John Andersson Klingberg (born 14 August 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, currently an alternate captain for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 131st overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Stars. He is the younger brother of Carl Klingberg.

John Klingberg
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Klingberg with Jokerit in 2011
Born (1992-08-14) 14 August 1992 (age 27)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Frölunda HC
Jokerit
Skellefteå AIK
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 131st overall, 2010
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

Klingberg started his career at an early age in Lerums BK; he was then signed as a youth to join the Frölunda HC program. He made his Elitserien debut for Frölunda HC on 21 September 2010, against AIK.[1]

On 16 May 2011, the Dallas Stars announced that they had signed Klingberg to a three-year entry level contract.[2] He was then loaned to the Finnish SM-liiga to play with Jokerit in the 2011–12 season before returning to Sweden midway through the campaign to Skellefteå AIK.

In the 2013–14 season, Klingberg opted to play on loan with Frölunda HC, and produced a career high 11 goals and 28 points in 50 games. After post-season elimination, Klingberg was assigned to the Stars' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Texas Stars, and played in three regular season games.

In his first full North American season in 2014–15, Klingberg remained with Texas to begin the year. After being recalled by the Stars, he made his NHL debut in a 4–3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on 11 November 2014.[3] Klingberg scored his first NHL goal on 20 November 2014, against Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes.[4] Klingberg finished first in points among all rookie defenceman in 2014–15 and was named to the NHL all-rookie team.[5]

The Stars qualified for the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. They defeated the Minnesota Wild in the first-round[6] before falling to the St. Louis Blues in the second.[7] Overall, Klingberg recorded one goal and three assists in 13 games.

After ranking first among NHL defencemen, Klinberg was named to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, along with teammate Tyler Seguin.[8] He finished the year with a career-high 67 points in 82 games.

On 9 November 2018, Klingberg underwent hand surgery, sidelining him for at least four weeks.[9] He returned on 20 December in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.[10] Despite missing a total of 18 games, Klingberg recorded ten goals and 45 points.

During the Stars' first-round match-up against the Nashville Predators in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, Klingberg scored the series-winning overtime goal in game six to advance.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Klingberg was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, to Anders Klingberg. His father, Anders, is also active in hockey and is a head coach for Göteborg during TV-pucken, a Swedish ice hockey tournament.[12] Klingberg also has two brothers, both of whom are active hockey players; Carl who currently plays for EV Zug of the National League (NL) and Olle, who currently plays with Lerums BK.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Frölunda HC J20 27 0 5 5 32 5 1 0 1 6
2010–11 Frölunda HC J20 13 3 14 17 29 7 1 10 11 6
2010–11 Borås HC Allsv 7 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Frölunda HC SEL 26 0 5 5 10
2011–12 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 6 1 4 5 0
2011–12 Jokerit SM-l 20 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Skellefteå AIK SEL 16 1 3 4 6 16 0 4 4 14
2012–13 Skellefteå AIK J20 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Skellefteå AIK SEL 25 1 12 13 6 13 1 3 4 8
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Frölunda HC SHL 50 11 17 28 12 7 0 4 4 2
2013–14 Texas Stars AHL 3 0 1 1 4
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 10 4 8 12 6
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 65 11 29 40 32
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 76 10 48 58 30 13 1 3 4 2
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 80 13 36 49 34
2017–18 Dallas Stars NHL 82 8 59 67 26
2018–19 Dallas Stars NHL 64 10 35 45 12 13 2 7 9 6
SHL totals 117 13 37 50 34 36 1 11 12 24
NHL totals 367 52 207 259 134 26 3 10 13 8
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2017 Germany/France
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
  2012 Canada

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden WJC 4th 6 1 1 2 0
2012 Sweden WJC   6 0 3 3 4
2015 Sweden WC 5th 7 2 4 6 0
2017 Sweden WC   10 2 4 6 2
2018 Sweden WC   10 1 5 6 4
2019 Sweden WC 5th 5 2 2 4 2
Junior totals 12 1 4 5 4
Senior totals 32 7 15 22 8

Awards and achievementsEdit

Award Year
SHL
Le Mat Trophy (Skellefteå AIK) 2013
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2015 [5]
All-Star Game 2018 [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hockeyligan.se - Statistik". Hockeyligan.se (in Swedish). 21 September 2010. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Stars sign prospect John Klingberg". ESPN. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Stars beat Coyotes 4-3 to snap a 7-game slide". newstimes.com. 11 November 2014. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars". 21 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "John Klingberg named to 2014-15 All-Rookie Team". NHL.com. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  6. ^ Myers, Dan. "Stars survive rally to win Game 6, eliminate Wild". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Blues dominate, eliminate Stars". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Stars' Klingberg, Seguin named to 2018 NHL All-Star roster". NHL.com. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Klingberg out at least four weeks for Stars". National Hockey League. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  10. ^ Greenfield, Jimmy. "3 takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-2 win, including why they're the hottest team in the NHL right now". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Stars' John Klingberg: Seals series with OT tally". CBSSports. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. ^ "ANDERS KLINGBERG". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Olle Klingberg prospect profile". eliteprospects.com. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

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