The sign of an Örebro fan, updated for accuracy.
On Boxing Day, it was announced that Mason Raymond would be heading overseas in the new year to join Örebro of Sweden’s second-tier league, HockeyAllsvenskan. The timing was a little strange, what with the NHL and NHLPA only having a few more weeks before they’d either have to announce a deal or announce the year was lost, but Raymond’s timing has been a little off ever since he returned from his back injury. So we won’t hold that against him.
The Canucks winger made his Swedish-league debut on January 3rd, 2012, in a 4-3 loss to Mora. He had no points and, worse, he had no shots. His home debut, however, went a little better. Örebro eked out a 3-2 shootout win, led by a strong performance from Raymond, who found his legs to score his first goal. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t just a first home game and his first goal — it was his only home game and his only goal. The very next day, the lockout ended.
There was some confusion over whether Mason Raymond’s 11-game contract had an out clause, but according to agent J.P. Barry, it did. Thus, At the time of this writing, Raymond is on his way home, his adventure in Sweden having lasted all of two games.
That makes the goal he scored extra-special, since it’s very likely the only HockeyAllsvenskan goal he’ll ever score.
So let’s watch it. Click here or click the image below for highlights of the game. Raymond’s goal, a powerplay marker on a slapshot from the top of the zone, is the first of the clip.
Pretty typical Raymond goal. You can see him initially curling at the top of the circle looking for his trademark wrister, but when the shooting lane is cut off, he dishes the puck, then winds up for a one-timer instead. Maybe Raymond can get a copy of the tape and use it to suggest the Canucks try him at the point on the first-unit?
If Raymond’s play in his home debut was any indication of how he might play going forward, Orebro was going to love him. Not only did Raymond score the game’s opening goal – he registered a whopping 11 shots on net, 6 more than anyone else on either side.
He was also all over the Örebro game recap, which, as usual, is rendered hilarious through the magic of Google Translate.
The match started at a fast pace where the game flowed back and forth. After 4:05 Mason Raymond got a good location to pop zero, but Patrick Galbraith in Oskarshamn goal survived.
Of course, we know that, later in the game, Raymond did finally manage to “pop zero”.
Fans were excited about Raymond’s play. This tweet essentially translates to: I am already looking forward to Wednesday’s match to see more of Mason Raymond.
— Henrik Andersson (@StanTheMan1978) January 6, 2013
Unfortunately, Raymond won’t be there Wednesday. He’ll be in Vancouver. Sorry, Henrik Andersson, but Mason Raymond popping zero in Sweden was a one-time thing.