After a five year NHL career and seven years of playing hockey in North America, it seems that Norwegian defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen is returning to Europe. MODO Hockey, the Swedish club which boasted former NHL stars Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund this past season, and which developed many of the top Swedish players currently in the NHL, announced yesterday that Tollefsen would join their team for the 2010-11 season.
Tollefsen was a pretty decent third pairing defenceman for the Columbus Blue Jackets for a couple of seasons, and played in a career high 70 games in 2006-07 (going plus-2 for the woeful Jackets). He’s a stay-at-home defenceman who plays a physical style, and for awhile that was enough to keep him in the NHL. Unfortunately, over the last two seasons a series of injuries have damaged Tollefsen’s career: he’s had knee surgery, multiple concussions, and missed a chunk of the middle of the season with an MCL injury.
Philadelphia signed Tollefsen in the off-season, but with injuries he ended up playing only 18 games for the club. Midway through the season, Philadelphia traded him to Detroit in exchange for Ville Leino, and Detroit promptly assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, where he finished off the season.