The SHL star tells the truth – that’s why he snubbed the family’s favorite team and chose the rival: “I didn’t want to go there”

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Lucas Elvenes is back in Swedish hockey again.
But he still nobbed the given choice Rögle – for the rival team HV71 instead.
– I didn’t want to go there, I wanted something else, he says according to Hockeypuls.

The name Elvenes is legendary in Rögle circles and the family’s contribution to the hockey club goes back a long way. The first was Björn Elvenes already in the 60s and thereafter, his children and grandchildren have followed in the same footsteps.

Family law

Björn’s three sons Thord Elvenes, Roger Elvenes and Stefan Elvenes played a total of 1,254 games for Rögle BK during the 80s and 90s. Then came the new generation with Stefan’s two sons Lucas Elvenes and Louis the Eleventh in the early 2010s.

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220802 HV71 Lucas Elvenes poses for a portrait on August 2, 2022 in Jönköping. Editors note: The image is manipulated, objects have been removed and added. Photo: Pelle Börjesson / BILDBYRÅN / Cop 205

Little brother Lucas played three seasons in the SHL before he left Rögle to try his luck on the other side of the Atlantic. It was three seasons in the AHL and a total of 115 points in 159 games, but before this season the 23-year-old returned to Swedish hockey again.

SHL return

Considering the strong family ties to Rögle, most probably thought that the returnee would make a comeback in Ängelholm again. But Elvenes wanted something completely different and instead signed for recently promoted HV71.

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220818 HV71’s Lucas Elvenes during the training match in ice hockey between Malmö Redhawks and HV71 on August 18, 2022 in Malmö. Photo: Christoffer Borg Mattisson / BILDBYRÅN / COP 261 / CB0198

Now the 23-year-old opens up about the truth behind the choice to choose Jönköping as his new home after his time in North America and thus nob the family’s favorite team.
– From my side, Rögle was not an option. I didn’t want to go there, I wanted to try something else. I talked a lot with my family about it and came to the conclusion that I needed something new, says Lucas Elvenes according to Hockeypuls.

Chose HV71

The choice of HV71 instead became much more natural for the forward who is making a comeback in the SHL again, just like the club he now represents. And the ambitions are set very high for the return.
– Partly because it is close to home, but also because this can become something really good. We have put together a really good team. They have realized that they did not come here just to play, but that we can actually win SM gold. We have all the tools for that, he says in the interview.

Elvenes admits that he decided early in last year’s AHL season that he wanted to move back home to Sweden. Then the sights were set on HV71 relatively quickly and the SHL star followed the team’s path up to the top league again.
– I just wanted to go home and then came to think of HV early on. Even when they played in the playoffs last year, I sat and hoped that they would step up. It’s a legendary club and a great city. In addition, I know a lot of people from before and we have become some friends here as well, which is fun, haha. No, it wasn’t a difficult choice for me, it wasn’t, he says.

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