LATEST | 16-year NHL veteran leaves North America, signs in Europe

Published July 15, 2023 at 10:32
BY COOPER GODIN
     
On July 1st, long-time National Hockey League defenceman Anton Stralman became an unrestricted free agent and his future in North America was unclear. But now, Stralman has decided that it's time to head home.

HV71, a team in the Swedish Hockey League announced on Saturday that they've agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2023-24 season with Anton Stralman.

The following quote was translated from Swedish

"I'm really excited. It will be a lot of fun to come to Jönköping and get to play in front of such a dedicated hockey audience as HV71 has. I myself have memories of when my father took me as a child to Rosenlundshallen and we were crowded into the standing room. To now be able to return to something that was part of my upbringing naturally feels awesome." Stralman said.



Stralman, a native of Tibro, was drafted into the NHL back in 2005 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in parts of two seasons with them. He also made stops with the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Arizona Coyotes and the Boston Bruins.

In those 938 games, the 36-year-old recorded 293 points (63 goals, 230 assists), 287 penalty minutes and was a plus-46. Stralman also had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 113 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Source: HV71
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