The Portland Winterhawks have signed Oliver Bjorkstrand, a Danish forward selected 26th overall by the team in the 2012 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
Bjorkstrand played last season with the Herning Blue Fox of the Danish professional league and totaled 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 36 games, helping lead his team to the league championship. He led all 16-year-olds in the league in scoring, with the next closest player his age registering five points.
Bjorkstrand also represented Denmark at the 2012 World Junior Championship and tallied two goals in the tournament, and played for the national team at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship where he registered seven points in six games.
“Oliver is a top international player in his age group and we’re excited that he has chosen to play in Portland next year. He is ready for the challenge of the Western Hockey League,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston.
Season tickets and 20- and 12-game ticket packages for the 2012-13 season are on sale now. Visit winterhawks.com or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.