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Canucks winger Mason Raymond heads to Europe


OREBRO, SE (NEWS1130) – Vancouver winger Mason Raymond is headed overseas to play. The speedster will play for Orebro of the Hockey Allsvenskan, which is the second tier of Swedish pro hockey.

Raymond is scheduled to play in a road game on January 3. He inked a month long deal, which will enable him to play 11 games in January.

Raymond played in 55 games for the Canucks last season, registering 10 goals and 10 assists. The 27-year-old was coming off fracturing two vertebrae in game six of the Stanley Cup final versus the Bruins in Boston in June of 2010.

Last July, Raymond signed a one-year $2.75-million deal with the Canucks.

Here’s what the Orebro clubs’ website said about the signing.

“In Mason, we get a global player to the squad. One of the NHL’s best skaters and a forward of a very high class. We have received good testimonials from Jared Aulin who says Mason both as a person and hockey player, which we think is extremely positive.”

Aulin is a former Kamloops Blazer who is third in league scoring with nine goals and 23 assists in 31 games.

Orebro sits in eighth place in the 14-team league.

Orebro is located in the centre of Sweden, 200 kilometres west of Stockholm and is known as the town of cycling in Sweden.