RW Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks, WHL (2013, 89th overall, Columbus)
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10-11-2012, 02:13 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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I have no insight as to his ethnic background and the derivation of his name, but I do know that his father grew up in Minnesota before playing collegiately at Maine, and then
professionally for a long time in Europe
before settling in Denmark, so the actual story may be more complicated.
Yeah his dad Todd Bjorkstrand was an american hockey player that became a true hockey legend in Denmark (it's just the name that show some original swedish decent). All his Europe professionalism has been in Denmark exclusively.
He played 14 years for Herning in the Danish league (1988-2002) and won the championship 7 times. He was danish player of the year 3 times. Current head coach of Herning for 10 years running (2002-2012) and in this time they have 6 championships, 1 silver, 2 bronze and 1 fourth place.
And he is also the danish U20 coach since 2010!
He is with Petri Skriko (that played together with T.Bjorkstrand in Herning from 1993-1999 and was Herning headcoach in 1999-2001) probably the best player that ever played in the danish league. Todd Bjorkstrand certainly found the net alot in his career 840 goals in 955 games overall all leagues.
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