Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Currently playing for Modo in the Swedish Elitserien, Per-Åge Skrøder was born on this date in 1978.
Skrøder has been a regular member of the Norwegian National Team since first playing in the European Junior Championships in 1995. He has also competed for Norway in the World Junior Championships in the B pool in 1997 followed by eight appearances in the World Championships in 1999 and 2000 in the A Pool, 2002, 2003 and 2004 in the lower Division 1 and in 2006, 2008 and 2009 back in the Top Division as well as the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2009 as Norway successfully won their group and earned the right to compete in the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.
His record in the World Championships currently stands at 41 games played, 18 goals and 7 assists for 25 points.
As a professional, Skrøder has played four seasons in Norway's Eliteserien, one for his hometown club the Sparta Warriors of Sarpsborg, Lillehammer IHK for two seasons followed by a return to Sarpsborg for another.
He then moved over to the Swedish Elitserien beginning in 1998 with the Frölunda Indians where he played for two seasons. He then joined Linköpings HC for the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons before moving to HV71 the following season when he was named the 2002 Norwegian Player of the Year.
He won his first championship with HV71 in 2004 and played there until 2004-05, including competing in the European Champions Cup. The next season would see him on the move once more to Södertälje SK for the 2005-06 season and then onto MoDo in 2006-07 where he would help MoDo capture his second Swedish Elitserien championship with 10 points in 20 playoff games and another appearance in the European Champions Cup. 2008-09 with MoDo was Skrøder's finest as a professional, when he scored 30 goals for the second time in his career to lead the league, along with 29 assists for 59 points in just 55 games to win the Elitserien scoring title, the first Norwegian to do so, and was named the Norwegian Player of the Year for the second time in his career.
Today's featured jersey is a 1999 Norway National Team Per-Åge Skrøder jersey. Aside from the desire to a Norway jersey to my collection, I especially wanted this one because of the "Ø" in the name which gives it a much more "European" look. When the jersey arrived I was surprised to see that it was simply a standard "O" with an "I" glued over the top of it!
The Vår sponsorship logos are a heavy rather rubbery silkscreening. In addition, the Nike logos are also printed on the jersey as well, while the numbers are all sewn on. Also worth noting is the fairly large Norway Ice Hockey Federation crest on the front, which is blue screened onto white twill which was then sewn onto the jersey.
A very striking and colorful jersey with some excellent details that make it unique and definitely one of my favorites in my collection, especially when combined with the ongoing accomplishments of the player who wore it.
Here is an interview with Per-Åge from Modo TV. I assume he's speaking Swedish and not Norwegian, but either way, you are on your own as far as a translation goes...
Here is a highlight video of action from the MoDo club where Skrøder wears jersey #10.
And finally, Skrøder scoring for MoDo against Faräjestad, much to the delight of the home fans in Örnsköldsvik.