DUBUQUE, Iowa — Fresh off of his first USHL victory on Saturday, goaltender Philip Svedebäck has committed to Providence College. The 6’4” netminder, drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Draft, has committed to join a program that made appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2014 through 2019, and captured a national championship in 2015.
Svedebäck was drafted by the Fighting Saints in the fourth round, 50th overall in Phase II of the USHL Draft. While he wasn’t ranked by NHL Central Scouting, he was taken by Boston in the NHL Draft as a product of the Växjö Lakers HC junior hockey program. In two starts as a Fighting Saint, he holds a record of 1-0-1, a 1.99 GAA and a .942 save percentage.
Svedebäck, on his commitment: We had been talking since February. We had a lot of back and forth. I went on a visit last week, and everything felt good. I liked the setup and the campus. Plus, it was close to the Boston Bruins, who drafted me.
GM Kalle Larsson: Philip is a big-bodied goaltender who has good technical skills and who never quits on a puck. He is coachable and works hard on his craft. Providence College is an excellent next step for him as his development journey continues.
Head coach Greg Brown: Philip was garnering a lot of attention before he arrived in Dubuque. His strong play in both the preseason and early regular season validated that attention. We are very happy for him that he has decided to continue his schooling and hockey career at Providence College.
The Swede posted a 5-8-0 record, a 3.55 GAA and a .908 save percentage at the U20 level in Sweden for the Växjö Lakers last season.
Providence College is led by 11th-year head coach Nate Leaman, who has put forth a record of 203-122-49 behind the bench. Those 203 wins are good for second in PC history behind Lou Lamoriello. Leaman most recently helped Team USA capture gold at the 2021 World Junior Championships, and is set to return in the role in 2022.
Svedebäck joins teammate Peter Kramer in holding commitments to Providence.