The British Columbia Hockey League will welcome the Malmo Redhawks junior team from Malmo, Sweden for a five-city tour that will begin on December 31st in Powell River and conclude in Cowichan Valley on January 5th.
Malmo competes in Sweden’s J20 SuperElit League, which is the highest-level junior league in the country. The Redhawks have been a stepping stone for many future National Hockey League players, including Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen, Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Kim Johnsson and Edmonton Oilers rookie Magnus Paajarvi.
The Redhawks will begin their five-game tour of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island when they face the Powell River Kings on December 31st. Visits to the Nanaimo Clippers on January 1st, Alberni Valley Bulldogs on January 2nd, Victoria Grizzlies on January 4th and Cowichan Valley Capitals on January 5th will follow. A full series schedule is available at www.bchl.ca.
"The Malmo Redhawks will provide an exciting challenge for five of our teams and an entertaining brand of hockey for our fans," says BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale. "I’m certain that our five teams and communities will provide exceptional hospitality for their players and coaches and that the games will be a great chance for our players to face a talented opponent."
Each of the Redhawks’ five games will be broadcast on BCHL Live pay-per-view, with pricing and package details to be released prior to the start of the tour.
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