October 14, 1976 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (201 lb; 14 st 5 lb)|
|NHL Draft||88th overall, 1995
Daniel Tjärnqvist (born October 14, 1976) is a Swedish ice hockey defenceman currently playing with Kölner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). His younger brother, Mathias, plays for his previous team, Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.
Tjärnqvist is considered a smart player who plays safe and is a good two-way defenceman. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers as their fourth-round pick, 88th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft however never played a game for the team.
After four years with Djurgården in Swedish Elitserien, Tjärnqvist spent three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers in the National Hockey League; after the lockout he has played for the Minnesota Wild.
On July 6, 2006, Tjärnqvist signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Daniel established himself in the Oilers defense until he was beset with a pubic bone injury, missing the majority of the 2006–07 NHL season. Tjärnqvist, a free agent, then spent the 2007–08 season in the Russian Super League reportedly signing with Ak Bars Kazan, before formally signing a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
On July 3, 2008, with the option to remain in Russia, Tjärnqvist instead came back for a second stint in the NHL, signing a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Tjärnqvist was used primarily as a reserve defenseman before succumbing to a concussion to end his 2008–09 campaign.
On May 24, 2009, Tjärnqvist signed a one-year contract to return to Russia with previous team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL for the 2009–10 season. Establishing himself as Lokomotiv's best defensive defender, he appeared in 54 games, notching 10 points and adding 3 more in Yaroslavl's run to the Western Conference finals. On June 18, 2010, he was re-signed by the KHL team to a further one-year deal.
On June 27, 2011, Tjärnqvist returned to Djurgården in Swedish Elitserien signing a one plus one optional year contract. As an Alternate captain with the club, he was primarily used as a stay at home defenseman and produced 14 points in 45 games during the 2011–12 season.
- SM-liiga champion with Jokerit in 1997.
- Elitserien playoff winner with Djurgården in 2000 and 2001.
- World Championship's Best Defenceman in 2002.
- Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics.
- First Swedish player to win the SM-liiga (1997).
Regular season and playoffs
|Competitor for Sweden|
|World Junior Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||12||2||2||4||2|
|Senior int'l totals||53||8||13||21||20|
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- "Tjarnqvist rejoins team, but will not play against Blue Jackets". slam.canoe.ca. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
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- "Avs patch up ailing blueline". slam.canoe.ca. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- "Swedish defender Tjärnqvist will play for Lokomotiv again". (in russian) rian.ru. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- "Tjärnqvist remains in Russia" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Daniel Tjärnqvist återvänder till DIF" [Daniel Tjärnqvist returns to DIF]. difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
- "Olympian defender to Cologne Sharks" (in German). Kölner Haie. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-12.