Whenever number 13 skates onto the ice at the World Arena any given Friday or Saturday night home game, the crowd goes wild. As a fan favorite, Gustav Oloffson has made big waves in the Colorado College hockey community this season. A freshman defensemen, Gustav has wowed not only the Colorado Springs community, but has impressed the entire world.
In fact, after winning a Silver Medal at the World Junior Championship playing for Team Sweden over this past break, Gustav’s name has gained even more notice. “It was a huge honor just to be a part of that tournament, in my home country as the host nation, and representing Colorado College,” Oloffson said.
After beginning to play hockey with his first team in Austria at age six, the Oloffson family moved to San Jose, California, where he played until the age of ten with the Santa Clara Blackhawks. Next, Gustav moved on to play for Björklöven, in Sweden, where his family spent the next four years.
His family then moved back to the United States, in fact, to Colorado. He played three years for the Colorado Thunderbirds, one year in Green Bay for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL, and then finally back to Colorado to play for the Tigers.
When asked about his favorite moments as a tiger, Gustav said, “Opening weekend for me was one of my favorite moments as a CC tiger so far this year. I remember clearly the atmosphere and the energy of the arena. The second I stepped out to play in front of that crowd, I knew it would be an unforgettable experience.
“Another favorite moment of mine from this season was the DU weekend,” Gustav explains. “There was a similar crowd, but you could feel the intensity and passion the rivalry between the two teams brought out on the ice. Those games were a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to play them again in February.”
Just because Gustav’s year has been met with many successes doesn’t mean that he is ready to slow down. “I want to contribute and be a reliable player on the ice. Off the ice, I want to spread positivity and bring energy to the team. Hopefully I’ll be able to help add to the success of the Tigers for the rest of the season and throughout the year,” commented Gustav.
As a self-proclaimed competitively natured player, Gustav has the drive and motivation to help bring the Tigers to victory not only this weekend, but in the many games ahead.