Niklas Hjalmarsson becomes the latest Blackhawk to go to Europe, signing with the HC Interspar Bolzano-Bozen Foxes of the Italian Serie A.
This makes Hjalmarsson the sixth Blackhawk to head overseas. Michael Frolik was the first to sign with a European team, going to Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Michal Rozsival then signed with HC Plzeň in the same league. Soon after, Bryan Bickell signed with Orli Znojmo of the Erst Bank Eishockey Liga, also known as the Austria Hockey League. Viktor Stalberg signed with Frölunda of Elitserien. The biggest name to make the jump across the pond was Patrick Kane, who signed with EHC Biel of National League A in Switzerland.
Of course, this means we once again turn to Google Translate to butcher the latest press release. Take it away, Google!
Stanley Cup winner, Niklas Hjalmarsson coming to Bolzano
The long wait was worth it: Two weeks before the Continental Cup HC Bolzano makes with the obligation by Niklas Hjalmarsson for the big transfer hammer. The 25-year-old defender of the Chicago Blackhawks changed with the recommendation of 312 NHL games in the Tyrolean capital.
Now the Serie A has to Niklas Hjalmarsson their NHL star. The Swedish international will intensify during the lockout in the world’s best hockey league HC Bolzano. He comes from the Chicago Black Hawks, with whom he won the 2010 Stanley Cup. Hjalmarsson is on Thursday evening and arrive in Bolzano on Friday at 12.20 clock completing his first training session in the wave of ice. The HCB-fans are the Swedish national team on Thursday at home against Renon first time face to face. His commitment is made possible by a strong financial support from private sponsors. no detours in the NHL Niklas Hjalmarsson is (187 cm/93 kg) on 6 June 1987 Swedish Eksjö born and was already the age of 17 at his hometown club HV71 his debut in the first division. In the following three years he gained in the Elitserien 81 games, 4 goals and 4 Assist the same time it was also used in the U20 team HV71. In the season 2006/2007 he also ran 8 times for Oskarshamn on the subprime Allsvenskan.
In summer 2007, the defensive specialist, was finally taken by the Chicago Blackhawks to North America. He took it in his first year to 13 NHL-use, simultaneously, he completed for the Rockford IceHogs 59 encounters (4 goals, 13 assist) in the AHL. Also in the following season, he went both NHL (38 games, 1 goal, 3 assist), and a league low for Rockford (52 games, 2 goals, 16 assist) on Puck hunting. the definitive breakthrough Hjalmarsson made it into the 2009 season / 2010 than it at the Blackhawks to an impressive 99 games in the best league in the world and brought contributed with three goals and 22 templates to win the Stanley Cup. In recent years, he became a fixture in the defensive department of the U.S. traditional clubs and drove his NHL statistics on a total of 312 games, 8 goals and 50 Assist in the World Cup squad of “Tre Kronors” Hjalmarsson went through all the youth national teams of Sweden and won 2005 at the U18 World Championships bronze medal. With the Swedish star ensemble of Neo-Bozen graduated in May, the World Cup in their own country. In all, he ran ten times in the jersey of the “Tre Kronors” and scored one goal and prepared three more goals.
“Defensive specialist.” Heh.
With the NHL and the NHLPA going on their fourth straight day of talks tomorrow, will Hjalmarsson’s stop in Italy be a short one? We’ll see.