Malmö FBC’s Ellen Rasmussen and IBF Falun’s Emil Johansson have been elected the Floorball Players of the Year in Sweden.
The 24-year-old Ellen Rasmussen has impressed last season match after match. She has been a leader in her Malmö team and was a big part of the team finishing in a historically strong fifth place in the Swedish Super League SSL. Rasmussen broke her personal points record and finished in third place in the points league. In 25 matches, she collected 66 (24 + 42) points.
– I have kept a steady level throughout the season. It is not so many matches that I am dissatisfied with and I have had a high low level and performed at the top in quite many matches, she says in Swedish Floorball Federation’s press release.
Rasmussen has always had a dream of becoming one of the world’s best floorball players. Now that she has been named player of the year in Sweden, she knows that both talent and hard work are behind the title.
Ellen Rasmussen facts
Club: Malmö FBC
SSL points 2019/20: 66 (24 + 42)
Reasons behind the election:
Ellen is a cultural carrier and team captain, who has taken another step in her development this year. She is a leading player in Malmö with pondus and authority in match after match. A complete player and a natural winner who loves duels, to score and assist, as well as to work hard throughout the field and cover shots. Ellen is an invaluable player in her club team Malmö and in the national team.
Other nominees on the women’s side this year were:
Anna Wijk, Kais Mora IF
Emelie Wibron, Iksu
Johanna Hultgren, Kais Mora IF
Moa Gustafsson, Kais Mora IF
27-year-old Emil Johansson is named Player of the Year in Sweden for the second season in a row. With the drive to always develop, he has continued to deliver impressive floorball. His unique and offensive style of play led him to scoring 65 points during the season in the Swedish Superleague. He also created, along with Alexander Galante Carlström, the most dangerous pair of the season, Johansson assisting 24 of Galante Carlström’s goals.
– I had a good season last year and this year I have had a higher low level. I have continued on the same track, he says in Swedish Floorball Federation’s press release.
In 2019, Johansson was named the world’s best floorball player by Innebandymagazinet as the first defender to receive the award. Johansson believes that a lot of drive and desire to get better is the secret behind his incredible season and development.
– It is the drive to want to win titles with Falun that makes me want to develop. Then I have great people around me, coaches and teammates, who let me play. So I have to thank them, he says and continues:
– But of course, the simple answer is that it is training that is behind everything. But the hard training is driven by the motivation to want to win the titles with the team.
Even in the national team, Johansson has impressed during the season. He has a prominent and offensive role from defensive position, just like in the club team.
In December 4-12, the Men’s national team will play in the World Floorball Championships in Helsinki, which Johansson looks forward to:
– I want to be in top form then, but also continue to develop and become even better for future seasons.
Emil Johansson facts
Club: IBF Falun
SSL Points 2019/20: 65 (26 + 39)
Reasons behind the election:
Emil Johansson is a complete two-way player who manages all positions and does so at the highest level. He has played one of his strongest seasons in Falun since he got there and is still developing. With his unpredictable game, he is an important player in both the club team and the national team.
The other nominees on the men’s side this year were:
Kim Nilsson, FBC Kalmarsund
Alexander Galante Carlström, IBF Falun
Jonathan Edling, FC Helsingborg
Tobias Gustafsson, Storvreta IBK
Each season, players of the year are selected by Swedish Floorball Federation. Five players on the women’s and men’s side are nominated and a winner is then selected. The jury appointing the Player of the Year consists of representatives from the Central Board, national team staff, the media and the Swedish Super League.