Sport in Brief: Nielsen ices impressive NHL mark

In other news, Hansen calls it quits and Copenhagen splashes out for football

The Danish ice hockey player Frans Nielsen cemented his position as Denmark’s best ever NHL player by scoring his 300th point during the NY Islanders’ 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks at the weekend. The Dane, 31, scored his 100th goal and notched his 200th assist in front of a boisterous crown of 11,577 at the Barclays Center in New York. Nielsen became the first Danish national to play in the NHL when he made his debut for the Islanders on 6 January 2007.

Copenhagen investing in football
It is no secret there are a lack of football facilities in the Danish capital, and now City Hall has decided to do something about it. The budget for Copenhagen next year will include 20.8 million kroner for the establishment of new football pitches. The budget will include funds earmarked for a new artificial turf pitch at BK Vestia in Vesterbro, a new clubhouse in Valby BK in Valbyparken and a new football area in Ørestaden.

Hansen hangs up the golf clubs
After spending 20 years touring the world as a professional golfer, Anders Hansen has decided to pack away his clubs and call it a day. Hansen’s final round as a professional took place at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura in Portugal. The Dane, 45, turned professional in 1995 before winning three tournaments on the European Tour: the 2002 Volvo PGA Championship, the 2007 BMW PGA Championship and the 2009 Joburg Open. His highest placing in a major was third at the US PGA Championship in 2011.

Danish team qualifies for Le Mans
The Danish motor racing team Formula Racing will become the first ever Danish team to take part in the legendary race Le Mans. Thanks to a fifth place finish at the season’s finale at Circuito do Estoril in Lisbon, the team are the overall winners of the European Le Mans Series and have automatically qualified for next year’s Le Mans in the GT AM class, which will take place from June 18-19.

Danish woe at the Denmark Open
Despite enjoying home court advantage throughout the tournament, Denmark’s top badminton players failed to make a final at the 2015 Yonex Denmark Open in Odense. Viktor Axelsen took the eventual winner and world number 1, Chen Long, to the limit in three sets in the semi-final, while the men’s doubles and mixed doubles teams also faltered in the semis. The women’s doubles fell in a close match in the quarter-finals, as did Jan Jørgensen in the men’s singles.