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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.

Carl Gunnarsson
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Gunnarsson with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012
Born (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 32)
Örebro, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Linköpings HC
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 194th overall, 2007
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2005–present

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Playing careerEdit

Gunnarsson was selected in the seventh round, 194th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1] Before joining the Maple Leafs in the NHL, Gunnarsson played in the Swedish Elite League for Linköpings HC.[2]

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.[2] After his rookie season, he led the team in plus-minus.[2]

On 28 June 2014, Gunnarsson was traded to the St. Louis Blues (along with a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for defenceman Roman Polák.[3]

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.[4] The Blues defeated the Bruins in seven games to win the Stanley Cup, ending the franchise's 52-year drought.[5]

On June 27, 2019, Gunnarsson was signed to a two-year $3.5 million contract extension to remain with the Blues.[6]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2011 Slovakia
  2010 Germany
  2009 Switzerland

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).[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Arboga IFK Allsv 12 1 5 6 8
2005–06 Linköpings HC SEL 14 0 0 0 0
2006–07 VIK Västerås HK Allsv 15 2 3 5 14
2006–07 Linköpings HC SEL 30 2 2 4 8
2007–08 Linköpings HC SEL 53 2 7 9 26 16 0 4 4 10
2008–09 Linköpings HC SEL 53 6 10 16 26 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 12 0 2 2 2
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 Örebro HK Allsv 10 0 4 4 2
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
SHL totals 150 10 19 29 60 23 0 5 5 12
NHL totals 581 28 101 129 157 62 1 5 6 13

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Sweden WJC18 5th 6 0 0 0 24
2009 Sweden WC   6 2 0 2 4
2010 Sweden WC   9 1 1 2 2
2011 Sweden WC   9 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 6 0 0 0 24
Senior totals 24 3 3 6 8

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (St. Louis Blues) 2019 [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Toronto Maple Leafs Draft History". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs". Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Blues trade Roman Polak to Maple Leafs for Carl Gunnarsson, pick". CBS Sports. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ Rosen, Dan. "Blues win Game 2 in OT, even Stanley Cup Final against Bruins". National Hockey League. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ Rosen, Dan. "Blues win Stanley Cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of Final". National Hockey League. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Gunnarsson agrees to two-year deal with the Blues". St. Louis Blues. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  7. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (ed.). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2014. Toronto: Fenn/McClelland & Stewart. p. 363.
  8. ^ "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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