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Winterhawks Alum Oliver Bjorkstrand Returns to the Pacific Northwest in Trade to Kraken

July 22, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Former Portland Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand will once again ply his trade in the PNW come hockey season following a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Seattle Kraken.

Bjorkstrand was dealt to the Kraken on Friday after seven years in Ohio, where he racked up 111 goals and 234 points in 382 career games with the Blue Jackets. Columbus originally selected the Herning, Denmark native in the third round, 89th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and he went on to serve as one of the club's alternate captains last season.

Before starring for the Blue Jackets, Bjorkstrand spent three productive seasons in the Rose City as a fan favorite from 2012-15. After being selected 26th overall in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, Bjorkstrand made an early impact with 63 points in 65 games as a rookie on the Winterhawks' 2013 Ed Chynoweth Cup-winning team. From there, his scoring skyrocketed as he notched 50 goals and 109 points to help the Hawks to another Western Conference title during the 2013-14 campaign, then led the team with 63 goals and 115 points as an alternate captain in 2014-15.

Bjorkstrand also represented Denmark on the international stage during each of his three years in Portland, culminating in appearances in both the World Junior Championship and Men's World Championship during the 2014-15 season, and remains active with the Danish National Team as a professional.

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