Elias Petterson was born in Sundsvall, Sweden but grew up in Ange, Sweden. Although Elias is known as a potent forward, he started off his hockey career as a goaltender with his Ange minor team. Often referred to as “Petey”, he made his professional debut in 2015 with Timrå IK and signed with the Växjö Lakers of the top tier of the Swedish Hockey League. In his SHL during his rookie year of 2017-18, Elias had 24 goals and a total of 56 points in just 44 games, eventually breaking the record for points by a junior player formerly held by Kent Nilsson.
Elias was ranked second of European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau during his first year of eligibility for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He was the fifth pick overall and first Swedish player taken in the draft by the Vancouver Canucks in 2017. At the time Elias was a junior player still, dominating the Swedish Hockey League in his 2017-18 rookie season. He played 44 games, leading the league in both points scored and in =/- at the end of the regular season. He scored 24 goals, making him second in the league. In the season finale, Elias set a new record of 56 for the most points score by a junior in a single SHL season. Leading the Växjö Lakers to their second Le Mat Trophy, Elias scored four game-winning goals. He later won the Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy and was named SHL playoff’s MVP. It was the first time in nine years that all 14 jury members voted unanimously for Elias. He was also named Rookie of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Elias competed for Sweden in the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship and won silver. Despite his broken thumb and limitation to five games, Elias continued to win the gold with Team Sweden in the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
In 2018 the Vancouver Canucks announced that Elias had signed a three-year entry-level contract. In October 2018, Elias made his NHL debut scoring his first career goal and assist in a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames. On November 1st 2018, Elias was named October Rookie of the Month and Second Star of the week four days later. In January 2019, Elias was called to his first NHL All-Star Game, scoring the game winning goal in overtime. During his rookie season, Elias totaled 28 goals, 38 assists, leaving him with 66 points in 71 games. He was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy-an award he ultimately won in 2019.
During the 2019-20 season, Elias was named First Star of the Week on November 4th after totaling 9 points over four games. In December 2019 Elias was called to his second consecutive NHL All-Star Game where he achieved a 102.4 mph slap shot, making it the second highest mark in competition history until that point.
Elias Pettersson may be just as slick in the fashion world as he is on the ice. He loves to show his personality through his styles, and hope the NHL will continue a more relaxed dress code. He admires NBA fashion. His social media game suggests he is familiar with Italian fashion labels. Elias certainly takes the fashion title for the Canucks!
Growing up, his father was the Zamboni driver at the local rink, and because of this, Petterson received much extra practice time