After a standout career at Syracuse, forward Victoria Klimek ’22 will continue her playing career overseas. Klimek has signed a professional contract to play with Leksands IF, a Swedish ice hockey team for the 2022-23 season.
The Orangeville, Ontario native played in 163 games in the Orange uniform, the most ever for a Syracuse player, recording 73 points (38G, 35A). The 2021-22 alternate captain was a member of the two College Hockey America championship teams at Syracuse (2018-19 and 2021-22).
“I feel privileged for the opportunity to represent the association (Leksands IF). After having good meetings with the management of Leksands IF, I feel confident that is the right choice for me,” Klimek said about the signing. “I see myself as a competitive, passionate and intense player who loves to win. I value hard teamwork and I look forward to continuing to contribute 100 percent in every situation to the team. I always try to contribute with a positive attitude and really look forward to what we can achieve as a team.”
Klimek graduated from Syracuse with an undergraduate degree in communication and rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Preforming Arts in 2021 and earned a certificate of advanced study in conflict and collaboration in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs while playing her fifth year in 2021-22.
“We bring in Victoria from Syracuse University where she has been a stable producing player throughout her college years,” Leksands IF coach, Alexander Bröms, said. “We hope she will continue to produce points also in SDHL. I am very much looking forward to working with Victoria.”