Skalde leaving PrairieThunder for Austrian League

January 25, 2008 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Bloomington PrairieThunder News Release

Bloomington PrairieThunder player/assistant coach Jarrod Skalde has signed a contract to play for HK Jesenice of the Austrian Hockey League for the remainder of the season, team officials announced Friday.

Skalde, who departed from the PrairieThunder on Friday, suffered a broken right fibula during the second game of the season and missed two months before returning to the lineup eight games ago. He scored five goals and added four assists for nine points in that time span.

"It was strictly a family issue," said Skalde, whose wife and 9-year-old daughter lived in Orlando, while he and his 4-year-old son had lived in Bloomington since the start of the season.

"It's been very difficult for my wife and daughter to be away from us. Plus, my wife just started a business in Orlando a short time ago that she's trying to make a go of. The season in Europe only has about a month left, so I can be back at home with my family in a short time."

The HK Jesenice team is located in Jesenice, Slovenia and plays in the Erste Bank League.

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