Ever since Rögle qualified for the 2008-09 season of the Elite Series, I’ve been toying with the idea of unofficially making them my team of choice in Sweden. After all, their logo has an uncanny resemblance to that of the glorious Edmonton Oilers.
Today, I learned of further details that only convince me more that an allegiance is brewing. Rögle has signed the Canadian-born twin brothers Cam and Chris Abbott.
It may be a stretch to suggest it, but I hereby make the case of their Oiler connections as follows:
- Though neither brother was ever drafted, both played with the Oil’s ECHL farm club the Stockton Thunder, albeit only 6 games between them (Chris 4, Cam 2).
- After bouncing about the ECHL (whimsical story told here), they became a powerhouse duo as part of the CHL Bossier-Shreveport Mudbogs. The Mudbogs support club call themsleves the Boilers.
- Now, each twin has signed a one-year contract to play in Sweden’s top hockey league with the Oiler, er, Rögle logo on their chest.
File under... to be continued.