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Julius Bergman (born November 2, 1995) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing under contract for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Bergman was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (46th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Julius Bergman
Born (1995-11-02) November 2, 1995 (age 23)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
SHL team Frölunda HC
NHL Draft 46th overall, 2014
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2012–present

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Playing careerEdit

Bergman grew up playing youth hockey in Sweden, initially with the junior teams affiliated with Karlskrona HK before being loaned to the Frölunda HC organization, where he played firstly with the J18 team before being moved to the J20 team. Bergman made his debut with the senior Frölunda team during the 2013 European Trophy.[1]

Bergman signed a three-year entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks on July 16, 2014.[2] He spent the 2014–15 season playing major junior hockey in Canada with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Bergman played three seasons with the Sharks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate San Jose Barracuda. He had his best season in 2017–18, scoring ten goals and ten assists.

On June 19, 2018, he was traded by the Sharks alongside Mikkel Bødker and a sixth-round pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round pick in 2020.[3] After attending his first training camp with the Senators, Bergman was assigned to begin the 2018–19 season with AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators.[4] Bergman was unable to replicate his previous contributions in the AHL, posting just 6 assists in 33 games from the blueline. In February, Swedish sports paper Sportbladet reported that Bergman intended to return to Frölunda at the end of the season.[5][6]

On February 22, 2019, Bergman was included in the trade of Matt Duchene by the Senators to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for prospects Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson and two conditional first-round picks in 2019 and 2020.[7] He was immediately re-assigned to the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters. Before Bergman could make his debut with the Monsters, the Blue Jackets traded him at the trade deadline to the New York Rangers along with fourth- and seventh-round picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Adam McQuaid.[8] Bergman played 10 games to play out the remainder of the season with the Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Unable to break through to the NHL, as an impending restricted free agent from the Rangers, Bergman opted to return to continue his career in Sweden, signing a two-year contract with his original club, Frölunda HC, on May 8, 2019.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Karlskrona HK Div. 1 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Karlskrona HK Div. 1 36 3 6 9 47 10 1 0 1 12
2012–13 Karlskrona HK Allsv 23 0 0 0 16
2012–13 Frölunda HC J20 15 1 5 6 6 6 1 2 3 8
2013–14 Frölunda HC J20 45 13 21 34 54 3 0 1 1 8
2013–14 Frölunda HC SHL 1 0 0 0 4
2014–15 London Knights OHL 60 13 29 42 78 10 4 2 6 6
2014–15 Worcester Sharks AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2015–16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 60 3 8 11 40 4 0 0 0 4
2016–17 San Jose Barracuda AHL 64 3 27 30 40 15 1 7 8 8
2017–18 San Jose Barracuda AHL 65 10 10 20 57 4 0 1 1 2
2018–19 Belleville Senators AHL 33 0 6 6 12
2018–19 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 10 0 2 2 2
AHL totals 233 16 53 69 153 23 1 8 9 14

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Sweden U17 4th 6 0 3 3 6
2012 Sweden IH18   5 0 1 1 12
2013 Sweden WJC18 5th 5 0 1 1 4
2015 Sweden WJC 4th 7 0 1 1 31
Junior totals 23 0 6 6 53

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frölunda HC 2013–14 player statistics". eliteprospects.com. October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sharks sign Bergman to entry-level contract". San Jose Sharks. July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Senators acquire Boedker, Bergman and a 6th-round pick from San Jose". Ottawa Senators. June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ottawa Senators reduce training camp roster". Ottawa Senators. September 23, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Senators' Julius Bergman Likely To Return To Sweden". prohockeyrumors.com. February 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Frölunda värvar back från Kanada". www.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). February 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Blue Jackets acquire Matt Duchene and Julius Bergman from Senators". Columbus Blue Jackets. February 22, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Emily (February 25, 2019). "Blue Jackets acquire Adam McQuaid from Rangers for draft picks". ESPN. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Three players return home" (in Swedish). Frölunda HC. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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