GOTHENBURG – Gothenburg’s Frolunda Indians announced that they signed Finnish centre Riku Hahl to a two-year deal. According to previous reports, Hahl was set to sign with Frolunda, but was waiting to see if any NHL opportunities would arise.
The Indians know exactly what they get when Hahl joins the team as the 27-year-old Finnish national team regular and former NHLer follows his former GM, Kent Norberg, from Timra IK to Frolunda. Norberg’s four-year deal was announced in April.
“I needed a new challenge as a player. I had several good offers to choose from, but when Frolunda came up as an alternative, I jumped on it right away. Frolunda is one of Europe’s best clubs, it has a new organisation, with Ulf Dahlén as the head coach, and I think we can go deep into the playoffs,” said Hahl in a press release.
“I’ve always liked the Scandinavium (arena), and I am looking forward to playing with Frolunda,” he said.
Coach Ulf Dahlén joined Frolunda after two seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars. The two-time world champion and former national team forward is happy to get Hahl: “I like to build the team around good, creative centres, and with the addition of Hahl, we now have several solid centres to build on. Riku Hahl brings excellence to the team.”
Last season, Frolunda finished sixth in the regular season and was ousted in the quarterfinals by Farjestad Karlstad. Its attendance average (11,688) was the best in Elitserien and 4,500 more than second-placed Linkoping’s. Frolunda has had the highest attendance average in the league for the last nine seasons.