Erik Ersberg

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Erik Ersberg
Erik Ersberg 2009.JPG
Born (1982-03-08) 8 March 1982 (age 32)
Sala, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team HC Donbass
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Erik Ersberg (born March 8, 1982 in Sala) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender, currently with HC Donbass of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Ersberg in action

Ersberg started his ice hockey career playing for VIK Västerås HK in HockeyAllsvenskan (tier two in the Swedish league structure). For season 2005–06 he joined the Jönköping based elite club HV71.[1] As a backup goalie behind Stefan Liv, Ersberg guarded the net for ten games in his rookie season, ending the regular season with a save percentage of .929. In the Elitserien playoffs 2006 he played in two games with a .857 save percentage.

The following season he got his breakthrough and became starting goaltender for HV71 and was also selected for the Swedish national team in the 2006 Karjala Tournament and Channel One Cup. He is somewhat of a late bloomer as he has never before played for the national team, including youth and junior tournaments.[2] In season 2006–07 he was nominated as the second candidate for the title Elitserien Rookie of the Year.[3] On 22 March 2007 he was awarded the Honken Trophy, which is awarded to the Swedish goaltender of the year.[4] On 31 May 2007, Los Angeles announced on their web site that they have signed Ersberg to a one-year entry-level deal.[5] He started the 2007–08 season playing for Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League.

On 21 February 2008, the Kings recalled Ersberg from Manchester,[6] becoming the first Swedish-born goaltender in Los Angeles Kings franchise history.

On 23 February Ersberg made his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. He replaced Dan Cloutier, who was pulled in the second period with the score 5-1. The Kings scored four goals in the third period to tie the game 5-5 and send it into overtime, where the Blackhawks scored for the 6-5 victory. Ersberg allowed only one goal on 19 shots, but earned the overtime loss.

On 6 March Ersberg recorded his first career NHL win and shutout. He made 40 saves to defeat the Ottawa Senators 2-0. Ersberg became the first NHL rookie to make at least 40 saves in a shutout since 14 November 1996. He also broke the Kings' franchise single game record for saves by a rookie, breaking Gary Edwards' previous mark of 38 saves during the 1971–72 season.[7]

For the 2010–11 season, Ersberg was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs.[8] He proceed to leave the team without permission and on October 22, 2010, Ersberg was placed on waivers.[9][10] After clearing waivers two days later he had his contract terminated by the Kings for violating his contract.[10] He has since been playing for the Russian club Salavat Yulaev in KHL.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA
2005–06 HV71 SEL 10 7 2 1 601 18 2 1.79
2006–07 HV71 SEL 41 22 12 7 2455 98 4 2.39
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 30 10 13 0 1540 75 2 2.92
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 6 5 3 798 33 2 2.48
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 8 11 5 1477 65 0 2.64
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 4 3 2 551 22 0 2.40
SEL totals 51 29 14 8 3056 116 6 2.27
AHL totals 30 10 13 0 1540 75 2 2.92
NHL totals 53 18 19 10 2827 120 2 2.55

Statistics as of end of the 2009–10 NHL season.[1][11][12][13][14]

Post-season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2005–06 HV71 SEL 2 0 2 0 78 4 0 3.05
2006–07 HV71 SEL 14 7 7 0 776 35 0 2.71
SEL totals 16 7 9 0 854 39 0 2.74

Statistics as of end of the 2008–09 NHL season.[1][11]

International play[edit]

Ersberg has played for Sweden in the following competitions:

International statistics[edit]

   
Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2007 Sweden WC 1 0 1 0 59 4 0 4.06
Senior int'l totals 1 0 1 0 59 4 0 4.06

Statistics as of 19 August 2009.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Erik Ersberg". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Erik Ersberg uttagen i Tre Kronor". sr.se. 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Ersberg blev rookie #2" (in Swedish). hockeyligan.se. 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  4. ^ Hasse Andersson (2007-03-22). "Erik Ersberg får Honken Trophy" (in Swedish). HV71.se. Retrieved 2007-03-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ "KINGS SIGN PAIR OF PROSPECTS". LAKings.com. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  6. ^ "KINGS ANNOUNCE MULTIPLE TRANSACTIONS". LAKings.com. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times, Page D5, 8 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Kings Sign One; Assign Two". Los Angeles Kings. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  9. ^ Hammond, Rich (2010-10-22). "Ersberg heading out". LA Kings Insider. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  10. ^ a b TSN.CA Staff (2010-10-23). "Report: Kings' Ersberg clears waivers; could sign in KHL". The Sports Network (TSN). Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  11. ^ a b "Erik Ersberg - player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  12. ^ "Elitserien - Leading Goaltenders SVS%". Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  13. ^ "Los Angeles Kings - Team: Erik Ersberg Official Player Page". LAKings.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  14. ^ "theahl.com : Stats - Erik Ersberg (G)". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  15. ^ "GOALKEEPERS". IHWC.net. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 

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