Bjorklund signs for the Clan
Braehead Clan are delighted to announce the signing of experienced defenceman Christoffer Bjorklund for the 2017/18 season.
The Swede is making his return to the Elite League after spending last season at Sheffield Steelers and ending the campaign at Mora IK in his homeland.
The 29-year-old says he’s looking forward to experiencing the sound of the Purple Army as a Clan player after good memories of it while at Steelers.
“My recollection of Braehead was them having a great arena to play in and really supportive fans, getting behind the team,” Bjorklund said.
“It was loud when I was there. For me, it wasn’t intimidating at all and an atmosphere like that gets me going.
“I found that at Sheffield as well and that’s where you get that extra percentage when you go into a game.
“My experience in the league before was part of my decision to sign for Braehead. I spoke a lot to Michal Zajkowski and he spoke positively about his time at the club.
“I can’t wait to come over and it will be a good season for us.”
Bjorklund first arrived in the UK for Paul Thompson’s side last summer after spending his career in his native Sweden.
He played in the Champions Hockey League for the Steelers and went on to make 55 appearances, scoring five and picking up 21 assists.
He left in February to return to Sweden, where he finished the season with Mora IK of the Allsvenskan, playing in a further 16 games and notching five assists.
For Clan coach John Tripp, Bjorklund is another experienced body for his blue line who he believes will have a presence for his team.
“Christoffer is a player I know about and I feel his skill set will suit us perfectly for what we want to do this season,” he said.
“Sweden has a very strong development program and Swedish players see the ice very well which will help speed up our transition game.
“The fact he had that experience with Sheffield last season will help some of the newer players in the team going forward.
“His industrious style of play will also be a huge asset for us going forward and while he’s not the tallest player, what he does with the puck more than makes up for that.”