Bern is coming off a very negative season – the Bears missed the playoffs – and just lost the fans favourite Mark Arcobello. These are two bad news. The club, however, has certainly every intention of getting back on track next season and the first “great transfer” answers to the name of Ted Brithén who is coming from Rögle BK, where he played the last three seasons and where, moreover, played youth hockey.
Let’s get to know more this new import player that already promises to be one of the best centers of the National League.
Date of birth: 25 novembre 1990
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TED BRITHÉN – CAREER
Ted Brithén was born on November 25th, 1990 and played youth hockey with Rögle BK where his grandfather Hilmer was the chairman back in the 50s. He made his debut with the first team – in the SHL – during the 2008-09 season.
At the end of that season he was drafted at the CHL import draft by the Sarnia Sting (OHL) at the second round, team for which he collected 9 appearances (3 points) during the 2009-10 season. Those dozen appearances, however, remained the only ones of his career overseas. Ted in fact, is undrafted – he was eligible at the 2010 NHL draft – and always played in his homeland Sweden.
Starting from the 2010-11 season Ted Brithén became a regular in the roster of the first team of Rögle BK, team that meanwhile was relegated to the Allsvenskan. He helped his youth team go back to the SHL at the end of the 2011-12 campaign and after another season spent under coach Roger Hansson – currently head coach of the EVZ Academy – he transferred to HV71 where he played 4 seasons, until the end of the 2016-17 that saw him crowned Swedish Champions, and where he was the captain of the team for two years.
At that point he “moved back home” and more precisely he transferred again to Rögle BK, where he spent the last 3 seasons before leaving Sweden for the first time of his professional career and join Bern in our league.
Overall, in the SHL, Ted Brithén collected 407 appearances and tallied 251 points (91 goals) and especially during the last two seasons he was among the most precious players of the league.
TED BRITHÉN – THE PLAYER
Ted Brithén – 186cm x 86kg – is a Swedish center and is coming off a season during which he collected 33 appearances tallying 37 points (15 goals). Based on eliteprospect.com, Ted is a smart two-way center with a good shot, also useful on both power-play and penalty-kill.
In order to get to know him better we had the pleasure to get in touch again with our friend Mattias Ek, sport writer at “HockeyNews.se”. We asked him what he thinks about Ted Brithén. Below, his impressions on the player.
In my view he was the best centerman in the league. He is somewhat of a traditional Swedish centerman, hardworking, with an excellent hockey sense and he keeps making his linemates better. Looking at the faceoffs Brithén is one of the best players in the Swedish Hockey League, especially in the offensive zone.
He scored 37 points (15 + 22) in 33 games in the SHL after recovering from a nasty injury in the beginning of the season as he was hit by a puck in the face in the first game. Brithén is turning 30 in November and has all the experience needed to make the transition to the Swiss national league as smoothly as possible. He has developed his goal scoring ability and is strong physically as well as in possession of the puck.
Ted Brithén comes from a hockey family where his grandfather Hilmer once was the chairman of Rögle BK (in the 1950’s), and both his father Jim and elder brother Tim are hockey coaches. Ted is a twin father these days so who knows if he himself turns into a hockey coach and the legacy of the Brithén family moves on to the next generation.
Thank you very much, Mattias.
TED BRITHÉN – OUR IMPRESSION
We think Mattias is an expert of ice hockey in Sweden and since he thinks that Ted Brithén was the best center of the SHL… well, that’s something that bodes very well. We all know in fact, that in hockey and in Switzerland it’s crucial to have a dominant center for the first line. It’s a key position and the right man in the right place can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful season. Obviously Ted Brithén “weaknesses” is represented by the fact that he never played out of Sweden – if we exclude those dozen appearances in the OHL – but, on paper, this 29 years old Swedish forward seems to have all it takes to have a great impact in Switzerland.
Ted Brithén already scored a goal in Switzerland… it happened on September 5th, 2014. On that day, Kloten hosted HV71 for a Champions Hockey League game and the Swedish – who lined up also the former Lugano and Bienne Chris Campoli other than the former Davos Mattias Tedenby – earned a clear 5-0 road win. Ted Brithén scored the fourth goal for the visitors.
Video SRF.CH. Ted Brithén’s goal starting from 01:58