BURMAN RETURNS TO SWEDEN TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY
Swedish defenseman Viktor Burman has signed a professional contract to play the 2018-19 season for Surahammars IF in Sweden’s Division 1 league. Viktor becomes the fourth player in the last two years to make the transition from the Utah Outliers to Division 1 in Sweden. The 97’ was an impact player for Utah, contributing in all situations at even strength and special teams. Viktor was tied for second amongst Outliers’ D-men with 21 points.
“I am very excited to be returning to Sweden and playing for a Division 1 team,” said Burman of his decision. “It was tough deciding between college and going home, but I feel like what I learned playing in the USA will help me succeed at the professional level.”
As for Burman’s time in Utah he had this to say, “I had a great experience with the Outliers last season. It was by far my best season and the most I have ever developed as an athlete and as a person. The program and coaches are very professional and the facilities are amazing. I am very thankful that I was able to come to Salt Lake City because it molded me into a much more complete player.”
Assistant Coach Austin Balko had nothing but positive things to say about Viktor’s game and also his decision, “Burms is the type of kid every coach hopes to work with. He continuously works and is always there for his teammates. He is one of the best character guys I have coached. He will step right into the next level and will be an instant favorite with his coaches and teammates. I wish him all the best.”
Head Coach Paul Taylor had nothing but praise for Burman and his development with the Utah Outliers. “Viktor’s growth and maturity as a player was fantastic. He worked very hard at improving his physical skills and grew tremendously in his hockey IQ. He was a very big part of our team and we are going to miss his presence on the blueline.”
The Outliers look forward to following Burman’s career and we wish him all the best in the future!