Versteeg lasted played for Avangard Omsk in the KHL, where he scored three goals with two assists in 11 games. The winger last played in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, tallying three goals and eight points in 24 games during the 2017-18 season. When Versteeg arrived Thursday at Vida Arena in Växjö, Sweden, he brought his gear in a Flames bag.
Nu är han även hunnit göra sig hemmastadd i VIDA Arena, #10 Kris Versteeg. Missa inte en videointervju med honom som publiceras senare under kvällen i Växjö Lakers kanaler.#vaxjolakers #shl #vidaarena pic.twitter.com/6vL6SB9shP— Växjö Lakers (@vaxjolakers) February 7, 2019
The Blackhawks acquired Versteeg from Boston in February 2007 for Brandon Bochenski. He played the rest of that season and the next in the AHL before making the NHL roster on a full-time basis. He helped the Blackhawks end their Stanley Cup drought in 2010 before he was traded to Toronto in a multi-player trade that summer.
Versteeg then played for Toronto, Philadelphia and Florida before he was re-acquired by Chicago in November 2013. He played the next two seasons with the Blackhawks and won a second Cup in 2015 then was traded again to Carolina, where he played before stops in Los Angeles and Calgary.
The Lakers won the SHL playoffs last season for their second Le Mat Trophy since 2015. They currently sit in ninth place in the 14-team league with 13 regular-season games left.