For some players, their development path leads from North America across the Atlantic where there are a good number of pro hockey opportunities. Likewise, numerous opportunities exist for European players who seek to expand their horizons by playing over here. Such was the case for Carl-Johan Sjögren.
A native of Södertälje, Sweden, Sjögren came to the United States as a 20-year old to play one season for the Wenatchee Wild. In that season (2010-11), Sjögren averaged better than a point per game, racking up 20 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played. One of his more memorable goals was the one that triggered the 2010 Teddy Bear Toss against the Alaska Avalanche.
Following his standout season in Wenatchee, Sjögren returned to Sweden where he embarked on a professional career that continues to this day. He’s played for four different teams, most recently serving as an alternate captain for IF Troja-Ljungby in a third-tier Swedish league called Hockeyettan. He’ll begin his ninth season of pro hockey this fall.