Petter Granberg, the latest Leafs signee, hails from Gallivare, Sweden. Take a look. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4llivare
The Leafs signed Granberg to a three-year entry-level contract this week. He’s a nice kid, just 19 and his season included a trip to the final of the Swedish Elite League and a solid performance on the blueline as Sweden won this year’s World Juniors.
Gallivare is as the crow flies, about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. If you had a mind to, you could book a midnight tee time. The distance both in distance and in sensibility between Gallivare and Stockholm, 914 km, is the distance between Toronto and Hearst.
But the amazing thing about Gallivare, as the Wiki item illustrates, is its astronomically high incidence of congenital insensitivity to pain.
Granberg knew nothing of this and while full blown cases of CIP sounds like superhero stuff, it’s not advisable. You are supposed to know when your arm is broken.
That said it’s tough to argue that a little bit wouldn’t go a long way, especially for a player already considered at 19 one of the strongest among the men of the Swedish Elite League.
The Leafs drafted Petter Granberg in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
At six-foot-three, 205-pounds, Granberg can bench press 260-pounds. He had four points in 38 league games this season and one assist as the club played 19 post season games.