The leaders of Genève-Servette Hockey Club are proud to announce that 30-year old Swedish defender Johan Fransson has signed a two-year contract with the club until the end of the 2016-2017 season.
Johan Fransson hails from Kalix, in the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia. He first played ice hockey with his local team before joining the area’s biggest club: Luleå Hockey. Fransson’s first games as a professional came in 2002-2003 with the Swedish team. He then began touring Europe in 2006-2007 joining various teams such as the Frölunda Indians (Sweden), Ässät Pori (Finland), Linköping (Sweden) and Lugano (Switzerland).
Fransson went back to Luleå where he played until 2014, except for a short spell at SKA St-Petersburg during the 2011-2012 season. In the summer of 2014, he came back to Switzerland, to marshal the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers’ defence. He was however unable to save the St. Gallen team from relegation in April.
On an international level, Johan has regularly been called up by the Swedish team – at youth and adult level – winning 114 caps for the Tre Kronor, a world title in 2013 against Switzerland, and a bronze medal the following year.
Chris McSorley: “Johan Fransson proved in the last season that he is one of the best attacking defenders in the National League A. We had to fight off a lot of competition to recruit him and we underwent a lengthy process before finally getting him to sign up. Still, we’re glad we got hold of a very dynamic player who will easily and quickly fit into our system. We’re happy to welcome Johan and his family to Geneva for the next two seasons or more.”
Johan Fransson: “Last season, I played a few games with Rapperswil against GSHC and they were our toughest opponents. They left me with the impression of a good and well-organised team. As such, I’m looking forward to joining them and to getting to know the Geneva players and supporters. Chris McSorley knows me from the games I played and I know what he’ll be expecting from me for the next seasons. I simply hope to be able to help the team to the best of my abilities, to play some good hockey and to help GSHC win titles.”
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Date of birth: 18 February 1985