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Mattias Hans Ekholm (born 24 May 1990) is a Swedish ice hockey player,[1] who is an alternate captain for the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 102nd overall, fourth round, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators.

Mattias Ekholm
Mattias Ekholm 2017-06-08 1.jpg
Ekholm during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
Born (1990-05-24) 24 May 1990 (age 29)
Borlänge, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Mora IK
Brynäs IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 102nd overall, 2009
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2007–present

Playing careerEdit

After recording a blazing start with 7 goals and 5 assists in his first 14 games with Brynäs, Ekholm was announced to be the first of four Elitserien Rookie of the Year candidates for the 2010–11 season.[2] He would go on to win the award.[3]

Ekholm played two games with the Predators at the start of the 2011–12 season before returning to Brynäs for the remainder of the season. He also played 1 game with the Predators in the 2013 season against the Vancouver Canucks due to the Predators lineup being decimated by injuries. However, he was reassigned back to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL the following day after the game.

Ekholm scored his first NHL goal on 7 January 2014 against Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.[4] Ekholm was named an alternate captain for the Predators on 19 September 2017, along with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Mora IK J20 36 0 4 4 28 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Mora IK J20 37 5 7 12 54
2007–08 Mora IK SEL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Mora IK J20 21 3 5 8 32
2008–09 Mora IK Allsv 38 2 11 13 12 3 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Mora IK Allsv 41 1 21 22 54 2 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Brynäs IF SEL 55 10 23 33 38 5 0 4 4 10
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Brynäs IF SEL 41 9 8 17 55 17 1 8 9 12
2012–13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 59 10 22 32 30 4 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 62 1 8 9 10
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 80 7 11 18 52 6 1 0 1 2
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 82 8 27 35 44 14 3 4 7 4
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 82 3 20 23 34 22 1 10 11 38
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 81 10 24 34 46 13 1 7 8 12
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 80 8 36 44 47 6 0 2 2 12
SHL totals 97 19 31 50 93 22 1 12 13 22
NHL totals 470 37 126 163 233 61 6 23 29 68
 
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
  2014 Belarus
World Junior Championships
  2010 Canada

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Sweden WJC18 4th 6 1 0 1 2
2010 Sweden WJC   6 1 0 1 6
2014 Sweden WC   10 2 5 7 8
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 0 3 3 6
2016 Sweden WC 6th 2 1 0 1 2
2016 Sweden WCH   4 0 0 0 2
2018 Sweden WC   4 1 2 3 2
2019 Sweden WC 5th 8 0 2 2 4
Junior totals 12 2 0 2 8
Senior totals 36 4 12 16 24

Awards and honoursEdit

Honours Year
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament - Gold Medal 2007
World Juniors - Bronze Medal 2010
Elitserien Rookie of the Year 2011
Elitserien Champion 2012
Salming Trophy (Defenseman of the Year) 2012
IIHF World Championships - Bronze Medal 2014
World Cup of Hockey - Bronze Medal 2016
IIHF World Championships - Gold Medal 2018
The Hockey News, Rod Langway Award (Best Defensive Defenseman) 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mattias Ekholm". eurohockey.net. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Årets rookie, kandidat 1: Mattias Ekholm" (in Swedish). hockeyligan.se. 28 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Instant Analysis: Nashville Predators Defensive Prospects". predators.nhl.com. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. ^ Walker, Teresa M. (7 January 2014). "Predators snap skid, beat San Jose Sharks 3-2". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Roman Josi Named Captain of the Nashville Predators" (Press Release). NHL.com. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2018.

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