May 5, 1972 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||40th overall, 1990
Mikael Renberg (born May 5, 1972) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player, last playing for Skellefteå AIK in Elitserien. He spent ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and eight in the Swedish Elitserien.
Renberg began his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers, who drafted him 40th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He set the Flyers' club record for most points in a season scored by a rookie with 82 points (38 goals and 44 assists) in 83 games. Renberg played with them for four seasons and in Philadelphia he became popular with fans for playing on the feared "Legion of Doom" line with John LeClair and Eric Lindros. Renberg, and the top line helped the team to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were swept in four games by the Detroit Red Wings.
He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Chris Gratton after the Stanley Cup run and was named the Lightning's captain. Two seasons later the teams would virtually undo the trade, sending him back to Philadelphia for two more years. He was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Rick Tocchet during the 1999–2000 NHL season. He returned to Sweden to play for Luleå HF for one season and returned to the NHL by signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After three seasons in Toronto, Renberg once again returned to play for Luleå HF to be close to his family. After captaining Luleå from 2005–07, he moved onto nearby rival Skellefteå AIK (SAIK). After two seasons with SAIK, Renberg decided to retire due to persistent groin problems that cut his final season short.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
Mikael Renberg's first international experience came at the European Junior Championship, in which he helped Sweden secure a gold medal by scoring 7 goals in 6 game against Europe's top competition. Mikael next wore the tre kronor in the 1992 World Juniors and scored six goals and four assists, playing with future NHL stars Peter Forsberg, Michael Nylander, and Markus Näslund. Renberg finished fourth in the scoring behind his three aforementioned countrymen. Despite the high offensive output of the Swedes, they only returned home with a silver medal.
After graduating out of junior, Renberg represented Sweden again at the 1993 World Championships (WC). He continued his torrid international pace by being named to the tournaments' All-star team after netting 5 goals and 3 assists in 8 games. However, like before, Renberg and Sweden again went home with silver.
The potential crowning point of Mikael Renberg's international career came in 1998. 1998 was the first year that NHL players could participate in the Olympics held in Nagano, Japan. Since Mikael was playing in the NHL at the time of the Olympics, he could not partake in Team Sweden's gold medal over Canada at the 1994 games in Lillehammer. So now Renberg was named to the team to defend its gold and was assigned to play on the first line with friends and countrymen Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund, all players from smaller northern towns. Renberg tallied a goal and two assist in Sweden's four game, as the young Swedish roster finished in fifth place at the 1998 Olympics playing against older teams in the Canadians, Americans, and Russians.
Renberg would continue representing his country in international tournaments throughout his career. After the Olympic disappointment, at the 1998 WC, Renberg and the Swedes won the gold medal, the first for their country since 1992. Renberg final two WC's were in 2001 and 2003, with the 2001 team taking Renberg home a bronze medal. Mikael's second and final try at the Olympics in 2002 held in Salt Lake City, United States. Again, despite countryman Mats Sundin leading the Olympics in scoring, Mikael and the Swedes went home empty-handed as fifth-place finishers. Unfortunately, Mikael Renberg was unable to go to the 2006 Olympics due to injury, where his countrymen led by Nicklas Lidström and Henrik Lundqvist reached the promised land once more to win the gold medal at the Olympic games.
- Gold medal at the Junior European Championships in 1990.
- Named to the World Championships All-Star Team in 1993.
- Named to the SEL All-Star team in 1993, 1995, and 2001
- Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1994
- Awarded the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial (Most Improved Player - Philadelphia Flyers) in 1994.
- Awarded the Yanick Dupre Memorial (Class Guy Award - Philadelphia Flyers) in 1995.
- Awarded the Viking Award (Top Swedish player in the NHL) in 1995.
- Gold Medal at the World Championships in 1998.
- Awarded the Golden Puck (Elitserien Player of the Year) in 2001.
- He was inducted into the Piteå Wall of Fame in 2006.
Records and milestones
Regular season and playoffs
|1997–98||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||68||16||22||38||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||20||4||8||12||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||71||14||38||52||36||3||0||0||0||2|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||67||14||21||35||36||7||1||0||1||8|
|2003–04||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||59||12||13||25||50||2||0||0||0||4|
International stats are final, as per Mikeal Renberg's retirement
|Senior int'l totals||44||17||15||32||+21||34|
|Junior int'l totals||13||13||5||18||--||14|
- Mikael Renberg's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Mikael Renberg – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Mikael Renberg's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mikael Renberg at Hockey-Reference.com
- Mikael Renberg's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Mikael Renberg's player profile at NHL.com
|Tampa Bay Lightning captain