Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wickenheiser pursues men's team role

Four years after last playing in a men's professional hockey league, Hayley Wickenheiser is at it again, seeking employment in Europe in a bid to improve her game and find another challenge — this time with her family in tow.
Wickenheiser's first overture — to Stockholm AIK, a second-division team in Sweden — fell through last week. According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, AIK received an offer to have Wickenheiser try out for a week, but the club didn't think she could make the team and said no as a result.
To me, it sounds like the Swedish club got cold feet about the whole tryout business at the last minute, something likely brought about by the fact it would have turned into a mini-media sideshow with a woman attempting to make a pro team in the hockey-crazed country. (If any Swedish readers have additional insight into the story, I'm all ears.)

Wickenheiser played in the Finnish second-division pro system intermittently from 2002 to 2004, and it sounds like that may be where she's headed again this season.

6 Comments:

At 4:46 AM, August 29, 2007, Anonymous Marcus, Sweden said...

I've read the original article (from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet). The AIK coah, Daniel Broberg, says the team already has to many forwards and that it wouldn't be fair to them to bring in yet another player. He also says: "I've only seen Wickenheiser in one game; the Olympic final between Canada and Sweden. Sure she's good. But we [AIK] have the best female team in Sweden and none of the players on that team is even close to be able to play for us [the mens team]. I find it hard to believe that Hayley Wickenheiser is so much better than any of the players on that team."

 
At 11:30 AM, August 29, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

HAHAHA that's a great quote.

 
At 11:33 AM, August 29, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Duhatschek has a similar translation from the article in his piece that I linked to above.

The fact is, the Swedish women's hockey system is so far inferior to the one Wickenheiser has played in here that you can't compare the two.

 
At 1:55 PM, August 29, 2007, Blogger Tyler said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: she can play that calibre of hockey here with men. Of course, it'll be senior hockey, not professional and not even the best senior hockey in Canada. I'm a supporter of the women's game but this looks silly.

 
At 3:58 PM, August 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when has Finnish second league been a PRO league?

Players are students, unemployed or working in so called real jobs.

Hayley was the only pro in that league. And she sucked hockeywise.

 
At 3:59 PM, August 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when has Finnish second league been a PRO league?

Players are students, unemployed or working in so called real jobs.

Hayley was the only pro in that league. And she sucked hockeywise.

 

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