Erik Gustafsson (ice hockey, born 1988)
15 December 1988|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Gustafsson played in the youth ranks of Timrå IK before enrolling at Northern Michigan University in 2007. He spent three years in college, before signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on 31 March 2010. Gustafsson made his NHL debut on 26 February 2011, against the Ottawa Senators, subbing for Chris Pronger, who was out with a bruised right hand.
Following the 2013–14 NHL season, Gustafsson signed with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. In the 2014–15 season, Gustafsson immediately established himself amongst the blueline with Omsk, finishing second among defenseman with 22 points in 56 games.
Despite early interest in the off-season from the NHL, on 17 July 2015, Gustafsson left Omsk as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with Swiss club, Kloten Flyers of the NLA. After one year in Switzerland, he returned to Avangard Omsk, signing in May 2016.
On 2 May 2018, Gustafsson returned to his native Sweden in agreeing to a four-year contract with Luleå HF. In making his debut in the SHL in the 2018–19 season, Gustafsson as captain led Luleå HF from the blueline, playing top-pairing minutes in recording 6 goals and 27 points in 49 games. In the playoffs, Gustafsson increased his scoring rate with 9 in 10 games. He was awarded the Salming Trophy as the SHL's best defenseman to conclude the season.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2007–08||Northern Michigan Wildcats||CCHA||44||0||27||27||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Northern Michigan Wildcats||CCHA||40||4||30||34||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Northern Michigan Wildcats||CCHA||39||3||29||32||26||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievementsEdit
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2007–08|
|All-CCHA First Team||2008–09|
|CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman||2008–09|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2008–09|
|All-CCHA First Team||2009–10|
|CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman||2009–10|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2009–10|
|All-CCHA Tournament Team||2010|
- "Flyers Sign Defenseman Gustafsson". Philadelphia Flyers. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Tim Panaccio (26 February 2011). "Flyers squander early lead, fall to lowly Senators". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved 14 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
- Pettersson, Robert (16 May 2014). "Svenske VM-backen klar för Avangard Omsk" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- "Two new foreigners for the Kloten Flyers" (in German). Kloten Flyers. 17 July 2015. Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Эрик Густафссон возвращается в "Авангард"!". www.hawk.ru. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- "Four year agreement with Erik Gustafsson" (in Swedish). Luleå HF. 2 May 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database, or TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
| CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
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