HENRI Sandvik has branded English hockey fans as the best he has played in front of across his career.
The Swindon Wildcats forward, who played a major role in the weekend victory at Manchester Phoenix on Sunday, has entertained Finnish and Austrian supporters on the ice over the course of his eight-year senior career.
However, he thinks the crowds in England – and more particularly Cats fans at the Link Centre – provide the best atmosphere.
“I love the fans here. English fans are the best fans. This league is the best league for fans, they are unbelievable fans,” he told Link Sport.
“Here there are the best fans in my career because fans celebrate and clap and shout. It’s very good. Finland fans sometimes only watch the game and don’t say anything. This is not good, it is negative, but here they are very positive fans.
“Fans keeping positive helps us play good.”
Two wins from two outings so far this season represents an excellent start to the campaign for Swindon and Sandvik believes the current roster have the potential to excite over the course of the next seven months.
He said: “I think the team is looking very good. I think it’s a better team than last year and this year it’s a very good year for the team and the fans. This is a good year.
“It’s going to be fast hockey, hard hockey and good defence.”