Kristian Huselius

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Kristian Huselius
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Born (1978-11-10) November 10, 1978 (age 35)
Österhaninge, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Färjestads BK
Frölunda HC
Florida Panthers
Linköpings HC
Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets
AIK Hockey
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1997
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1996–2012

Kristian Huselius (born November 10, 1978) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Huselius' hometown is Haninge, a town near Stockholm. He was drafted 47th overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers and entered the NHL in 2002. A fast, skillful playmaker, Huselius typically plays on the wings, and spent the early part of his career in the Swedish Elitserien, playing for Hammarby IF, Färjestads BK and Frölunda. The Panthers traded him to the Calgary Flames on December 2, 2005,[1] where he managed 39 points in 54 games, adjusting well despite fears by some analysts that he would not fit into Calgary's physical, defensive playing style.[citation needed] In the 2006–07 NHL season, he held a point-streak of fifteen games, second-highest in the NHL that season. Huselius also garnered a career-high 77 points that season, scoring 34 goals and adding 43 assists. During the 2007–08 season Huselius recorded his first NHL hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On July 2, 2008, Huselius signed a 4-year, $19 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] He recorded 21 goals during his first season with the Blue Jackets and also scored a goal during the Blue Jackets first round playoff loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings; it was the Blue Jackets first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Huselius played in only 33 games for Columbus after tearing a chest muscle. Following the 2011-2012 season he was released. On August 23, Huselius stated that the Blue Jackets had rushed his recovery, and that he didn't have enough time to recover. He stated that he was forced into game action too early and that resulted in him pulling his groin muscle and forcing him to miss the rest of the season with a slow recovery. On January 8, 2013, just days after the NHL lockout ended, Huselius announced his retirement due to injury.

Suspension due to sex scandal[edit]

In 2005, Huselius and fellow Swedish hockey players Henrik Tallinder and Andreas Lilja were investigated on suspicion of sexual exploitation. In March 2005, all three players were suspended from the Swedish national team for one year, with Huselius and Tallinder being released by Swedish club Linköping and Lilja being suspended by Swedish club Mora for the rest of the season.[3]

On February 9, 2005, a 22-year-old woman accused the trio of raping her. Two days later, police dropped their investigation due to a lack of evidence. However, a special prosecutor reopened the case in March, leading to the suspensions.[4] Huselius and the others were cleared in June of that year after a special prosecutor ruled there was no evidence they forced the woman to have sex.[5]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Färjestads BK SEL 13 2 0 2 4 5 1 0 1 0
1997–98 Färjestads BK SEL 34 2 1 3 2 11 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Färjestads BK SEL 28 4 4 8 4
1998–99 Frölunda HC SEL 20 2 2 4 2 4 1 0 1 0
1999–00 Frölunda HC SEL 50 21 23 44 20 5 2 2 4 8
2000–01 Frölunda HC SEL 49 32 35 67 26 5 4 5 9 14
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 79 23 22 45 14
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 78 20 23 43 20
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 76 10 21 31 24
2004–05 Linköpings HC SEL 34 14 35 49 10
2004–05 SC Rapperswil-Jona NLA 4 1 3 4 2
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 24 5 3 8 4
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 54 15 24 39 36 7 2 4 6 4
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 81 34 43 77 26 6 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 81 25 41 66 40 7 0 4 4 6
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 74 21 35 56 44 4 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 74 20 43 63 36
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 39 14 9 23 10
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2012–13 AIK SEL 5 2 1 3 0
SEL totals 233 79 101 180 68 30 8 7 15 22
NHL totals 662 190 261 451 256 24 3 11 14 18

International play[edit]

Kristian Huselius
Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2002 Sweden
Bronze 2001 Germany

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Sweden WC 7 4 1 5 4
2001 Sweden WC 9 2 3 5 0
2002 Sweden WC 9 5 6 11 0
Senior int'l totals 25 11 10 21 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ TSN.ca Staff (December 2, 2005). "Flames acquire Huselius from Panthers". TSN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Huselius signs with Blue Jackets". tsn.ca. July 2, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (February 16, 2005). "Allegations in Sweden to be reviewed". TSN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2007. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (March 3, 2005). "Swedish NHLers to be re-investigated". TSN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (June 11, 2005). "Swedish prosecutor clears three players". Globe and Mail. Canada. Retrieved May 22, 2007. 

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