FREMONT, Neb. – Ben Henry, a recent graduate of Midland University and four-year captain of the men’s hockey team, has signed with Hällefors IK. The team is located in Hällefors, Sweden a small town in the southern part of the country in northern Europe.
After competing four years for the Warriors, Henry was not quite ready to hang up his skates after graduation. He began exploring options this spring with the help of head coach Jason Cirone. They were able to make contact with various teams and got his name out to scouts and professional teams all over the globe. HIK showed quite a bit of interest and after viewing game film and exchanging emails and phone calls, they liked what they saw in Henry and worked out a contract for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
“I am very excited about playing overseas and very grateful to be given the opportunity to play at a professional level,” commented Henry. “I have been working for this for a very long time and I’m glad that all the time and hard work has paid off. I hope to play for a long time and can’t wait to prove myself over there.”
HIK competes as one of the top team in Division 3 in Sweden. A season ago they were one win away from being promoted to Division 2.
“I can’t thank Midland enough for what they have done for me the past four years,” he continued. “I want to thank Coach Cirone for all that he has done. He has pushed me while I was there and taught me so much along the way. I could not have done this without him. I am grateful to have been a Warrior.”
Ben came to Midland as part of the program’s first recruiting class in 2014 and helped build Midland Hockey to what it is. He was voted captain of the team all four years and holds many school records. He holds the mark for goals in a season (25) and is first in several career stats. He is has the records for goals scored (78), assists (98), points (176), and games played (146) during his four years as a Warrior.
“We are proud of Ben and what he accomplished here at Midland,” Coach Cirone stated. “He worked hard for this opportunity and will definitely be successful because of his great work ethic.”
Henry has been training back in his home state of Michigan before heading overseas this fall.