Liv Joins Zetterberg as Rookie Nominee

By Jessica Haskin
Stefan Liv joined Henrik Zetterberg as the second player to be nominated
as rookie of the year for the Sweden Elite League. There will be four
nominations before the seasons end.

The winner will have the honor of the title and his team will receive
$5000 (US dollars) and the same to his home team, which in Liv’s case is
HC Dalen.

The jury unanimously voted on Liv as the second nominee. “Stefan Liv
has handled strong pressure during this fall. Even when his team lost
seven games in a row he played well. He has already made his debut in
the national team Tre Kronor, keeping in mind that he never before
played in any junior national team.”

The nineteen year old goalie is third in the league for his goals
against average at 2.10. His save percentage of .902 is sixth best in a
league that some consider to be the second best league in the world
after the NHL.

Liv commented on his nomination saying “Of course I am honored to be
nominated, but as far as I am concerned it´s my team HV-71 and what we
can do in the Elite League that is number one for me.”

Last season Liv began as the third string goalie for HV-71. He was
loaned to Tranas AIF in Allsvenskan where he posted exceptional numbers
in nine games. His 2.17 GAA and .920 save percentage impressed the
coaches who gave him the nod for HV-71 in the Swedish Elite League.

By the end of the year Liv had taken over the starting position playing
27 games. He posted a 2.09 GAA and .919 save percentage in that time.

Former Philadelphia Flyer, Mikael Renberg commented on Liv after Lulea
beat HV-71 in overtime.

“Yeah, I scored a goal tonight, but I should have put more pucks in the
net. But Stefan Liv is a very good goalie. It seems to me that he is
as good talent as everybody says.”

The Red Wings traded their third round pick of 2001 to move up in the
fourth round and pick Liv 102nd overall.

The scouting reports had over looked Liv but the Red Wings might have
found a gem.