Ben Hawerchuk, the son of former NHL legend Dale Hawerchuk, has found a new home after signing with Ostersunds IK in Hockeyettan, the 3rd tier of professional hockey in Sweden. The news was broke by Dale's eldest son and Ben's brother, Eric on Twitter last night. It was also reported earlier in the day on Ostersunds IK's Twitter account.

The signing comes just a month after Dale passed away following a battle with stomach cancer. Ben spent his entire five-year junior career with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, being coached by his father.

Ben was drafted in the 6th round, 109th overall in the 2014 OHL priority selection draft by the Barrie Colts. In 290 career OHL games, Hawerchuk had 136 points (67 G, 69 A), 344 penalty minutes, and was a -47. Following the conclusion of his OHL career, Ben signed a tryout contract with Motor Ceske Budejovic in the Czech league, but after hearing the news that his father was diagnosed with cancer, Ben returned home.

After returning home, he signed with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL, putting up 3 points (2 G, 1 A), 10 penalty minutes, and was a -4. Ben then opted to go and continue playing the 2019-20 season at the University of New Brunswick (Usports), where he had 8 points (1 G, 7 A), 16 penalty minutes and was a +7.

We wish Ben all the best in his upcoming season in Sweden.

Source: Ostersunds IK
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020  (11H29)