The 24 year old Swiss Olympian, Uni. of Minnesota-Duluth graduate and only European to be drafted in the NWHL has been confirmed as out for the rest of the season because of the need for an operation on her shoulder. It has now been revealed that she has had this problem since the summer and despite rehabilitation she only managed to play 17 games this season, where she had an incredible 38 points. But in the second period of her comeback match for Linköping HC on 5 January she was forced to stop after a battle close to the boards.
A ray of light for Linköping HC is that Stalder’s replacement has been 31 year old Austrian, Denise Altmann. She retired at the end of last season after being the league’s outstanding scorer leading the in Total Points, Goals and Assists by over 200 points. Altmann took up the post as trainer to forwards, such as Stalder, at Linköping but the Swiss star’s injury has meant a return to the ice for arguably the great player in the SDHL’s 11 year history.
Eliteprospects has reported that MODO Hockey’s Canadian import, Brooke Boqvist is out indefinitely due to concussion. I have not been able to confirm this, but the 22 year old Providence College graduate has not played since 24 November where she scored the team’s only goal in a 2-1 Overtime defeat to Djurgården IF.
Good news for MODO Hockey, in a season where several of their star import players have been injured is the return oat the New Year of Marion Allemoz. After nearly two months out the French national captain and former Montreal Canadiennes forward was back in the all red MODO jersey. She answered for one assist in the team’s 3-2 victory over Djurgården IF.
Injuries at MODO, however, may have introduced a new talent to the SDHL in the shape of 6’2" (190cm) tall French national forward, Lore Baudrit. After playing for the University of Montreal she played last season for the Montreal Canadiennes. But like Allemoz, she decided on a move to Sweden playing for first division IF Björklöven where she has outclassed the opposition leading Total Points with 37 in just 12 games. Now on loan to MODO she has gained 7 points in just 4 games, statistics that surely mean a permanent move to the SDHL is imminent for the 27 year old.
In an interview with Hockeysverige St Cloud State graduate, Markström revealed that she had suffered her first ever concussion during a third match of the season on 21 September. Not realizing what had happened or the seriousness she played the following two days but has now not played for nearly four months and does not know when she will return. The 24 year old defenseman was in her second season at Brynäs IF after graduating in 2016/7 from the NCAA and had played for Sweden at the 2015/6 World Championship.