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Almost 1,000 games in the NHL.
Now the Malmö Redhawks want to bring in the retired Frans Nielsen.
– We want him in, says club manager Patrik Sylvegård.

For the Malmö Redhakws audience, Frans Nielsen is not an unknown name. Last summer, he chose to leave the NHL after almost 15 seasons, and many rumors then placed the Dane in the Redhawks. But that never happened.

Can return to the SHL team

Nielsen instead chose to play his last season as a hockey professional in Germany and the Eisbären Berlin, where during the winter he scored 27 points in 33 games played. Nielsen also played in the WC and Olympics with Denmark, but has now ended his career.

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Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen celebrates his shootout goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Detroit. Detroit won 5-4. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Nielsen can look back on a career that included stints with the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, where he was also an assistant captain in his final seasons. Nielsen played a total of 925 games in the world’s best hockey league, where he also accounted for 473 points. Now he can finally land in Malmö Redhawks anyway, despite the fact that his career has ended.

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“Want to have him in the business”

Frans Nielsens played in Malmö during the beginning of his career, and it was also where he made his senior debut in the early 00s. The relationship has been kept warm since then, and now the Redhawks want to bring the Danish icon into the club.

– We want him involved in our business in some way, says club manager Patrik Sylvegård to Sydsvenskan.

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161125 Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Green and Frans Nielsen celebrate after the 1-2 goal during the NHL ice hockey game between the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 25 in New Jersey. Photo: Joel Marklund / BILDBYRÅN

It would be valuable routine for the Malmö Redhawks to get in. No Danish player has scored more games, goals, assists or points in the NHL than Frans Nielsen. Since his retirement from hockey, Nielsen has worked as a consultant for the NHL team Seattle Krakens, regarding player development, so what his role in the Malmö Redhawks would be is unclear.

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