Niklas Hjalmarsson becomes the latest Blackhawk to go to Europe, signing with the HC Interspar Bolzano-Bozen Foxes of the Italian Serie A.
This makes Hjalmarsson the sixth Blackhawk to head overseas. Michael Frolik was the first to sign with a European team, going to Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Michal Rozsival then signed with HC Plzeň in the same league. Soon after, Bryan Bickell signed with Orli Znojmo of the Erst Bank Eishockey Liga, also known as the Austria Hockey League. Viktor Stalberg signed with Frölunda of Elitserien. The biggest name to make the jump across the pond was Patrick Kane, who signed with EHC Biel of National League A in Switzerland.
Of course, this means we once again turn to Google Translate to butcher the latest press release. Take it away, Google!