Swedish defenseman Eric Hjorth — a fourth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2019 National Hockey League draft — has signed with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Hjorth, who has a 2001 birth date, was Sarnia’s first-round pick, 17th overall, at the recent Canadian Hockey League import draft.
“Eric is a big bodied defender with a heavy release who skates and sees the ice extremely well,” relayed Sarnia general manager Nick Sinclair. “He has natural offensive instincts and a strong ability to drive the rush and make plays to get pucks back up the ice.
“We believe that he has the makeup to be a high impact player for our club,” Sinclair added.