Former NHLer Ed Belfour gave up a goal on his first shot, but got his game together in a hurry and picked up a win in his first start in the Swedish First Division Wednesday night.
The 41-year-old Belfour stopped 16 of 17 shots for Leksand to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over Sundsvall in front of a home crowd of 6,795.
Although he allowed a goal that put his team down 1-0 after just 70 seconds, Belfour managed to gather himself and stop all 16 of the following shots.
“In your first game you’re always nervous, but it shows the passion is still there,” Belfour told Swedish reporters after the game. “I liked the atmosphere and the way the fans welcomed me. I had a pretty calm night, but I had to make some good saves and I’ll try to build on that. I’m going to reach my peak at the end of the season. I’m getting better all the time.”
Belfour was also apparently buoyed by the fact that he went out moose hunting Tuesday with one of the members of Leksand’s board of directors and the two of them bagged a moose.
Leksand leads Sweden’s second division and hopes to be promoted to the top league for the 2008-2009 season.
Belfour signed with Leksand after failing to catch on with an NHL club. He played for Florida last season.