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Ture Linden Adding Offensive Punch For Brahmas

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Brahmas forward Ture Linden has provided a big offensive upside since joining Lone Star in early October.


Ture Linden came to the Lone Star Brahmas via a Tender Agreement during the summer of 2017. The 6’0” – 180 pound forward from Great Falls, VA made his debut with the Brahmas on October 6 missing the first eight games of the season as he was in camp with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

Since hitting the ice with Lone Star, Linden has shot up the team’s scoring stats and current sets second on the team with 18 points on 6G-12A. He has accounted for three game winning goals and seven power play points.

Linden spent last season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League playing 55 games split between the Trenton Golden Hawks and North York Rangers. He made the most of his time in Canada logging 29G-32A during the regular season before adding 1G-4A in five playoff games.

Multiple teams took notice and reached out to Linden trying to recruit the gifted forward. However, one team stood out in the process. Linden was impressed with the number of players that Lone Star in particular and the NAHL in general had moved on to NCAA Div-I programs. “I really liked what Coach Wildfong as well as past and present players in the league had to say about the organization,” he said. “Most of all I chose Lone Star because I want to win and I know this organization has what it takes to win.”

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Ture Linden battles Mudbugs forward Cameron Cook for position during the Brahmas 3-0 win on Dec 15, 2017

Linden also saw the NAHL as a good precursor to his desire to play NCAA hockey. The NAHL is an older more physical league than the OJHL. He knew playing against tougher competition would give him an opportunity to prove he could compete at the next level.

Virginia is not a state that would come to mind when naming hockey hotbeds, but that did not deter Linden from pursuing the sport. He enjoyed watching the Washington Capitals with his father as a child and told his parents that he wanted to try the game while watching on TV. So at the age of five, he found his way into an initiation program at Reston Skatequest. Linden played multiple sports growing up, but nothing compared to his love and passion for the game of hockey.

The Caps also provided Linden with a great example to model his game after in Alternate Captain Nicklas Bäckström. Linden points to Bäckström’s great vision, passing ability and 200 foot game as strengths he has tried to model his game after. As an 11 year old Linden had the good fortune of meeting his hero at a summer camp in Bäckström’s native Sweden.

The OJHL website said of Linden that “heady, deceptively fast, versatile, good on face-offs, playmaker, scorer are all words to describe his game.” Ture says that these are all qualities that he tries to bring to every game. “Along the way, each coach added some technical skill or knowledge to my game, which I tried to incorporate with my own style of play,” said Linden. “I definitely would say I’ve worked hard at developing the skills of a playmaker by being a student of the game, especially by watching the pros.”

Linden’s influences did not come only from those he interacted with on the ice. He had to look no further than his own living room to find his greatest examples. “I think my dad had a huge influence on my work ethic and the steady drive to succeed along with attention to detail,” he said. “Playing Div-I hockey is obviously a dream but the statistics are harsh. I’ve certainly had my share of setbacks such as moving away from home at an early age, cuts from teams and difficulties along the way, but how I overcame these obstacles is what I really learned from my parents. “No matter how hard it was on our family, they supported my decision to keep pursuing my goal.”

His work ethic and desire to continually improve his game has led to recent success on the scoresheet with 4G-4A in his last six games. Linden said that he has been driving to the net and hard area much more often.  He also pointed to his line mates saying that he has been on the receiving end of some very nice passes.

A dream of playing Div-I hockey came true recently when Linden announced his commitment to RPI. A few years ago, Linden had made a list of five colleges on a paper napkin as his “dream schools”. During the stressful recruitment process, his mom pulled out that napkin and reminded him that RPI was indeed on that list.

Linden is the second Brahma to sign with RPI in the past two years following Troy York who is currently in his freshman season with the Engineers. When Linden made his recruiting visit to Rensselaer, he had the opportunity to sit down with York saying the former Brahma was very helpful in explaining the transition and what RPI was all about.

With the college commitment in his pocket and the stress of the recruiting process out of the way, Linden is looking forward to focusing solely on playing Brahmas hockey and winning a Robertson Cup.

He sees a big part of that push toward a Robertson Cup as NYTEX Sports Centre and the Lone Star faithful. “I’m impressed by our fan base here in Brahmaland as well as the atmosphere and noise in the building. It is contagious and we as players feed off of the energy in the building,” he explained. “There are so many fun traditions it’s never boring.”

Lone Star fans are hoping that Linden reaches one more of his goals this season with a Robertson Cup Championship. The talented forward has already shown that he will be a big part of a potential Brahmas’ playoff run.


Career Statistics

Year Team League GP G A Pts Pim
2014/15 Kent School USHS 23 2 6 8
2015/16 Kent School USHS 24 1 4 5
CT Wolf Pack U18 Midget 21 3 6 9
2016/17 Trenton Golden Hawks OJHL 16 8 11 19 0
North York Rangers OJHL 39 21 21 42 10
2017/18 Lone Star Brahmas NAHL 22 6 12 18 8

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