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Former Leaf, Canadien, decides to leave North America

Published October 14, 2023 at 6:33 PM
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After losing out on a professional tryout contract with the Dallas Stars as the beginning of this season came, the longtime NHLer Jordie Benn was left with an uncertain future.

Last Saturday, Benn made the decision on where to continue his hockey career. The 36-year-old defender has signed a one year deal with a team in Sweden's second tier professional league, Brynas IF.

The following was translated from Swedish

"This feels very exciting, a wonderful challenge for me and now the timing was right. Alcén has already given me a good picture of the club since the first contact. I come here with enormous energy for the mission." Benn said.


He added, "I am incredibly proud to have the chance to represent such a long-established association as Brynas IF and I also like the club's clear goal to get back to the SHL, that journey triggers me."

Well into the season already in Sweden, Brynas IF says Benn's debut night remains uncertain, and will come after the necessary paperwork for Benn to work in Sweden is approved.

The British Columbian born defender played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate Marlies last season. In 12 NHL games, Benn recorded one goal and one assist. Along with the Maple Leafs, Benn has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks, and the Dallas Stars in his 14 years in the NHL.

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