Kent Åke "Kenta" Nilsson (born 31 August 1956) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey centre. He played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Winnipeg Jets, and in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Atlanta and Calgary Flames, Minnesota North Stars and Edmonton Oilers, as well as teams across various European leagues. During his NHL career he was called "Mr. Magic" and "The Magic Man", referring to his exceptional puck skills. Wayne Gretzky commented on Nilsson's skills saying "Skills-wise he might have been the most skilled hockey player I ever saw in my entire career". In 2006, he was featured on HCZ, a Swedish reality show as coach for a hockey team of non-athletes.
31 August 1956|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars
64th overall, 1976|
11th overall, 1976|
He is currently working as a European scout for the Florida Panthers.
Nilsson began his career during the season of 1973–74, playing for Djurgårdens IF during his first of four seasons in Sweden. He then came to North America, and played for the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA) beginning in 1977. He scored two consecutive 100-point seasons in the WHA, and his offensive production continued when the league merged with the NHL. He was claimed by the Atlanta Flames, and in his first season with the team he scored 93 points. The next season, 1980–81, the Flames moved to Calgary; Nilsson scored 131 points, which is still the team record, and he came third in NHL scoring.
Nilsson played with the Flames, wearing number 14, until 1984–85 when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for a draft pick that the Flames used to draft Joe Nieuwendyk. Nilsson won his first and only Stanley Cup while playing with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987. He returned to Europe after that season, playing in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and Norway. In 1988–89 he was named Player of the Year in Sweden. He returned to Edmonton for six games in 1995, which made him the last former Atlanta Flames player to play in the NHL. He then played briefly again in Europe until 1998.
|Men's ice hockey|
|European Junior Championships|
|World Junior Championships|
|1975 Canada & USA|
- Won Lou Kaplan Trophy (WHA Rookie of the Year) (1978)
- Won Paul Daneau Trophy (WHA Most Gentlemanly Player) (1979)
- 1977-78 - WHA - Avco Cup (Winnipeg)
- 1978-79 - WHA - Avco Cup (Winnipeg)
- Inaugural member of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame (2010)
Sweden and International ice hockeyEdit
- Most points scored by a Swedish player in a single NHL season (131 in 1980–81)
- Calgary Flames team record for points in a single season (131 in 1980–81)
- Calgary Flames team record for assists in a single season (82 in 1980–81)
- Calgary Flames team record for shorthanded goals in a single season (9 in 1983–84)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1985–86||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||61||16||44||60||10||5||1||4||5||0|
|1986–87||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||44||13||33||46||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Nynäshamns IF||SWE III||2||2||3||5||6||—||—||—||—||—|
Nilsson has been married since 2005 to Swedish golfer Helen Alfredsson. He occasionally caddies for her in professional events. He is also the father of Robert Nilsson, a former Edmonton Oilers player, from an earlier marriage.
- Top 10: Most Skilled Hockey Players
- "TSN Hockey's Need To Know: Season Opening Statistics - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- "WHA Hall of Fame Members". Archived from the original on 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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