Danish defender Stefan Lassen today announced his retirement from hockey at age 35, after spending last season with Almtuna of the Swedish second division, wrapping up a 19 year professional career.
The Herning native first joined his hometown Blue Fox of the Metal Ligaen in 2003 for his first two pro seasons, capturing a Danish championship in his debut season, before moving to Frederikshavn in 2004. Lassen returned to Blue Fox after one year for another four seasons, capturing another two championships in 2007 and 2008. Lassen would make the jump to Sweden in 2009, spending single seasons with Leksands and Djurgårdens before two years with the Malmö Redhawks. Lassen would spend two seasons with Graz of the Austrian League and three years with Pelicans of the Liiga, before his final two seasons with Almtuna of the HockeyAllsvenskan.
Lassen first joined the national team at the 2002 Under 18 Division I championships, before joining the Under-20 Division I World Junior team for three consecutive years from 2003-05. Lassen’s first national team call-up was at the 2007 World Championships, his first of ten World Championships that helped the Lions became a permanent mainstay in the senior Top Division. Lassen was also part of the unsuccessful Olympic Qualification squads in 2013 and 2017, wrapping his international career with 20 points and 143 penalty minutes in 176 games.
With Denmark only winning the IHLC on three occasions, Lassen was part of the first two reigns, winning the inaugural title at the 2010 Polessye Cup and the 2014 Worlds, both ironically held in Belarus. We wish Stefan and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!