Former Portage Terrier forward Nolan Ross is in his second season in Sweden. Fort Francis, Ontario born forward says that the biggest adjustment has been the language barrier but notes that the lifestyle over there is very similar to that in Canada. Ross says this was never something he imagined for himself.
“I definitely had not imagined playing abroad,” says Ross. “It was not until my college year where I decided I wanted to continue playing that I made that decision. I felt it would be a great experience to play abroad.”
He notes that the transition was made even easier by having a friend out with him.
In just four games in the league’s third division last year, Ross totaled three points per game which helped him advance to the second division for this season. He describes his goals for year number two in Sweden.
“My main goal for our team is to have a strong regular season and go deep in the playoffs, so we have a chance to go up to the HockeyEttan Division,” Ross explains. “It’s personally one of my goals to produce offensively while being a full 200 footer. I also want to make the most of my experience learning, enjoying my time here and traveling.”
Ross spent two seasons in Portage with the Terrier and in his 71 games played he set up 13 goals and added 10 assists for 23 total points. He says head coach Blake Spiller really taught him how hard you need to work to be successful.
“When I look back on my time with Portage, the only thing that stands out is work ethic, especially from Coach Spiller,” Ross explains. “He drove us to be our best and no matter who we played we would manage that team. It’s something I’ve had with me even today.”
The forward has a goal so far this year and looks to put his best skate forward the rest of the season in Sweden.