By Chris Block
Kyle Beach will make his Swedish Hockey League debut later today for the HV71 hockey club. He will wear sweater number 8.
Beach was officially loaned to HV71 on September 29th. He learned of the opportunity to play hockey this season in Sweden the day before in a meeting with Blackhawks officials after an IceHogs team meeting at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. He flew to Sweden the next day. At the time, HV71 general manager Fredrick Stillman indicated that Beach was being taken in on a three week “try-out” agreement. Although, Stillman was quoted as saying “the hope is it will work out well and he will remain throughout the year.”
In the video interview above, Beach gave the indication that his journey to Sweden may not be a brief one.
“I’m coming over here with an open mind,” Beach told the reporter. “I’m just here. I want to help this team win and get into the playoffs.”