Monday, August 4, 2014

1999 Norway National Team Per-Åge Skrøder Jersey

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 12 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. He has since appeared in the World Championships in in 2001, 2012, 2013 and 2014. His record in the World Championships currently stands at 60 games played, 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points.

He made his Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010, which was unfortunately cut short due to a knee injury in the first game but returned to represent Norway again in Sochi in 2014 where he scored two goals in four games.

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.

His 2009-10 season was cut short by his Olympic injury, but not before he scored 33 points in 48 games. He rebounded with 41 points in 2010-11 and topped 20 goals in the top Swedish league for the fourth time with 22 in 2011-12 on his way to 51 points in 53 games, the most points by a non-Swede that season. He has since played two more seasons for MoDo and his career playoff statistics in the Elitserien are 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 105 games.

Today's featured jersey is a 1999 Norway National Team Per-Åge Skrøder jersey. Aside from the desire to a Norway jersey to our collection, we especially wanted this one because of the "Ø" in the name which gives it a much more "European" look. When the jersey arrived we was surprised to see that the "Ø" was simply a standard "O" with an "I" glued diagonally 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 the favorites in our collection, especially when combined with the ongoing accomplishments of the player who wore it.


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1999 Norway jersey photo Norway1999B.jpg

Here is an interview with Per-Åge from Modo TV. We're not sure if he's speaking Swedish or 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.

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