Gustav Nyquist

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Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist 2011.jpg
Nyquist playing for the University of Maine
Born (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 25)
Halmstad,[1] Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings ( the best team)
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 121st overall, 2008
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2011–present

Gustav "Gus" Nyquist (born September 1, 1989) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 121st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


Nyquist was born in Halmstad in southern Sweden. He and his family later moved to the city of Malmö, where Nyquist began playing hockey for a local youth team, Limhamn Hockey. He later joined the Malmö Redhawks organization, playing for their under-16, -18 and -20 teams. After graduation from high school — with top grades — he moved to the United States to the town of Orono, Maine, to continue his academic and hockey career at the University of Maine, where he played for the Black Bears.

Nyquist has a brother, Oscar, who has played junior hockey for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

Playing career[edit]


Nyquist played in the Malmö Redhawks' organization and represented Scania in the 2006 TV-pucken tournament, where Scania finished second to Gothenburg.

Nyquist played three seasons for the University of Maine's Black Bears of the NCAA's Hockey East conference. He led the team in points in all of his three seasons, and was the NCAA's regular season scoring leader in the 2009–10 season.[2] In 2010, he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2010, eventually edged-out by the University of Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion.[3] Nyquist left the Black Bears after his junior year, signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him 121st overall in 2008, on March 25, 2011.[4]


Nyquist made his professional hockey debut with the Red Wings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, on March 25, 2011, in a game against the Texas Stars. In his second AHL game, on March 26, also against Texas, he scored his first AHL goal on an assist from Jamie Tardif.

Gustav made his NHL debut with Detroit on November 1, 2011, in a game against the Minnesota Wild.[1] On March 26, 2012, he scored his first career NHL goal against Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets.[5]

Nyquist made his Stanley Cup playoff debut on April 13, 2012, against the Nashville Predators. He was re-called from Grand Rapids after forward Darren Helm suffered a deep gash to his right forearm in Game 1, when he was cut by the skate blade of Alexander Radulov, leading to season-ending surgery.

During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, his second professional campaign, Nyquist recorded three goals and three assists in 22 regular season games for the Red Wings. In Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Nyquist scored a game-winning overtime goal against the Anaheim Ducks to even the series at 1–1. He also scored the first goal in Game 3 of the 2013 Western Conference Semi-finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, though Chicago would eventually defeat Detroit and emerge as Stanley Cup champions.[6] In 14 playoff games, Nyquist recorded two goals and three assists.

In addition to his NHL contributions for 2012–13, Nyquist was also the leading-scorer for the Grand Rapids Griffins' season, recording 23 goals and 37 assists in 60 regular season games. After the Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs, Nyquist joined the Griffins during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs. He recorded two goals and five assists in 10 AHL playoff games to help lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup championship.[7]

On August 20, 2013, prior to the beginning of the 2013–14 season, the Red Wings signed Nyquist to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension.[8] On February 2, 2014, Nyquist registered his first career hat-trick in a game against the Washington Capitals.[9] On March 24, 2014, Nyquist was named NHL's First Star of the Week; he led all NHL players with six goals and tied for the League lead with seven points in four games, helping the Red Wings earn seven of a possible eight points.[10] Nyquist was also named the NHL Second Star of the Month for March. He finished the month with the second-most goals, 12, and was tied for fifth with 18 points to help the Red Wings post a 7–6–2 record and move into the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Nyquist scored in nine of 15 games, including a six-game goal streak, the longest by a Red Wing since 2010. Nyquist registered three two-goal games in March, and posted a career-high four point night on March 7.[11]

Nyquist finished the 2013–14 season with a team-leading 28 goals, in addition to 20 assists, in 57 games played for the Red Wings. He also led all NHL skaters with 23 goals from January 20 until the end of the regular season. With six game-winning goals, he became the youngest player to lead the Red Wings in that statistic since a 24-year-old Sergei Fedorov led the Red Wings with ten in 1993–94.[12]

On October 15, 2014, Nyquist played in his 100th career NHL game. He became the first Red Wing to score 35 or more goals in his first 100 career NHL games since Vyacheslav Kozlov recorded 37 goals for Detroit between the 1991–92 and 1993–94 seasons.[13]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Bronze 2014 Belarus

Nyquist was selected as a replacement for Red Wing teammate Johan Franzén to represent Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where he won a silver medal.[14]

Nyquist represented Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded four goals and two assists in ten games, and won a bronze medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Malmö Redhawks J20 42 21 23 44 57 4 2 2 4 6
2007–08 Malmö Redhawks J20 24 11 20 31 20 7 5 5 10 6
2008–09 University of Maine HE 38 13 19 32 28
2009–10 University of Maine HE 39 19 42 61 20
2010–11 University of Maine HE 36 18 33 51 20
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 8 1 3 4 2
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 56 22 36 58 18
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18 1 6 7 2 4 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 58 23 37 60 34 10 2 5 7 19
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 3 3 6 6 14 2 3 5 2
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 15 7 14 21 6
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 28 20 48 10 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 97 32 29 61 18 23 2 3 5 2


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Sweden Oly 2nd 6 0 0 0 0
2014 Sweden WC 3rd 10 4 2 6 2
Senior totals 16 4 2 6 2

Awards and achievements[edit]


External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colin Wilson
James Marcou
Hockey East Scoring Champion
(with Bobby Butler)

Succeeded by
Paul Thompson