Blaze sign Swedish stud
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart is thrilled to add Swedish forward Robin Bergman to his 2016/17 Elite League roster. Bergman, 27, joins from top Danish side Frederikshavn White Hawks where he was their second highest points scorer last season with 52 in 61 games (25 goals, 27 assists).
"He is a very high paced player that brings that element of excitement to the rink every game," said Stewart. "He has fantastic speed, a great shot and is a guy that makes us more dangerous off the rush. He will be looked upon to score big goals for this club and hopefully a whole lot of them! All that said, he is also another guy that plays with a high compete level and someone that will buy into what we want to accomplish here in Coventry."
The Stockholm native began his hockey career in the Hammarby junior system before moving to North America to ice for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League (USHL). During his first season, Bergman was nominated to play in the All-Star game and the following year accepted an offer from Notre Dame University of the NCAA where he played 20 games before re-joining the Cedar Rapids. In Iowa he stayed for a further season, playing a total of 148 games and posting 114 points (59 +55) for the Roughriders.
In 2009 he turned professional signing for Vaasan Sport of the Mestis (Finland's second-tier) where he scored 20 goals in 47 games and added 9 assists earning himself a contract with Turun Palloseura (TPS) of the Finish Elite League. During 2010/11, Bergman played 14 games in the Liiga before being loaned to TuTo Hockey and back to his previous club Vaasan Sport where in the playoffs he contributed 4 goals and 4 assists over 12 games helping the club to lift the Mestis Championship.
It was the 2011/12 season when the Swede really caught fire again scoring 27 goals, 22 assists for 49 points in 52 games for AaB Aalborg in Denmark. The following year he made the short move to Frederikshavn White Hawks where he has played for three of the past four seasons, split only by a year in Norway with Lillehammer (15+29 =44 in 54). For the White Hawks, over his three season's Bergman has posted an impressive 62 goals, 76 assists for 138 points in 169 league, cup and playoff games.
The 6'0" winger now joins Blaze on the back of his most prolific offensive season and says he believes he is in the prime of his career.
"I feel like I am in the best shape that I’ve been in and that I am playing my best hockey so far," said Bergman. "I’m looking forward to bringing that same game to Coventry. Hopefully I can get even better moving forward and help the team win a lot of games next season.
"From what I’ve heard it’s a great place to play in the UK and somewhere that they treat players very well," continued the Swede. "I’ve been told there’s a great fan base and I’m very excited to experience that first hand and hopefully we can treat them with some good hockey! I’ve had a few friends play in the league and they all say it’s a great level of hockey, from what I know it’s a more North American style of hockey compared to Denmark which is exciting for me.
"Me and my fiancé’ are thankful for the opportunity and we're very excited to join the Coventry Blaze and experience everything the hockey and city has to offer!"
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Listen to Danny Stewart talk to Rob McGregor: