Canadian forward Wickenheiser set to join men’s team in Sweden

Hayley Wickenheiser is taking another shot at playing professional men’s hockey in Europe. The captain of the Canadian women’s team is close to signing with the Sweden’s IFK Arboga, a Division 1 club two levels below the Elite Division.

“We’re going to make a decision today or tomorrow and it’s looking pretty good,” Arboga general manager Niklas Johansson said today.

Wickenheiser also said in an e-mail today that she was close to signing with the team.

This is the second time the 29-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., has ventured into a European men’s pro league. She became the first woman other than a goaltender to play men’s pro hockey in 2003 when she spent parts of two seasons with Kirkkonummi Salamat of the Finnish men’s pro league.

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