Nottingham Panthers have signed Columbian Forward Edwin Hedberg from Östersunds IK.
The 27-year-old worked his way through the Swedish academy and has played across Europe becoming a fan favourite wherever he went.
OFFICIAL: The Nottingham Panthers have signed forward Edwin Hedberg for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.
— The Nottingham Panthers (@PanthersIHC) January 14, 2022
In the 2009-2010 season he represented Sweden for the first time at U16 level.
He continued to make appearances up to senior level in the 2015-2016 season.
The Medellin born player has played at various age levels across Europe as well including MODO Hockey and Timra IK in Sweden.
He scored 18 times and helped out with 23 assists all in 44 appearances.
This was for MODO Hockey U20s in Sweden.
He also spent some time in Russia’s KHL playing for Medvescak Zagreb then returned to Sweden.
The Wingers most successful season to date was in the 2012-2013 season.
Some time in Finland and the Czech Republic rounds off his background
He’s struggled to find a home since, representing eight different clubs since Ostersunds IK U18s back 2007.
Nonetheless he looks a dangerous signing scoring everywhere he goes and building a reputation at each club.
He’s been described as a speedy, hardworking and a no-nonsense player in a statement on Panthers’ website.
The Winger will be meeting his new teammates on Friday as they head to Glasgow to face the Clan.
This mean he may be able to make his debut the following day against the Fife Flyers.
A home debut looks set to be the Clan again on the 23rd of January.
He’s been confirmed to be wearing the number 40 jersey for the Panthers.
Former Nottingham man and one time teammate Adam Deutsch tweeted a reply to the announcement.
Great to see my friend join @PanthersIHC , you will love to be playing infront of these fans Hebbi, best atmosphere there is! C’mon panthers💛🖤
— Adam Deutsch (@DeutschAdam) January 14, 2022
Panthers are in a good vein of form with interim Head Coach Mark Matheson turning their poor form around.
The arrival of Edwin Hedberg will bring Panthers fans hope that their side are going in the right direction once again.