Jonathan Ericsson

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Jonathan Ericsson
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Born (1984-03-02) March 2, 1984 (age 30)
Karlskrona, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 291st overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2003–present

Jonathan Ericsson (born March 2, 1984) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Ericsson was drafted 291st overall in the ninth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft as the last player of the draft, by the Detroit Red Wings. He plays defense for the Detroit Red Wings.[1][2] Ericsson played his first NHL game with the Red Wings on February 22, 2008, against Calgary Flames and scored his first NHL goal during the following game on February 26 against Edmonton Oilers' goaltender Mathieu Garon. Ericsson was included on the 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup picture. He did not qualify to be engraved on the cup, but he was awarded a Stanley Cup ring.

Ericsson began his playing career as a center, playing all but one game of the 2001–2002 season at the position for Hasten's junior team. However, when playing one game on defense, Detroit Red Wings scout Håkan Andersson watched the game and convinced Ericsson to become a permanent defenseman. Detroit then drafted him that summer.[3]

Throughout his next four seasons, Jonathan played for several teams throughout Sweden, a period of time which also saw him switching between center and defense as teams saw fit. After his 2005–2006 season, Detroit signed him to a two-year entry-level contract and brought him to the United States to play for their AHL affiliate team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. In Regular season of 2008–2009 he got 1 goal and 3 assists.[3] On April 16, 2009, Ericsson played in his first post-season game in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of Round One of the 2009 playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He recorded his first career playoff point in this game in the form of a goal.

In the 2nd round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks, Ericsson recorded two assists and also fought Ducks winger Corey Perry in the first game of the series. Ericsson would record a goal and an assists in Detroit's Western Conference Final matchup with division rival the Chicago Blackhawks, and recorded two goals with an assist in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ericsson scored Detroit's only goal in their Game 7 2–1 loss to Pittsburgh. Ericsson won the 2009 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA)-Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2008, Ericsson signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings that would pay him a total of $2,700,000.[4] In 2009–10 season, Ericsson had 4 goals, 9 assist, and 13 points, and played in 62 games.

In 2011, Ericsson signed a three-year $9.75 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

On November 27, 2013, Ericsson signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.[5]

International career[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Germany

Jonathan's older brother Jimmie is a forward who is currently playing for Skellefteå AIK. The Ericsson brothers were set to play together professionally for the first time at the 2010 World Championships. Following Detroit's elimination in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Jonathan joined Sweden's national team at the World Championships. The brothers were in the lineup together, however; Jimmie injured his knee on his first shift, and missed the rest of the tournament, so they were never on the ice together. In the tournament, Jonathan was the skater who played most minutes per game on average for Sweden[6] and was selected as one of the best players on the team as selected by the coach.[7] The brothers played together for the first time at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where they won the silver medal.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 HC Vita Hästen Swe.2 40 2 4 6 36
2003–04 Södertälje SK SEL 42 1 0 1 12
2004–05 Huddinge IK Swe.1 24 4 7 11 36
2004–05 Södertälje SK SEL 15 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Almtuna IS Swe.1 19 2 3 5 44
2005–06 Södertälje SK SEL 24 0 0 0 20
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 5 24 29 102 7 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 69 10 24 34 83
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 1 0 1 4
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 40 2 13 15 48
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 1 3 4 15 22 4 4 8 25
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 4 9 13 44 12 0 2 2 8
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 3 12 15 87 11 1 2 3 4
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 1 10 11 47 5 0 0 0 6
2012–13 HC Vita Hästen Swe.2 3 0 3 3 4
2012–13 Södertälje SK Swe.1 4 0 1 1 6
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 3 10 13 29 14 0 3 3 2
SEL totals 81 1 0 1 36 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 277 13 44 57 226 64 5 11 16 45

International[edit]

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WC 7 0 3 3 2
2014 Sweden Oly 6 0 1 1 8
Senior int'l totals 13 0 4 4 10

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jonathan Ericsson – player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Grand Rapids Griffins: Roster". Grand Rapids Griffins. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Red Wings Central prospects – Jonathan Ericsson". Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ericsson is secret no more". The Detroit News. October 1, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Wings signs Ericsson to six-year deal
  6. ^ "Player Statistics Per Team". IIHF.com. May 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best Players of Each Team Selected by the Coaches". IIHF.com. May 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Ericsson brothers headed to Sochi Games
  9. ^ "2008 PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team". AHL. Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Jonathan Ericsson named Red Wings' top rookie". mlive.com. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 

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