Bonsaksen answers the experts: – Must go back to school

Bonsaksen answers the experts: – Must go back to school

In 2010, the “Oil Sheik” stepped out of the helicopter. Stavanger Oilers’ chairman, Tore Christiansen, wore the gold suit he has become known for wearing.

Little did we know that Gold Festival in Stavanger would turn out to be a tradition.

This was the start of a new era in Norwegian ice hockey.

Petter Thoresen smiled broadly and jumped out of the helicopter with “prey toe” in his hands. The easterner had led the Siddis to the top.

They failed in their attempt to repeat the success, but then the locomotive could not be stopped. In the next six seasons, the Oilers won NM gold.

THE BEGINNING: Christian Dahl Andersen and main shareholder in Stavanger Oilers Tore Christiansen after the Norwegian championship was secured in 2010. Christiansen here in a white suit. Hours later he posed in a gold suit. Photo: Alf Ove Hansen / Scanpix Photo: Alf Ove Hansen

After four seasons without gold, where there was no winner two of the times, they were superb again this spring.

Then we again saw Christiansen in a gold suit, with a champagne bottle so big he could barely carry it, circling around the players who lifted the trophy.

The league’s biggest profile, Patrick Thoresen, didn’t know about his last opportunity to lift the trophy missing there.

Now there are several profiles who, like Thoresen, have a goal of leading their teams to the top and putting an end to the Oilers’ dominance.

Answer the experts

– Of course, everyone is eager to topple the Stavanger Oilers from their throne, says Frisk Asker player Alexander Bonsaksen.

TV 2’s experts predict that his current team will finish 3rd this season. It is something the returning national team player sees as a realistic tip.

He is far more skeptical of the experts’ position of the club he wrecked this summer.

ANSWERS: Alexander Bonsaksen during the press conference where he was presented as a Frisk Asker player.  The 35-year-old believes it will be even at the top this season.  Photo: Bjørn Roger Brevik / TV 2

ANSWERS: Alexander Bonsaksen during the press conference where he was presented as a Frisk Asker player. The 35-year-old believes it will be even at the top this season. Photo: Bjørn Roger Brevik / TV 2

The experts have placed Vålerenga as number 4 and 5 in their table tips.

– Then it is strange that they were at the top of last year’s table tips, because they have improved. So then I think the experts have to do another round and look at budgets and player numbers. Then they have to go back to school again, says Bonsaksen and smiles.

– Røymark, have you gotten better?

– Yes I believe. Last year it was a bit choppy, but it wasn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be. There was no way how bad we were. We who are there see more behind it, replies the Vålerenga captain.

– What do you think about the table tip?

– I think that is a little too low. We believe in what we do at Jordal. It may not be right from the start, but I think we will get better and better over the course of the season, he replies.

Like TV 2’s ice hockey experts, Bonsaksen and Røymark believe that Storhamar, Frisk Asker, Vålerenga and Sparta will be Stavanger Oilers’ toughest challengers in the coming season.

ALSO: Patrick Thoresen decided this summer to take another season as an ice hockey player.  Photo: Beate Oma Dahle

ALSO: Patrick Thoresen decided this summer to take another season as an ice hockey player. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle

Thoresen’s thirst for revenge

– It is primarily because I think ice hockey is still fun. I see no reason to stop doing something that I find very fun, when I know that I am still maintaining the level, says Storhamar captain Patrick Thoresen about the choice to take another season on ice skates.

– Was it decisive for the election that you lost the final series this spring?

– Not directly, but you become hungry for revenge. I didn’t feel we were as bad as the 4-0 loss suggests. But in the final series we didn’t have enough to contribute. It was very bitter, he replies.

The 38-year-old is happy that they have managed to keep the Norwegian tribe in the team, and that he thinks the breadth of the squad is better.

– Do you have a better chance of winning this season?

– Yes I believe. We are more satisfied with the squad before the start of the season than we were last year. It would be stupid to say anything else, he replies.

Thoresen believes that the Stavanger Oilers must settle for having the favorite stamp before it all starts.

BACK: Jonas Holøs is home after a great career abroad.  Photo: Yngve Sem Pedersen / TV 2

BACK: Jonas Holøs is home after a great career abroad. Photo: Yngve Sem Pedersen / TV 2

– Looks very exciting

– The city’s great son is back, said general manager of Sparta, Henning Svendsen, when Jonas Holøs was presented as a Sparta player this spring.

His return to his old club undoubtedly gives the Sarpings reason for optimism.

The 35-year-old is satisfied with life in Sarpsborg, and believes that much is the same at the parent club, but that everything has become more professional since he left 14 years ago.

Holøs believes the current Sparta team is about as good as last season’s team.

Unlike many others, the national team captain does not believe that the Stavanger Oilers will go to the top.

– Storhamar looks very exciting. I keep them as favourites, he says.

READY: Martin Røymark was this week appointed as Vålerenga's captain.  The veteran describes it as great to lead the team he believes is Norway's biggest.  Photo: Ida Cecilie Madsen

READY: Martin Røymark was this week appointed as Vålerenga’s captain. The veteran describes it as great to lead the team he believes is Norway’s biggest. Photo: Ida Cecilie Madsen

Meet for a duel

When Bonsaksen announced that he was going to end his career abroad and come home to Norway, his friend hoped that they would become teammates.

– I thought so. He was born and raised in Jordal. Now it didn’t turn out that way, so then it will be a bit fun to be enemies too, even though we are good mates, says Røymark.

On separate teams, but with the same goal: To become Norwegian champions.

In Stavanger, Tommy Kristiansen is skeptical of his rivals’ plan to take over the hockey throne.

– Vålerenga has been trying since 2009. It has not worked well. With Bonsaksen in Frisk Asker, I think they can be a good contender. We’ll see, but I think it will be difficult for you this year too, says the Oilers player.

– It must be allowed to be a bit generous after winning both the league championship and the Norwegian championship last season. Then we have to try to get Tommy back down to earth, where he belongs, Bonsaksen replies to Kristiansen’s jab.

Friday 19.00 the puck is dropped. Then Bonsaksen and Frisk Asker take on Røymark and Vålerenga for the opening match in Varner Arena. It is expected to sell out.

You can watch the match on TV 2 Sport 1 and TV 2 Play.

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