Assistant Captain, Frida Nevalainen has been playing club hockey in Russia since 2010.She is one of Sweden's power two way forwards. Here is her interview with WINIH via email in March 2012.
EE: How many brothers and sisters?
FN: One big brother, Joakim and one twin brother, Patrik
EE: Where is your twin brother now?
FN: My twin brother plays in the league called Allsvenskan (second league of Sweden), for a team called Almtuna in Uppsala, Sweden.
EE: How long have you played on the Swedish national team?
FN: Since summer 2002, after the salt lake olympic.
EE: Awards and highlights on national team?
FN: All the games I played, special every time and the medals from worlds- in Halifax bronze and Lindköping bronze and our silver medal in Turin Olympics.
EE: How did you get involved in hockey?
FN: My big brother and twin brother where the biggest reason I started playing and I fell in love straight away.
EE: What do you love about playing the game?
FN: The passion, the team spirit, the sport. I love everything about it.
EE: Growing up…difficulties… challenges to play hockey in your country as a girl?
FN: I grew up in a town where no one else played hockey besides me as a girl. I had my twin brother around me all the time; we played on the same team. My time as young player, and the only girl was never any problem. I have a lot of brothers. We were a group of kids that went to school and played on same team until I was 16 -17 years old, I had the best time as a young girl playing hockey. I was accepted.
EE: What do your parents/friends think of how the women’s game has progressed?
They are hoping it will grow even more. And they are proud and know how much time and hard work it requires. They understand that there are a lot of girls who love the sport. They are big supporters.
EE: Who is your favourite female player?
FN: Elin Holmlöv (on Team Sweden) she gives me great smiles when she does the unexpected on the ice.
EE: Why are you playing in another country?
FN: I'm playing my second season here in Russia. I was the first Swede that came over here. I wanted the experience of playing in another country. Russia gives me that as a hockey player and as a person.
I got invited to play for the Russian team, Skif. I’m learning to speak Russian, but it is very hard.
EE: What is a typical day?
FN: I'm a hockey player fulltime in Russia. I practise 2 times a day plus cooking food & reading books; I skype with family and my Swedish boyfriend. I am living my dream.
EE: What would be your dream for wms hockey in general?
FN: To get more respect as an athlete and financial support.
EE: What else would you like to say about women’s hockey in your country?
FN: It is full of talented players and young player that are learning fast.