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Johnny Boychuk Signs with Austria's Red Bull Salzberg

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Johnny Boychuk has decided to go to Austria to play and wait for the NHL lockout to end, making him the 11th member of the Boston Bruins to head overseas.

He will join EC Red Bull Salzberg, an Austrian top-tier team that already has two locked-out NHL players, Alex Auld and David Clarkson, on the roster. Until recently, Tobias Enstrom was there too, but he has left and so Boychuk will take his slot on the lineup as import defenseman.

Among Red Bull Salzberg's achievements are EBEL championships in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The team is currently in ninth place out of 12 in the league with 20 points from 20 games played. They also have a fully-functional English version of the team website--a feature that actually isn't very common among European hockey team websites from what I have seen in covering the Bruins in Europe.

Of note: four of the teams in the Austrian top league aren't even located in Austria. One is Croatia's KHL Medvescak Zagreb, a strange hybrid since its name touts an association with the Kontinental league, but right now it's not there, though it does plan to join up with the KHL for 2013-14. Another is HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana, located in Slovenia. Orli Znojmo is in the Czech Republic and SAPA Fehervar AV19 is in Hungary.

Though Red Bull Salzberg has a game on Nov. 16, I highly doubt that will be Boychuk's debut--the turnaround time is just too soon. He'll most likely debut later in the month, perhaps on Nov. 23 against the aforementioned Zagreb team.

Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who also covers the team for Examiner and Rant Media Group.

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