IHM Client Philip Alftberg Signs With HC Vita Hästen

by Chris White

International Hockey Management is proud to announce that client, Philip Alftberg, has signed with HC Vita Hästen in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan! Alftberg just earned his degree from St. Lawrence UniversityNCAA Division-I. The right shot Märsta native stands 5'8 and weighs 181 pounds. Alftberg was born January 19, 1997 and is entering his rookie season of professional hockey.

The former Brynäs IF defender was raised in the Wings HC Arlanda program, and made his North American debut in 2016-2017, when he played with the Tri-City Storm and Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. Alftberg was a two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team member, and proved his versatility by filling in at forward for parts of his rookie season. Alftberg represented Uppland at the 2012 TV-pucken tournament for the country's top 15 year-olds. Then, in 2013-2014, Alftberg competed for the Sweden U17 team at the World Hockey Championships. The following season, Alftberg made his SHL debut with Brynäs IF, and was a member of Team Sweden at the U18 Gretzky Hlinka Cup. Alftberg has also earned some hardware, in his career, winning J18 SM Guld in 2014-2015, in addition to being a 2020-2021 ECAC Champion.

HC Vita Hästen plays their home games in Norrköping, Sweden at the Himmelstalundshallen. Last season, the White Horses finished 11th in HockeyAllsvenskan, with a record of 18-24-2-8. Their 180 Goals Against were 3rd-worst in the league. Head Coach Tony Zabel's defensive core in 2021-2022 features Jonathan Racine, a former 3rd Round NHL Draft pick of the Florida Panthers, with nearly 300 AHL games to his credit, and Colby Scissons, a former Swift Current Broncos standout in the WHL, who has registered nearly 60 Points the last two seasons in the ECHL. Alftberg represents the 4th defenseman signing announced by the club. He is also the 2nd IHM client to sign with HC Vita Hästen (Hampus Olsson).

International Hockey Management President, Chris White, commented, 

We are very pleased at how quickly this process was, from Philip joining the IHM Team to signing his first professional contract in HockeyAllsvenskan. This will be a great opportunity for Philip, and HC Vita Hästen will be looking to improve on their 2020-2021 campaign; especially in the defensive end of the rink. Philip is a very versatile defenseman with big game experience in both Sweden and the United States. As a 24 year-old, he is not your typical rookie age, so we expect him to step right in and contribute.

Philip added,

IHM has been professional from the start, helping me find a team for the next season. I have only heard good things about Vita Hästen, and I’m excited to be playing on a big ice sheet in Sweden again.

HC Vita Hästen Head Coach, Tony Zabel, noted,

Philip is a well-trained player with good positioning. His main qualities are a strong skating, his passing game, and a good understanding of the game.


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