Beartown

Mr. Erdahl/Kevin’s dad Character Analysis

Mr. Erdahl is Kevin’s father. Having grown up poor, he is relentless in the pursuit of success and perfection and demands the same of Kevin. He is one of the hockey club’s biggest financial supporters, although he seldom watches Kevin’s games. After Kevin’s assault of Maya, Mr. Erdahl claims that Maya is a liar and that Kevin is really the victim. He tries to mobilize the town against Peter Andersson and fails, although he succeeds in making sure that Kevin’s hockey career can carry on as planned. Though he normally has a smooth, even demeanor, he can become ferociously angry when provoked.

Mr. Erdahl/Kevin’s dad Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Erdahl/Kevin’s dad or refer to Mr. Erdahl/Kevin’s dad. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Beartown published in 2017.
Chapter 44 Quotes

Inside the house his dad is sitting with a newly opened bottle of whisky in front of him. They didn’t get everything they wanted this evening, but they haven’t lost either. Tomorrow their lawyer will start to prepare all the arguments why a drunk young man who is in love with the young woman is not a credible witness. Then Kevin will start playing for Hed Ice Hockey, taking his team with him, almost all the sponsors, and all their plans for life will be intact. One day very soon everyone around them will simply pretend that this has never happened. Because this family does not lose. Not even when they do.

Page Number: 366
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Mr. Erdahl/Kevin’s dad Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Erdahl/Kevin’s dad appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...The reason Sune is being fired boils down to the fact that everyone wants Kevin Erdahl on the A-team already, but Sune refuses, believing that “it takes more than hormones to... (full context)
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David understands that just because Kevin Erdahl is the best player doesn’t mean he’s the most important. On the video he sees... (full context)
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...best friends, but they’re inseparable. When Kevin’s mom answers the door, both she and Mr. Erdahl are talking on their phones. Benji thinks that Kevin is both the most and least... (full context)
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...couple of photos on the walls and the fringe on the rug. Behind him, Mrs. Erdahl automatically puts everything back the way it was. Outside, Benji sits down by Kevin’s garden... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Kevin is practicing in his garden rink at home. Mrs. Erdahl says it’s time to drop him off at the rink. Kevin can see that she’s... (full context)
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Kevin rides to the game next to his father. Mr. Erdahl quizzes him on his upcoming English test. He’s always thinking two moves ahead,... (full context)
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When they get to the rink, Mr. Erdahl just pats Kevin’s shoulder and says that Kevin can tell him everything tomorrow. Their basement... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Kevin’s parents get home late that night to a spotless house. Mr. Erdahl finds the statistics Kevin has left him about yesterday’s game and beams. (full context)
Chapter 24
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Kevin’s dad comes outside and shoots some pucks with him that morning. He almost asks Kevin about... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...the team bus, everyone’s still in an uproar. When David gets a text from Mr. Erdahl with the news of the charges against Kevin, he doesn’t tell the team. (full context)
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...the rest of the trip asleep in the back of the bus. David deletes Mr. Erdahl’s text and pretends he hasn’t heard any news. (full context)
Chapter 37
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Kevin’s dad is sitting in the “command center,” the Erdahls’ kitchen, making phone calls. All the men... (full context)
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All Mr. Erdahl’s life, he’s striven for perfection as a “survival strategy.” He knows what it’s like to... (full context)
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Mr. Erdahl comes in and talks to David and Kevin. He explains that it’s a choice between... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Kevin’s dad drives to the Hollow in his expensive car. He picks up Amat. He tells Amat... (full context)
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Just as Amat is about to get out of the car, Mr. Erdahl tells him that though he might have thought he saw something at Kevin’s party, drinking... (full context)
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The hockey team is having an optional training session in the forest. Mr. Erdahl drops Kevin off there, and his teammates cheer. David shakes Kevin’s and his dad’s hands.... (full context)
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...the customary gesture of hospitality in Beartown. But no one does. Meanwhile, across town, Mrs. Erdahl takes out the trash. One neighbor’s door, then another and another, opens as people invite... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Mr. Erdahl shows up at the Bearskin to talk to Ramona, Tails accompanying him. Ramona gives him... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...for Kevin. Later, Fatima goes into Amat’s room. Amat shows her the business card Mr. Erdahl gave him. He repeats Erdahl’s words, saying that “you’re nothing if you’re alone in the... (full context)
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...his way to the front of the room. He looks at everyone, staring especially at Erdahl, then speaks: “My name is Amat. I saw what Kevin did to Maya. I was... (full context)
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...he can get the others to vote in Peter’s favor. The man gazes at Mr. Erdahl and thinks about seeing Amat in the Hollow the other morning. In his pocket are... (full context)
Chapter 44
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Kevin’s dad didn’t get everything he wanted, but it’s not the worst outcome for the Erdahls, either.... (full context)
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...card game together, when the doorbell rings. When they answer, they’re shocked to see Mrs. Erdahl. Mrs. Erdahl has been told that there’s no reliable evidence to use against Kevin. But... (full context)