Anders Hedberg

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Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg.jpg
Born (1951-02-25) 25 February 1951 (age 63)
Örnsköldsvik, SWE
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Modo AIK
Djurgårdens IF
Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1967–1985

Anders Hedberg (born 25 February 1951 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was one of the first European-born players to make an impact in North America. Along with countryman Ulf Nilsson, Hedberg signed a contract to come over to play for the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association in 1974, after having represented both Modo Hockey and Djurgårdens IF in his native Sweden. He was twice voted best junior in Sweden and as such the only one (1969+1970) and is a graduate from the Stockholm School of Physical Education (GIH).

Prior to the mid-seventies, Europeans generally did not come to play in the National Hockey League, as the cartel of NHL owners had poor (some would say xenophobic)[citation needed] opinions of Europeans and European hockey. Players such as the Slovak-born but Canadian-raised Stan Mikita were the exception. Hedberg was an instant sensation in the WHA, recording 100 points in 65 games in his first season, and playing alongside established superstar Bobby Hull.

Hedberg played a starring role as the Jets won the Avco World Trophy titles in 1976 and 1978. In the summer of 1978, Nilsson and Hedberg signed with the NHL's New York Rangers for $2.4 million, one of the first open acknowledgements that the quality of the WHA was on par with the NHL, making a merger with the WHA possible just one season later. Hedberg recorded 856 professional points in North American hockey over 751 games, and would retire from the Rangers in 1985.

After his active career, Hedberg has among other things worked as an assistant to general manager Craig Patrick of the New York Rangers. Between 1991-1997 he worked as a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs before moving up to the position as assistant general manager in 1997-1999. In 2000 he was appointed general manager of the Swedish national ice hockey team and joined the Ottawa Senators as Director of Player Personnel in 2002-2007.[1] In August 2007, he returned to the New York Rangers as the Head Professional European Scout. He was elected to the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame on 11 February 2012.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 65 53 47 100 45
1975–76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 76 50 55 105 48 13 13 6 19 15
1976–77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 68 70 61 131 48 20 13 16 29 13
1977–78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 77 63 59 122 60 9 9 6 15 2
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 80 33 46 79 33 18 5 4 9 12
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 80 32 39 71 21 9 3 2 5 7
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 80 30 40 70 52 14 8 8 16 6
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 78 25 34 59 12 9 4 8 12 4
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 79 32 35 67 16 5 1 0 1 0
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 64 20 31 51 10 3 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 465 172 226 398 144 58 22 24 46 31
WHA totals 286 236 222 458 201 42 35 28 63 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hedberg's profile on the Ottawa Senators site
  2. ^ "Hedberg och Loob i Hall of fame" (in Swedish). allehanda.se. 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ WHA Hall of Fame Members

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Preceded by
Brad Park
Bill Masterton Trophy winner
1985
Succeeded by
Charlie Simmer