Good news on the injury front is that two of the four players named in my earlier post are back on the ice again. However, a number of players have gone onto the injury list. Read on for details
Jennifer Wakefield, Canadian Olympian silver medalist in Pyeongchang played her first game on 29 November. Her skill and importance in the team can be seen Brynäs IF have won all four of the matches since her return from concussion with 16-5 in goals for and against. Wakefield herself has scored 10 points (6G+4A) to take her to second place in the team's points list after only 6 games where the club have now played 26 games in all.
Finnish Olympic bronze medalist and forward, Michelle Karvinen has also returned to play on 30 November. She gained five points (1G+4A) in her first match as they smashed bottom of the table Gothenburg HC 11-2 at home. She was only able to gain a pair of assists in the double header against a much more talented Leksand IF - one each match. That said Luleå/ MSSK won each match now lie in second place in the SDHL.
It still remains unclear what has happened with the French captain and MODO Hockey defender. The only game she played in the Six Nations competition was the first match for France against Slovakia on 7 November. She did not take part in another match in the tournament, nor has she played for the Swedish club since then.
Swiss Olympian and NWHL Boston Pride 2016 drafted forward, Lara Stalder is out with an upper body injury until "at least Christmas". She sustained the injury in a match against HV71 on 21 November and was on track for another season where she would challenge for top goal scorer, which she won last year and a top 5 place in total points.
Ohio State University's Canadian forward Lauren Spring only played five matches with Stalder's Linköping HC before she took a hit on 16 October in a match against Leksand IF which has lead to concussion, not for the first time in her short career. The 22 year old has returned to Canada and two months later it seems unlikely that she will return to Europe.
Swedish Olympian and Luleå/ MSSK tough defender Johanna Fällman is also out due to concussion. The incident occurred in the first of a back to back match against Brynäs IF on 23 November. However, the University of North Dakota graduate was not subject to a dangerous tackle, but simply collided with an opponent and fell and hit her head. It remains to be seen when the 28 year old's will return to play.
On 4 December it was reported that the 22 year old Colgate University graduate has left MODO Hockey and returned to Canada for "personal reasons". Wildfang's club are currently top of the league and she was the league's second highest scoring back behind Finnish Olympian, Jenni Hiirikoski. But the serious sickness of a close friend has meant that she has returned home and is unlikely to return before the end of the season.