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Mark Aloysius Opoya Owuya (born 18 July 1989) is a professional Swedish ice hockey goaltender. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. He formerly played for KHL Medveščak Zagreb, a member of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Mark Owuya
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Owuya playing for the Reading Royals in 2012
Born (1989-07-18) 18 July 1989 (age 29)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Djurgårdens IF
Toronto Marlies
Luleå HF
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

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Playing careerEdit

Owuya began playing junior hockey with Djurgårdens IF in the 2005–06 season when he began playing with the U18 team. The following season Owuya played with both Djurgården's U18 and J20 team and also played most of the games with the Djurgården's J20 team in the 2007–08 season. While Stefan Ridderwall joined team Sweden for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Owuya made his Elitserien debut on 3 January 2008, against Brynäs IF.[1] He was loaned out to Mälarhöjden/Bredängs IK during the 2007–08 winter,[2] and was also later loaned out to Almtuna IS for the entire 2008–09 season.[3]

Owuya was also on loan during the 2009–10 season, first to Örebro HK and later Mora IK.[4] In the 2010 pre-season, Owuya was moved up to Djurgården's senior team, to compete with goaltender Stefan Ridderwall to be the first choice in the goal.[5] Ultimately, Owuya played in 32 out of 55 games in the 2010–11 Elitserien season, with a 2.18 goals against average and league-best save percentage of .927.[6][7] He also played in all of Djurgården's seven playoff games, with a 1.66 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.[8]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2009 Ottawa

Owuya represented Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[9]

PersonalEdit

His father is from Uganda and his mother is from Russia.[10] Mark's brother Sebastian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010. Owuya is also known in Sweden for rapping on popular talent show Idol as "Mark In Da Park".[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alexanderson, Thomas. "Mark Owuyas Elitseriedebut". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  2. ^ Peterson, Jimmy. "Dennis och Mark lånas ut". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  3. ^ Alexanderson, Thomas. "Mark in da Almtuna-park". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  4. ^ Arvidsson, Johan (24 January 2010). "Owuya klar för konkurrent". Nerikes Allehanda (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Hovets sista utposter i ständig konkurrens". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 6 September 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Swedish goaltending prospect Owuya". tsn.ca. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Målvaktsstatistik". hockeyligan.se (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Målvaktsstatistik". hockeyligan.se (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Sweden stays perfect". The Globe and Mail. CP. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  10. ^ a b Abrahamsson, Hans (16 October 2010). "Jag ska till NHL". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 February 2011.

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