Lidhammar Remains in EIHL with Flames
The Guildford Flames have signed 29 year old Swedish forward Mikael Lidhammar from Dundee The 6’0”, 205lb skater spent the last pair of Elite league seasons at Dundee Stars where he iced 119 times while scoring 30 goals and adding 51 assists, including last season’s 13 goal, 35 point showing across a 58 game stay North of the border.
“I’m looking forward to the new job at the Flames,” said the veteran of more than 150 games at the top tier of Swedish pro hockey. “I hope I can repay the trust placed in me with a good performance. The team and I will give everything to present the fans in Guildford with a good first season in the EIHL.”
Prior to departing his homeland, the native of Luleå had spent his entire Jr. and pro career in domestic service with 154 games in the country’s top flight Swedish Hockey League and another 219 starts just a tier down from that. His senior tour began in 2006-2007 with 18 games at Luleå HF while still under 20. He added 40 more games, and 4 points, the next season before becoming a full timer with the club in 2008-2009 when he skated 50 times, scoring 5 goals and adding 3 assists. He remained there for the ensuing season, adding 10 points in 46 starts. He moved on to Allsvenskan outfit Bofors IK in 2010-2011 where he had his best season on home soil with 7 goals and 24 points in 50 appearances. He completed the bulk of the next 4 terms at Allsvenskan club IK Oskarshamn ahead of his UK move.
“We have tried to get players with speed at every position, and Mikael is no exception,” Paul Dixon confirmed. “He also brings a bit of a physical element in delivering a hard working, intense effort each and every night.”
“Mikael brings a depth of experience from playing at a world class level in Sweden’s top flight, while also being very knowledgeable about the UK game thanks to a couple of seasons at Dundee Stars. He should play a key role in helping us settle into our new league.”