in, said moi moi and sat down. There was a terrible stare from Kojo. 20 seconds, complete silence. He looked me in the eyes, and the sweat flowed. It's good that the crying didn't come at that point, Granlund recalls in the Jargoni program.
The program is hosted by hockey players Siim Liivik and Ilmari Pitkänen.
Jalosen did not have any happy greetings to Granlund, who was self-proclaimed and was to start the season in the number one chain between Juha-Pekka Haataja and Ville Peltonen.
- Kojo's voice came from quite deep: “Mikke, this is a disaster. Don't you understand that the sun should be our number one center. You go fooling around, playing tennis. You are not serious. ” The ears were then listened to in red for a short time. Nothing but home and then an attempt was made to take care of the ankle, Granlund says as Liivik and Pitkänen burst out laughing.
For Mikael Granlund, 2011 was a golden year.
Photo: Seppo Solmela / IS
Granlund was well placed for the first match. The following spring, IFK won its first Finnish championship in 13 years.
Granlund conjured up 16 power points in 15 playoffs. After the Finnish championship, Granlund went to the World Championships to air himself as a stamp and become a world champion.
He says “Kojo” Jalonen is the best coach of his career.
"No goddamn, brought is my Smart"
The championship season was Granlund’s second at IFK. From the coming season, the red shirts remember his car choice. Granlund turned 18 in February 2018 and received a compact Smart.
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Granlund used to park his vehicles closest to the players ’entrance.
Next to the door was half a checkered space that could hold a tiny car.
IFK’s older players “went hot” about how Granlund dared to leave his car in an unofficial parking lot, which was, after all, closer to the hall than the veterans ’places.
The players decided to make Granlund a good old-fashioned newcomer.
Some morning workouts began to hear whispers as players jumped on the ice.
Granlund's car had been driven into the Helsinki Ice Rink at one of the spectators' entrances. The hazard warning lights were on.
- I giggled and skated the circle. Everyone giggled and told me to look up. I looked at the “disappearance of someone’s car”. Pretty good flap. I started laughing along and came closer. No goddamn, brought is my Smart. Tom Nybondas (the club’s then sports executive) wrote someone’s paper and allegedly went to put the fine still on the windshield. It was a terrible thing to get the car out after the workouts when I had to look for the wits and think about which door the car can fit in the yard, Granlund says in Jargon.
Granlund isn’t entirely sure of the maker of the rage, but he doubts Kim Hirschovits. He continued to park in half of his parking lot in protest, but took better care of his keys in the future.
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Granlund played at IFK for a total of three seasons, after which he went to the NHL. Today, he represents the Nashville Predators.