This year, Alex Hutchings got knocked down a notch by Joseph Blandisi when it comes to scoring goals for the Barrie Colts. He’s still among the franchise’s best. He’s heading north for 2015-16, moving from Germany to Sweden. This past season, Hutchings was an offensive standout with Eispiraten Crimmitschau. He has signed with Bjorkloven for the upcoming campaign.
Hutchings played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-07 to 2009-10 with the Barrie Colts. At the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, Barrie took Alex in the second round, 36th overall. He stands seventh all-time in Colts history with 208 career points. His 111 goals rank him fifth and his 229 regular season games played placed him ninth.
Alex’s most outstanding season came in 2009-10, helping the franchise to one of their most outstanding seasons. Playing the full 68 game schedule, Hutchings scored 47 goals and assisted on 34 for 81 points. He tied for fourth in the OHL in goal scoring with Jeremy Morin of the Kitchener Rangers, behind teammate Bryan Cameron, Jeff Skinner of the Rangers and Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers. That single season goal total is now the fifth highest in team history with Blandisi jumping into the number two spot with his 52 goals in 2014-15.
That Colts team finished first overall, winning the Hamilton Spectator Trophy, with an amazing 57 wins and 116 points. Barrie reached the finals but were swept another team having an amazing season, the Windsor Spitfires.
The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Hutchings in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 93rd overall. Alex signed an entry level contract with Tampa in September of 2010. Since 2010-11, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL and Germany’s DEL2. With the Rochester Americans of the AHL, he played in the 2013 Spengler Cup. The team went winless in the tournament.
In 2014-15, Hutchings played in the DEL2 with Eispiraten Crimmitschau. Over 50 regular season games, he scored 22 and assisted on 40 for 62 points. Alex tied for eighth in the league for points and tied for sixth in the assists department.
Die Eispiraten finished isolated in 12th in the 14 team league, 12 points behind the eleventh place EC Bad Nauheim and 28 points ahead of the 13th place Heilbronner Falken. He has signed for 2015-16 with IF Bjorkloven of Sweden’s Allsvenskan.
In 2014-15, Bjorkloven placed sixth in the 14 team Allsvenskan over the 52 game regular season schedule. The team was formed in 1970 and has since bounced between the three tiers of Swedish elite hockey: SHL, Allsvenskan and Division 1. They were promoted back to the Allsvenskan for 2013-14 after three years in Division 1.
IF Bjorkloven plays home games at the 6,000 seat T3 Center in Umea, Sweden. The venue is a classic that opened in 1963. Umea is a city in northern Sweden on the Ume River, near the Gulf of Bothnia – the extension of the Baltic Sea that separates Sweden and Finland. The city has a population of around 80,000 and a metro total of around 112,000.