During the 2010-11 season, defenseman Jonas Holos suited up for 39 games with the Colorado Avalanche and looked like one of their many up-and-coming young defenseman. Still under contract with the Avalanche, Jonas found himself spending this past season with the Vaxjo Lakers of the SEL, with whom he was able to avoid the relegation round in Vaxjo’s first year in the league after gaining promotion the season before.
At the moment, Team Norway is far and away the biggest surprise for the second year running at the World Championship. The team is on course to finish third of eight in the group in Stockholm and Jonas has chipped in six points in six games while logging an average of just under 28 minutes of ice time per game.
After a big OT loss against the Czechs, Hockey’s Future was able to get in a word with him.
Hockey’s Future: You’ve faced the three biggest teams in your group here in Stockholm right off the bat. Is that an advantage for Team Norway?
Jonas Holos: Yes, I think so, because we only had one day of rest and then an important game which we played real well, had some real good coverage and then we got a point against the Czechs. Now we can shoot for the three pointers over the last four games.
HF: Are you personally happy with the play of your team thus far after close losses to Sweden and Russia and the OT loss to the Czechs tonight?
JH: Yes, of course. We’ve battled the big three teams and we were very close to getting a point against the Russians and now we did just that against the Czechs. We made Sweden work hard and today, we played a really good game. It went into OT and I’m confident the next game will see us get three points.
HF: How did you feel tonight when you scored that one-time blast to make it 3-3 late in the third tonight?
JH: That’s hard to say. It’s always nice to score a goal like that. At least in this case it was the goal that tied the game and seen as such, it’s really nice to have scored that.
HF: You’ve got a goal and three assists in three games. You took the most shots of anyone today. You’re one of the players receiving the most ice time. Is this the role you always wanted to have on Team Norway?
JH: I absolutely do want to have this role. It’s so much fun to play when the coach has so much confidence in you. Yep, you really feel you’re succeeding in what you’re doing.
HF: Were you happy with your season in Vaxjo this past winter?
JH: No, I wasn’t happy with my season there. I thought it was tough in the beginning there. I didn’t get into a groove and didn’t find my role in the team right away. It was a tough season. I struggled in the beginning and we were at the bottom for a while. We were first able to avoid the relegation round in the last four or five games there. I definitely have to play better next year.
HF: Will you be remaining in Vaxjo?
JH: Yep, I’ve got one more year on my contract there.
HF: Will the NHL and North America ever be a topic for you again?
JH: Of course it will be a topic. Colorado still has my rights there and it’s up to them. If they want me back, they can certainly tell me and we will see.