One man’s misfortune could be another man’s opportunity.
Viktor Hertzberg, one of two European players on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, could be calling it a career in the Canadian Hockey League. Battling concussion issues, Hertzberg took to Twitter Wednesday to discuss his hockey playing future.
“Taking a time out from hockey,” Hertzberg tweeted. “I won’t be playing hockey for a while due to injuries. For how long I don’t know.. No one does.”
The Swede reportedly suffered three concussions over the course of the 2010-11 season.
Hertzberg has played two games this season for Blainville-Boisbriand, scoring one goal. The six-foot, 193-pound forward is no longer listed on the Armada roster.
The move could open up an import spot for Kirill Kabanov.
Kabanov, selected by the Armada in the Lewiston MAINEiacs dispersal draft, hasn’t reported to the QMJHL club. CHL teams are only allocated two roster spots for import players, leaving Kabanov temporarily homeless. Hertzberg’s departure would leave the Armada with just one import, allowing Kabanov to join the club.
Rumours have circled that Kabanov and his agent have landed the enigmatic Russian a roster spot in Sweden. Kabanov’s departure is yet to be confirmed, though, and Hertzberg’s decision could impact Kabanov’s future in North America.