Black Bears land Swedish recruit

Posted April 16, 2009, at 9:35 p.m.

Center Klas Leidermark, who led Brynas to the Swedish Super Elite junior hockey league championship with 11 goals and six assists in seven playoff games, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine this fall.

He will be one of four Swedish forwards at Maine along with Gustav Nyquist and Theo Andersson, who will be sophomores, and incoming recruit Robin Bergman.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Leidermark had 22 goals and 22 assists in 38 games during the regular season.

“I’m very much looking forward to coming to Maine. I can’t wait,” said Leidermark.

He was recruited by other schools but said, “Maine showed the most interest in me. It was an easy choice.”

He also said he liked the coaching staff and that having three other Swedish players on the team will make it “comfortable” for him.

He has talked to Nyquist and Andersson and they told him they enjoyed playing at Maine. They gave him very positive feedback about game night at the Alfond Arena.

“They told me the crowds are insane … the fans make a lot of noise,” said Leidermark, who noted that he is used to playing in front of 500 fans for his Elite League games.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he added.

He said he intends to work on his speed and strength over the summer.

“I need to very strong and fast to make it over there,” said Leidermark, who will turn 20 on July 30.

Leidermark will help fill a void for the Black Bears, who are thin at the center position. Tanner House, who will be a junior, is the only natural center returning.

Leidermark’s coming to Maine is contingent upon his being accepted into the school and meeting NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

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