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Erik Gustafsson (ice hockey, born 1988)

Erik Gustafsson (born 15 December 1988) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays as captain for Luleå HF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Erik Gustafsson
Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers, 5 April 2011).jpg
Born (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 30)
Kvissleby, Sweden
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Luleå HF
Philadelphia Flyers
EHC Kloten
Avangard Omsk
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

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.[1] 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.[2]

Gustafsson scored his first career NHL goal against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres on 16 February 2012.

Following the 2013–14 NHL season, Gustafsson signed with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.[3] 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.[4] After one year in Switzerland, he returned to Avangard Omsk, signing in May 2016.[5]

On 2 May 2018, Gustafsson returned to his native Sweden in agreeing to a four-year contract with Luleå HF.[6] 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.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Timrå IK J18 14 4 2 6 12
2005–06 Timrå IK J18 8 2 1 3 8 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Timrå IK J20 38 3 4 7 26 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Timrå IK J20 41 7 13 20 93 3 0 0 0 14
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
2009–10 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 5 2 5 7 0
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 72 5 44 49 14
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 28 1 16 17 14
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 30 1 4 5 2 7 1 1 2 2
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 39 5 17 22 37
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 3 5 8 2
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 31 2 8 10 6 2 1 0 1 2
2014–15 Avangard Omsk KHL 56 6 16 22 18 12 0 3 3 6
2015–16 Kloten Flyers NLA 48 3 26 29 18 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Avangard Omsk KHL 50 3 16 19 20 12 0 5 5 4
2017–18 Avangard Omsk KHL 23 1 9 10 6
2017–18 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 25 1 12 13 18 2 0 1 1 0
2018–19 Luleå HF SHL 49 6 21 27 37 10 3 6 9 2
NHL totals 91 6 17 23 14 9 2 1 3 4
KHL totals 154 11 53 64 62 26 0 9 9 10

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2013 Sweden/Finland
  2014 Minsk
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Sweden WC   10 1 1 2 2
2014 Sweden WC   8 0 1 1 6
2016 Sweden WC 6th 8 0 0 0 4
Senior totals 26 1 2 3 12

Awards and achievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Flyers Sign Defenseman Gustafsson". Philadelphia Flyers. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  2. ^ Tim Panaccio (26 February 2011). "Flyers squander early lead, fall to lowly Senators". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved 14 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Pettersson, Robert (16 May 2014). "Svenske VM-backen klar för Avangard Omsk" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  4. ^ "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 |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Эрик Густафссон возвращается в "Авангард"!". www.hawk.ru. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Four year agreement with Erik Gustafsson" (in Swedish). Luleå HF. 2 May 2018.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tyler Eckford
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2008–09
2009–10
Succeeded by
Torey Krug