Kenny Jönsson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kenny Jönsson
Kenny Jönsson.jpg
Born (1974-10-06) October 6, 1974 (age 39)
Ängelholm, SWE
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Rögle BK (SEL)
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1993
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1991–2009
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
Gold 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Per Anders Kenny Jönsson (born October 6, 1974) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]

Jönsson was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1st round as the 12th overall selection in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After playing with the Toronto club during the 1994–95 lockout shortened season, he was traded midway through the 1995–96 season to the New York Islanders in a player exchange which brought highly popular former captain Wendel Clark back to Toronto. Jönsson then spent the remainder of his NHL career with the Islanders. After playing with the Swedish second division team Rögle BK, where he started his career, during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he announced in the summer of 2005 that he was staying with the club for the 2005–06 season.

Jönsson played with the Islanders from 1996 through 2004. Fans and journalists considered Jönsson one of the most underrated defensemen in the league during his time in the NHL. He played good positional defense and had sound offensive skills as well, but his quiet demeanor and low-key playing style kept him below the radar of some observers.[1] During the 1999–2000 NHL season, Jönsson was named captain of the Islanders. After a season and a half, he stepped down and ultimately was succeeded by Michael Peca.

He was voted Best Defender of the Tournament at the 2006 Winter Olympics where Sweden won the gold medal. This was quite surprising considering he had spent a season in the Swedish second division, while most of the other players played in the NHL.

His brother Jörgen is also a well-known Swedish ice hockey player; the two were briefly teammates in the 1998-99 NHL season.

During IHWC 2006 World Championship, with brother Jörgen initially sidlined by injury, he was named captain of the Swedish national team.

Coaching career[edit]

Prior to the 2010–11 season, Jönsson signed as an assistant coach of Rögle BK. However, after the end of the season, it was announced that he would leave Rögle as an assistant coach.[2]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Rögle BK SEL 39 3 10 13 42
1993–94 Rögle BK SEL 36 4 13 17 40
1994–95 Rögle BK SEL 8 3 1 4 20
1994–95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 10 2 5 7 2
1994–95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 2 7 9 16 4 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 4 22 26 22
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 16 0 4 4 10
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 81 3 18 21 24
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL 81 14 26 40 58
1998–99 New York Islanders NHL 63 8 18 26 34
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 65 1 24 25 32
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 65 8 21 29 30
2001–02 New York Islanders NHL 76 10 22 32 26 5 1 2 3 4
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 71 8 18 26 24 5 0 1 1 0
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 79 5 24 29 22 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Rögle BK Swe-1 11 3 7 10 12
2005–06 Rögle BK Swe-1 29 6 12 18 55
2006–07 Rögle BK Swe-1 14 4 17 21 12
2007–08 Rögle BK Swe-1 34 12 28 40 26
2008–09 Rögle BK SEL 47 6 24 30 26
NHL totals 686 63 204 267 298 19 1 3 4 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Grant Marshall
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Landon Wilson
Preceded by
Henrik Lundqvist
Golden Puck
2006
Succeeded by
Per Svartvadet
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Trevor Linden
New York Islanders captain
19992000
Succeeded by
Michael Peca