When defender Robin Salo moved from SaiPa to Örebro in SHL, Sweden last February, the world was still very different.
The Finnish pack got to experience the Swedish supporter culture, which has shone with its absence this autumn.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic in Sweden, there has been a maximum limit of 50 viewers, which will be relaxed to 300 in November.
- The beginning of the season has been a little different.
It is known it has been to start without an audience, but the big change it has been.
There is a pretty good puddle culture here and a good noise and feeling in the halls.
It notices (under normal circumstances) by the time of the ice, whether it is a home or away game, Salo tells IS.
- It's really quiet now, and at first it felt like we were playing games, even though the season had already begun.
It felt so different.
Now you have to mentally prepare a little more for the games when that noise isn’t arousing.
He has to pump himself somehow every time.
Under normal circumstances, there is no need to charge itself in the same way when the audience wakes up the player almost automatically.
- I noticed the difference to Finland in that there is a loud noise here, in some places even louder than in others.
In some places in Finland there is nowhere near the same feeling.
Robin Salo in Örebro's shirt on October 8 in a away game against Malmö Redhawks. Photo: Anders Bjurö / TT / Lehtikuva
Strict spectator restrictions have spoken out in Sweden.
Örebro star striker Mathias Bromé recently roared in the Expressen.
He wondered how no more than 50 spectators should be allowed in the showroom, but the stores consistently have more than 50 customers inside and videos of drunken partyers in nightclubs are spreading in Some.
- There's been some talk about them in the booth.
After all, it’s a little exciting that there may be more gangs in some places in this country, but matches can’t be held.
However, the halls are big, so you could handle it even with the distances.
But it’s not our decision, although of course we want an audience for the games, Salo spins.
Salo moved to Örebro on his last Valentine’s Day after making his debut for the A national team before that.
The performance in Leijon as a pack pair of the second debutant Oskari Manninen was strong.
22-year-old Salo has also been successful in Örebro.
In the spring season he scored 1 + 5 = 6 points in 12 matches, now the balance is 1 + 3 = 4 points in nine matches.
Above all, it says a lot that Salo's average playing time of 23.38 is third in the whole league.
The load is big, but of course it will probably decrease when Kristian Näkyvä, who is recovering from cancer, returns to the trough.
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Salo, who was raised by Vaasa Sport, is bilingual.
In addition to Visible, Joonas Rask, Robert Leino and Rasmus Rissanen also play in the team.
- I've really enjoyed working gang and was easy to get to, as part of the Finnish, Swedish and English.
Especially when I came in the middle of the season, it certainly made it easier to enter the team.
Robert Leino is one of the Finns of Örebro.
Here Leino and Salo celebrate the goal. Photo: Anders Bjurö / TT / Lehtikuva
- When I came here, I got a good role and played a lot.
Let's try to continue where I left off.
Visible and (Nick) Ebert have been out of the early season, which has certainly affected my playing time as well.
Salo is the New York Islanders 2nd round booking for summer 2017. Isles ’rights to the Finn will expire after this season, so it’s likely that if Salo continues at this level, he will make an NHL deal after the season.
- I try to play with my own strengths and at the same time develop certain parts of my playing.
This is a tough series where every player feels like a good skater.
There’s a louder skating pace and a slightly smoother set here, there are no easy evenings.
It was a good decision for me to come here.
The level is hard and allows the seam to develop, Salo sums up.