Lars-Erik Sjöberg

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Lars-Erik Sjöberg
Born (1944-05-04)4 May 1944
Falun, Sweden
Died 20 October 1987(1987-10-20) (aged 43)
Uppsala, Sweden
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Leksands IF
Djurgårdens IF Hockey
Västra Frölunda IF
Winnipeg Jets (original)
National team  Sweden
Playing career 1962–1980

Lars-Erik "Taxen" Sjöberg (4 May 1944 in Falun, Sweden – 20 October 1987 in Uppsala, Sweden) was a Swedish ice hockey defenceman. He played in Sweden from 1962 to 1974 (Leksands IF 1962–65; 1967–69, Djurgårdens IF Hockey 1965–67, and Västra Frölunda IF 1969–74); and in North America for the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA and NHL from 1974–80.

Sjöberg won the Golden Puck as the Swedish player of the Year in 1968–69 and was named best defenceman at the 1974 IIHF World Championships.[1] He was the first non-North American born and raised captain in the NHL, wearing the "C" for the Winnipeg Jets during their first season in the NHL. On the Jets he was nicknamed "The Professor" and "The Little General." He captained the Swedish National Team at the 1976 Canada Cup. [1]

Sjöberg was working as a scout for the New York Rangers when he died of cancer in 1987.[2] To honour him the Rangers each year gives out the Lars-Erik Sjöberg Award to the best rookie in the training camp.[3]

Awards and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iihf Directorate Awards And Most Valuable Player
  2. ^ "Lars-Erik Sjoberg". The New York Times. 21 October 1987. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  4. ^ WHA Hall of Fame Members

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Preceded by
Barry Long
Winnipeg Jets captain
1979–80
Succeeded by
Morris Lukowich
Preceded by
Dan Johnson
Winnipeg Jets captain
197578
Succeeded by
Barry Long
Preceded by
Leif Holmqvist
Golden Puck
1969
Succeeded by
Leif Holmqvist