Now EC Red Bull Salzburg is in a position to benefit from the current NHL lockout. Swedish defender Tobias Enström is to join the Red Bulls with immediate effect. Not only is he a top player, he is also extremely experienced. Over the last five years the 27-year-old Swede has played 380 games in the NHL, plus he was Swedish champion with MODO and has made multiple World Championships and Olympic Games appearances with the Swedish national team. Tobias Enström spent the 2011-2012 season with the Winnipeg Jets, where he was assistant captain – a position he also enjoyed with the Atlanta Thrashers in the season before that –, racking up 6 goals and 27 assists from 62 games.
The Winnipeg Jets have only existed since last season, incidentally, having been formed from the Atlanta Thrashers, who in the previous year were relocated and renamed within the NHL. Tobias Enström, contracted to the Atlanta Thrashers since the 2007-2008 season, therefore made the move from the state of Georgia in the southeastern United States to Winnipeg in southern Canada one and a half years ago. "It was a bit strange at first, but the people in Winnipeg are crazy about ice hockey. To play there is just incredible. The arena is already sold out for the next five years' home games," says the 1.80 m defender, commenting on his club's relocation.
Salzburg's head coach is also delighted to have signed the new Swedish defender: "We're trying to bring good international players with passion and dreams to Salzburg. Tobias is a prime example." Tobias Enström has already arrived in Salzburg and is set to complete his first ice training session late this afternoon. Tomorrow, Tuesday, he will join the rest of the team, who have a day off from training today. The Swede could make his Erste Bank Eishockey Liga debut in Friday's away game in Dornbirn. The Red Bulls have agreed a contract with Tobias Enström through to the end of the current season (with NHL exit clause).