Carl Gunnarsson (born 9 November 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the organization which originally selected him in the seventh round, 194th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to playing in North America, Gunnarsson played for Linköpings HC of the Swedish Elite League. Gunnarsson plays internationally for Sweden and has participated in three IIHF World Championships, capturing one silver and two bronze medals. Gunnarsson won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues.
9 November 1986|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)|
St. Louis Blues|
Toronto Maple Leafs
194th overall, 2007|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gunnarsson was selected in the seventh round, 194th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before joining the Maple Leafs in the NHL, Gunnarsson played in the Swedish Elite League for Linköpings HC.
On 3 June 2009, he was signed by the Maple Leafs to an entry-level contract. He made his NHL debut in the 2009–10 season, initially splitting time between the Maple Leafs and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. He scored his first NHL goal on 29 January 2010 against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. After his rookie season, he led the team in plus-minus.
During the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, Gunnarsson scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 2 to even the series against the Boston Bruins at one. The Blues defeated the Bruins in seven games to win the Stanley Cup, ending the franchise's 52-year drought.
On June 27, 2019, Gunnarsson was signed to a two-year $3.5 million contract extension to remain with the Blues.
Gunnarsson made his international debut for Sweden at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championships. He played in six games, recorded 24 penalty minutes and zero points. Later in his career, he has played for Sweden at three separate World Championships, helping his team capture a medal each time (one silver and two bronze).
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2006–07||VIK Västerås HK||Allsv||15||2||3||5||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||43||3||12||15||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||68||4||16||20||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||76||4||15||19||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||37||1||14||15||14||7||0||1||1||0|
|2013–14||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||3||14||17||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||61||2||10||12||2||6||0||0||0||0|
|2015–16||St. Louis Blues||NHL||72||3||6||9||31||19||0||2||2||7|
|2016–17||St. Louis Blues||NHL||56||0||6||6||4||11||0||0||0||2|
|2017–18||St. Louis Blues||NHL||63||5||4||9||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||St. Louis Blues||NHL||25||3||4||7||6||19||1||2||3||4|
|2018–19||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Toronto Maple Leafs Draft History". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
- "Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs". Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Blues trade Roman Polak to Maple Leafs for Carl Gunnarsson, pick". CBS Sports. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- Rosen, Dan. "Blues win Game 2 in OT, even Stanley Cup Final against Bruins". National Hockey League. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- Rosen, Dan. "Blues win Stanley Cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of Final". National Hockey League. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- "Gunnarsson agrees to two-year deal with the Blues". St. Louis Blues. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- Podnieks, Andrew (ed.). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2014. Toronto: Fenn/McClelland & Stewart. p. 363.
- "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.