Back just before the start of the 2002-03 Ontario Hockey League season, Eric Himelfarb was traded to the Barrie Colts from the Sarnia Sting, in exchange for Joey Tenute. On January 14, 2015 Himelfarb signed with the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden’s Allsvenskan to make the two teammates over a decade later. Together with Dave Liffiton and Tony Romano, there are four OHL grads playing for the first place Redhawks in the host city of the 2014 IIHF World Juniors.
Liffiton played three years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2003-04 with the Plymouth Whalers. An extreme deep pick by the Whalers at the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, going 326th overall in the 16th round, Dave rose to become a second round pick of the Colorado Avalanche at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Dave has played pro hockey since 2004-05 in the AHL, ECHL, NHL, Denmark’s Metal Ligaen, Italy’s LIHG, Sweden’s SHL and Allvenskan. His NHL experience is limited to seven games, one with the Rangers in 2005-06, two with New York in 2006-07 and four with Colorado in 2010-11.
Liffiton was team captain of the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is currently in his second year with Malmo and wears the ‘A’.
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Himelfarb played five years in the OHL from 1999-00 to 2003-04, three with the Sting, one with Barrie and one with the Kingston Frontenacs. He was a fourth round pick by Sarnia at the 1999 OHL Priority Selection. Over his career, Eric played in 312 regular season games, totalling 387 points on 148 goals and 239 assists.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Himelfarb in the sixth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 171st overall. He played his first pro hockey in 2003-04, appearing in seven regular season and four playoff games in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Since 2004-05, Eric has played in the AHL, Switzerland’s NLA and NLB, along with Sweden’s SHL and Allsvenskan. He has played in Europe since 2007-08. Himelfarb started 2014-15 in the SHL with Leksand, appearing in 21 games. He signed with Malmo on January 14, 2015.
When he was traded to the Colts from Sarnia, Kenny Jung and Riley Moher went with him while Aaron Power and Tyler Hanchuk went to the Sting along with Tenute.
Romano left the NCAA to play two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2007-08 and 2008-09. His first year was with the London Knights and the second season was with the Peterborough Petes.
The New Jersey Devils took Tony in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 178th overall. He has played pro hockey since 2009-10 in the AHL, ECHL, Austria’s EBEL and the Allsvenskan. This is Romano’s second year in the Allsvenskan, playing for Vasteras in 2013-14.
Tenute, currently injured with a day-to-day concussion, played four years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2003-04. His first two years were with the Colts and his final two were with the Sting. Undrafted to the OHL, he became an eighth round pick of the New Jersey Devils at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 261st overall.
Joey has played pro hockey since 2004-05 in the ECHL, NHL, AHL, Finland’s Liiga, Germany’s DEL, Austria’s EBEL and the Allsvenskan. His lone NHL game was played in 2005-06 with the Washington Capitals. In his second year with Malmo, Tenute led he league in assists and points in 2013-14.
The Redhawks were founded in 1972 and were SHL championship in 1991-92 and 1993-94. The team was demoted to the Allsvenskan for the 2007-08 season and has had trouble reaching the post season since. Currently, Malmo is looking to turn around their fortunes, sitting in first place.
The team plays home games at the Malmo Arena, host to the 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. The venue opened in 2008 and seats 13,500.