Tyson Brouwer signs with Swedish team Soderhamn/Ljusne HC
The Jimmies netminder is the 11th player in program history to play professional hockey after graduating.
SODERHAMN, SWEDEN — After spending six years as the starting netminder for the University of Jamestown, Tyson Brouwer is going 4,158 miles away to play for Soderhamn/Ljusne Hockey Club in the town of Ljusne, Sweden.
The team plays in the fourth tier of Swedish hockey, HockeyTvaan.
Brouwer will also double as the goalie coach for the organization’s youth teams.
Brouwer is the second consecutive Canadian goalie to suit up for the team after Simon Hofley did so in the 2021-22 season. During his Jimmies career, Brouwer played in 165 games having a 71-49-4 record, with 12 shutouts. His best goals against average for a season was 1.76 goals against average in the 19-20 season. His best save percentage for a season was a .936% also in the 19-20 season.
Brouwer said the process of signing with Ljusne happened very quickly once he signed with an agency, ScandAmerican, and graduated.
Despite having some competition for playing time, Brouwer said he is confident he will be starting ahead of the team's other goalie Fillip Lundgren when the team hits the ice for its first game of the 2022-23 season on Sept. 24.
“I know Fillip (Lundgren), I haven’t obviously met him or really talked to him,” Brouwer said. “I know he’s a pretty young guy so I’m just going to help with (Lundgren's) development. So, I’m really excited for that.”
Brouwer is the 11th player in Jimmies history to play professional hockey after graduating and is the sixth player to play in Sweden.
“I’ve had a lot of contact with pretty much all the guys that have played pro over the last two years,” Brouwer said. “I don’t want to say they were waiting for me to do it but once I did sign a lot of people reached out and said congrats. I’ve been asking the Prusses (Allan and Michael) quite a few questions because they were over in Europe as well, same with Jeremy McNeil and then Tyler Chavez-Leech obviously played in North America, so a different experience for him. But he still had some knowledge of the pro game for me. So, I definitely picked his brain and he’s trying to head over to Europe as well, it would be nice if we could end up on the same team but we’ll see what happens.”
The six former Jimmies to play in Sweden before Brouwer are Jeremy McNeil, Trevor Okino, Allan Pruss, Michael Pruss, and Brandon Schaber.
Brouwer is expected to be joined on the roster by fellow Canadian Julian Vander Voet and American Killian Hammersmith, which Brouwer said he hopes will make the adjustment easier.
“I think all the imports are in the same boat unless they had played in Europe prior but I think we’re hopefully going to stick together and take it day by day," he said. "Obviously having people speaking English and from North America will be helpful but English is pretty common over there so I’m not too worried.”
Brouwer said he is ready for the challenges that will come but is looking forward to going to Ljusne in the last week of August or first week in September.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Brouwer said. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me and tell me how great of an opportunity it is and how lucky I am. Obviously, I feel the same way but yeah, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I think when it gets closer I will get a little more excited but just worried about getting through the summer first.”