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Former Bison Anderson Signs in Sweden

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Joe Oczerklewicz

Former University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team defender Alex Anderson has signed with SDE Hockey in Sweden.

Former Bison Anderson Signs in Sweden

The five-year U-Sports vet completed her final year with the Herd in 2018-19, finishing the season with a career high five goals, to go alongside 15 points – four of which came on the power play – 24 penalty minutes and a rock-solid +21 plus/minus rating. The 23-year-old defenceman joined the Bisons for the 2014-15 season after finishing her midget AAA hockey with the Winnipeg Avros.

In 118 regular season games over the span of five years at the University of Manitoba, the Winnipeg product amassed 11 goals, 47 points, 133 penalty minutes and a +38 rating. She took a total of 193 shots on goal – four of which resulted in power play markers. In 31 postseason games, Anderson collected another six goals, nine points and 44 penalty minutes, to go along with the 2018 Canada West title and the 2018 National Championship.

SDE Hockey is based out of Stockholm, and is one of 10 teams playing in the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL). Great Britain’s Leanne Ganney led the way for SDE in 2018-19, compiling 13 goals and 26 points in 35 games, while France’s Julie Zwarthoed had nine goals and 26 points for SDE as well.

“I have only played hockey on teams from Winnipeg and felt that I was ready for a change,” Anderson said in a media release from Stockholm. “My former teammate Maggie Litchfield-Medd (1992-born, Winnipeg) told me about SDE and after talking to the coaches and leaders I felt that this is where I want to play in the coming season. I look forward to the opportunity.”

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Lulea Hockey beat Linkoping HC in the deciding game of the best of five final in the 2018-19 season for the SDHL league championship. SDE went 6-28-2 in 36 regular season contests, before winning its two relegation games against Skelleftea for the second-straight season. Anderson will look to help SDE Hockey improve upon its second-last place finish and -93 goal differential from 2018-19.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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