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Linus Ullmark (born 31 July 1993) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Sabres in the sixth round, 163rd overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Linus Ullmark
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Ullmark in 2018
Born (1993-07-31) 31 July 1993 (age 26)
Lugnvik, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Modo Hockey
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 163rd overall, 2012
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2011–present
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Minsk

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Playing careerEdit

On 27 May 2014, Ullmark was signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year, entry-level contract. He was returned on loan to Modo Hockey of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the 2014–15 season.[1]

In his first season in North America, Ullmark attended the Sabres' training camp. After recovery from an early injury, he was assigned to begin the 2015–16 season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). Ullmark played in three games before being recalled to the Sabres on 23 October 2015. He made his NHL debut the following day, making 24 saves in a 4–3 defeat to the New Jersey Devils.[2] His first victory came in his second start, a 3–1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.[3]

Ullmark would spend majority of the subsequent season with the Americans, amassing a record of 26–27–2. He appeared in one game for the Sabres, falling 4–2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. On 13 June 2017, the Sabres re-signed Ullmark to a two-year, $1.5 million contract with an annual average of $750,000.[4]

Ullmark joined the Sabres full-time during the 2018-19 season. In his season debut on 13 October, he recorded his first career NHL shutout, stopping all 36 shots faced in a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.[5] On 22 December, Ullmark stopped all 40 shots faced to shut out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0.[6] Overall, he recorded a (15-14-5) record in 37 games while backing up Carter Hutton.

On 3 August 2019, the Sabres re-signed Ullmark to a one-year, $1.325 million.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Ullmark is a fan of esports, and of Dota 2 in particular. On 18 March 2019 he appeared on a Dota 2 podcast where he discussed the differences between playing Dota and hockey, as well as comparisons between the professional scenes of competitive gaming and traditional sports.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010–11 Modo Hockey J20 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .923
2011–12 Modo Hockey J20 25 14 11 0 1521 70 1 2.76 .918 5 3 1 242 9 1 2.24 .927
2011–12 Modo Hockey SEL 3 0 2 0 148 8 0 3.24 .890
2012–13 Modo Hockey J20 23 18 5 0 1352 46 2 2.04 .924 5 4 1 250 8 1 1.39 .947
2012–13 Mora IK Allsv 6 4 2 0 343 12 0 2.10 .904
2012–13 Modo Hockey SEL 6 3 1 0 320 11 0 2.07 .934 2 1 1 133 3 0 1.47 .955
2013–14 Modo Hockey SHL 35 17 16 0 2043 71 3 2.08 .931 2 0 2 127 9 0 4.24 .899
2014–15 Modo Hockey SHL 35 12 20 0 1926 100 1 3.12 .905
2015–16 Rochester Americans AHL 28 10 16 0 1582 90 0 3.41 .902
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 8 10 2 1131 49 0 2.60 .913
2016–17 Rochester Americans AHL 55 26 27 2 3202 153 1 2.87 .909
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.06 .917
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 44 21 12 10 2579 105 2 2.44 .922 3 0 3 175 16 0 5.50 .800
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 1 2 0 240 8 0 2.00 .935
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 37 15 14 5 2103 109 2 3.11 .905
SHL totals 79 32 39 0 4437 190 4 2.56 .922 4 1 3 260 12 0 2.77 .916
NHL totals 63 24 27 7 3,532 169 2 2.87 .910

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sabres sign Ullmark to three-year entry level contract". Buffalo Sabres. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Devils defeat Sabres for fourth win in a row". National Hockey League. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  3. ^ "O'Reilly, Eichel get Sabres over Flyers 3-1". USA Today. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Sabres re-sign Ullmark to two-year deal". The Sports Network. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ Callari, Jenna. "A night of firsts for Dahlin and Ullmark as Sabres beat Coyotes 3-0". WKBW Buffalo. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ Lysowski, Lance. "Sabres fend off third-period rally, shut out Ducks, 3-0, to end losing streak". Buffalo News. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Ullmark agrees to 1-year contract". Buffalo Sabres. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ moonducktv (18 March 2019), Trent & Zyori Podcast #142 w/ Linus Ullmark, retrieved 28 April 2019

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