Tina Enstrom

Growing up in a Swedish Hockey Family

by Heather McIntyre | February 2010

Tina Enstrom was destined to strap on the skates. She grew up 200 meters from a hockey rink. “ And we played on the street every day with our friends when the rink was not open,” says Engstrom, “Playing ice hockey was the only thing every child did when we were little.”

Growing up, hockey was the main course at the family dinner table. Enstrom’s oldest brother, Tobias, plays in the National Hockey League with the Atlanta Thrashers. Her other brothers, Tommy and Thomas, play elite Swedish hockey for Rogle, BK and Bjorkloven respectively. Enstrom’s father played hockey and later coached. “Every summer we all went to a hockey school which was great for us,” says Enstrom, “And our dad was also a trainer there.”

Enstrom credits her mother too, “Mum always made sure we had food on the table before practice. And to be honest I don’t think she missed many games and practices when we were little. Both Mum and Dad were always there when we needed them.”
All four of the Enstrom children have represented the MODO hockey organization at some point in their successful hockey careers.

Enstrom, who will turn 19 on Feb. 23, 2010 is described by her coach, Peter Elander, as a strong, two-way centre. She won bronze medals at both the 2007 world championships and the Under-18 World Championships in 2009 for Team Sweden. In the 2008 World Women’s Championship, Enstrom led Team Sweden in points and assists.

She currently plays for the MODO hockey organization in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden where she also goes to school. She will take four years to complete the three years of school because of her time with the national team this year, though.” I don’t want to do a lot of school work,” she said. “I just want to concentrate for the very important games and this big tournament.”

That big tournament is the 2010 Winter Games; a first for Enstrom. But she feels confident, “My expectation for the Olympics is that we are going to take a medal. We have worked really hard for this. And I’m sure that everyone is ready to do what it takes to take a medal home to Sweden.”