Heartlanders Forward Departs for Europe

Hunter Jones, Kyle Masters, and Louis Boudon Celebrate Iowa's First ever win in Cincinnati.

Coralville, Iowa- On May 27th, the Nybro Vikings of HockeyAllsvenskan in Sweden announced the signing of French International forward Louis Boudon.

The Nybro Vikings, located in Nybro, Sweden, are known as a staple in the second tier of the Swedish Professional Hockey system.

Following a 47-point season split between the Iowa Heartlanders and Iowa Wild, Boudon tallied 3 assists at the IIHF World Championships and put himself on the radar of large European teams.

Louis also led the Iowa Heartlanders in total points and was set to take home the team assist crown as well before Casey Dornbach stole the crown from him in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Kansas City in their last game of the season.

“I think it is the right step for my career and for my development. I am looking forward to learning the Swedish style of play, which is one of the best in the world. Signing for Nybro Vikings was, in my opinion, the best choice I could make for me personally and for my development as a hockey player,” Boudon told Vikings media through a translator. He went on to explain that he waited until after the IIHF World Championships to make his decision, but also thanked the teams he played with in the US for helping him develop as a player and person.

Heartlander fans and Lake Superior State are thankful for his contributions and leadership on these teams in the eight years he spent in the United States and wish him the best as he heads back to Europe.

To relive Boudon’s best moments in Iowa, here is a highlight reel created by the Nybro Vikings:

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