Brahmas forward Larsson makes NCAA DI commitment
October 16, 2014
Lone Star Brahmas forward Ludvig Larsson has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Merrimack.
By Nick Marek
The Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL are pleased to announce that forward Ludvig Larsson will be playing NCAA DI hockey for the Merrimack College Warriors next season.
“It was my goal this season (to commit to a Division I school) and I feel so relieved. Merrimack seems like a very good school and the coaches seem very loyal. And my brother plays at Merrimack so that will be fun to play with him,” Larsson said.
Larsson has only played two games with the Brahmas so far this season, but he made the most of them. The Malmo, Sweden native scored a goal and tallied an assist, while helping his team kill 11 of 12 penalties.
For the first time in Larsson’s hockey career, he will have a chance to play on the same team with his brother Alfred in 2015.
“I’ve actually never played with (my brother). We played for the same team, but not in the same age,” Larsson said. “I talked to my brother last night and he was really excited. I’ll play with him three years. Just to hang out with him for three years more in college will be so much fun.”
Ludvig and Alfred grew up playing hockey year round. Whether it was at the rink, or outside their house on the street, the two were determined to push each other to achieve their dream of one day playing professional hockey.
Like his brother, Ludvig Larsson played three years with the Malmo Redhawks organization. While playing in the Elit and SuperElit leagues, he scored 20 goals, 36 assists, and a plus 20 rating in 93 games.
The 5-foot-11 center mention he’s excited to play in the east coast because the Boston area, especially, reminds him a lot of his home town.
“I visited Merrimack before I came to Texas and I visited Boston, too. I really like the city. It’s almost like a European city,” Larsson explained. “There’s more personality in the city. There’s a lot of concrete here in Dallas, but there are a lot of parks and trees and old houses (in Boston). And that’s pretty similar to European towns.”
The Larsson brothers will both be Warriors next season, but Ludvig understands how important it is to have a strong season with the Brahmas.
“(Playing with the Brahmas) will be good for me this year. The tempo is high during practice. I really like the coaches. (Dan Wildfong and Jeff Potter) are bringing the best out of me every practice and every game,” Larsson said.
Larsson is hoping to help bring the Robertson Cup to North Richland Hills before he leaves for North Andover, Massachusetts to play for ten-year head coach Mark Dennehy.