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.