Norwegian national Mats Rosseli Olsen had an incredibly busy April. The Frolunda winger helped the Indians win the SHL championship, then took in a celebratory soccer match in Gothenburg. That’s when things got weird.
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A soccer match in Gothenburg, Sweden was interrupted the other day when a fan-thrown firecracker temporarily deafened a rival Malmo player and a nearby referee. Enraged, the Malmo player tore the corner flag out of the ground and hurled it at the crowd. Play was suspended as the officials debated whether or not the game should go on and as they did, a fan from the stands jumped onto the field.
The man proceeded to grab a ball and kick it downfield into the empty net, where he was then detained by security.
That man was Frolunda Indians left winger Mats Rosseli Olsen.
Members of the Indians were at the game to celebrate their recent SHL playoff title, which they won in five games over Skelleftea. Olsen, a Norwegian national, had eight points in 16 post-season games, making him a top-20 scorer in the tournament. In fact, he was wearing a Frolunda championship T-shirt when he was grabbed by security:
Olsen was far from ashamed of his actions, taking to Twitter after to proclaim his love for IFK Gothenburg and noting that it was his dream to score on the pitch. According to Swedish news outlet Expressen, Olsen’s teammates were cheering “Rosse, Rosse, Rosse!” after his capture, while there is also evidence that the pitch invasion and goal was part of a bet.
As per Swedish hockey expert Uffe Bodin of Hockey Sverige, Olsen has garnered NHL interest lately, with the Colorado Avalanche named as potential suitors. It would be kind of fitting if the guy that loves to score on empty nets went to work for Patrick Roy, a coach known for pulling his goalie early.
(Shout out to Peter Sibner for the tip)