Spencer Abbott enjoyed his short stay in Rockford, which came after it was acquired by the Blackhawks in February 2015. At the time, he thought coming here was his most likely plan.
Then he got an offer Frölunda, Sweden.
"I thought, 'why not give it a shot? Perhaps it will be a good experience and bring it with me, "said Abbott Monday. "It was worth it, for sure. I have no regrets."
Abbott, who is back with the Blackhawks, has never been to Europe before getting this job Frölunda. But his first trip across the pond was a good as Abbott was part of the race Frölunda his Swedish titles and league hockey champions. Abbott had 14 goals and 21 assists in 51 regular season games. Abbott won many games, but not nearly as much as he did in the team training camp.
"The first month and a half that you are there, you're 8 [a.m.] to 4 [p.m.] every day. I think here there is a rule prohibiting to be here for more than 3-4 hours, but not there. It's like a 9-5 job for a month and a half, a lot of work, a lot of cycling. So for me, which was good because I had never been in this kind of shape before, "said Abbott, who added that he tries to incorporate some of that into his routine here." training camps here are difficult, but they are just different there. There is a lot of ice, more ice [abroad], so they really determine you. So my packaging can be a little better. "
Abbott much enjoyed his time in Sweden, he finally wanted to be back in the NHL. So when the Blackhawks was offered a one-year contract, he jumped on it. He had a good start this training camp, scoring some goals early scrimmages team.
"I do not know how it would play, to be honest. I am 28 and early in the summer, they showed an interest, "said Abbott. "This is one of the places I really wanted to come, because I really like the organization when I was here for this short period of time. Now I get the full effect as long as they are me. It is a good organization. "
Abbott would probably have continued to play overseas, but he wanted another chance in the NHL. He is happy, he is once more coming in the Blackhawks organization.
"It's overwhelming. There are so many places to play hockey nowadays in Europe. There are tons of leagues there. But it did not interest me, "he said." I wanted to come back and give it another chance. "