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Andreas Johnny Lilja (born July 13, 1975) is a former Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, and Philadelphia Flyers.

Andreas Lilja
Andreas Lilja.jpg
Born (1975-07-13) July 13, 1975 (age 43)
Helsingborg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Malmö IF
Los Angeles Kings
Florida Panthers
Mora IK
HC Ambrì-Piotta
Detroit Red Wings
Anaheim Ducks
Philadelphia Flyers
Rögle BK
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2000
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1995–2015

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Playing careerEdit

Lilja was drafted in the 2nd round, 54th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2002–03 NHL season, Lilja was traded to the Florida Panthers where he played for the remainder of the season. In the summer of 2004, he was signed by the Nashville Predators, but never played for them because of the NHL lockout, during which he played for Mora IK and the Malmö IF Redhawks of Elitserien, as well as HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss National League A. Once the lockout ended, he was signed to a one-year deal by the Detroit Red Wings. After playing in all 82 regular season games for the Red Wings in the 2005–06 NHL season, he was re-signed by the team to a two-year deal in the summer of 2006. Lilja was re-signed again to another two-year deal in the summer of 2008.

Lilja won the 2008 Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings. He is also one of 9 native Swedes who played for the team at that time. On October 10, 2010, after being released from a tryout with the San Jose Sharks, Lilja signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[1]

Lilja signed a two-year, $1.475 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 1, 2011.[2]

On April 6, 2013, Lilja signed a two-year contract with Rögle BK which begins with the 2013–14 season.[3] He retired following the 2014–15 season.

Personal lifeEdit

Lilja and his wife Lotta have two daughters. The family resides in Royal Oak, Michigan.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Malmö IF SWE II Jr 14 3 7 10 38
1994–95 Malmö IF SWE Jr 30 7 13 20 82
1994–95 Malmö IF SEL 3 0 0 0 2
1995–96 Malmö IF SWE Jr 3 0 1 1 6
1995–96 Malmö IF SEL 40 1 5 6 63 5 0 1 1 2
1996–97 MIF Redhawks SEL 47 1 0 1 22 4 0 0 0 10
1997–98 MIF Redhawks SEL 10 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Mora IK Div.1 13 1 4 5 30 4 1 0 1 14
1998–99 MIF Redhawks SEL 41 0 3 3 44 1 0 0 0 4
1999–2000 MIF Redhawks SEL 49 8 11 19 88 6 0 0 0 8
2000–01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 61 7 29 36 149 4 0 6 6 6
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 4 0 1 1 4
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 1 4 5 22 5 0 0 0 6
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 17 0 3 3 14
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 56 4 8 12 56
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 79 3 4 7 90
2004–05 Mora IK SEL 44 3 8 11 67
2004–05 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 5 0 2 2 6
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 2 13 15 98 6 0 1 1 6
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 0 5 5 54 18 1 0 1 10
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 2 10 12 93 12 0 1 1 16
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 2 11 13 66
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 1 1 2 4 11 0 0 0 14
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 4 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 52 1 6 7 28 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 0 6 6 34 10 0 0 0 6
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 33 1 7 8 44
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Rögle BK Allsv 52 1 7 8 90 16 0 2 2 10
2014–15 Rögle BK Allsv 49 0 11 11 54 9 0 1 1 8
SEL totals 234 13 27 40 286 16 0 1 1 24
NHL totals 580 16 71 87 563 66 1 2 3 58

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ducks sign Lilja to one-year deal". Anaheim Ducks. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  2. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Lilja läromästare i Rögles nya backbesättning". Olof Erikzon (in Swedish). Rögle BK. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2010-12-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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