Lars Jonsson (ice hockey)

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Lars Jonsson
Born (1982-01-02) January 2, 1982 (age 32)
Borlänge, SWE
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Leksands IF
Timrå IK
HV71
Philadelphia Flyers
Brynäs IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2000
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1999–2013

Lars Jonsson (born January 2, 1982) is a Swedish retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He played most of his career in Sweden for Leksands IF, Timrå IK, HV71, and Brynäs IF. He spent two years in North America playing for the Philadelphia Flyers organization, appearing in eight National Hockey League (NHL) games.

Playing career[edit]

Jonsson began playing for Leksands IF of Elitserien in 1999. Shortly after the season ended, he was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Although the Bruins continually showed interest in him, attempting to sign him several times, they ran into issues with the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, which now states that European prospects will no longer remain indefinite property of the teams that draft them. As a result, the Bruins chose not to sign him and decided to instead receive the 37th overall pick in the 2006 Draft as compensation. The Bruins selected Yuri Alexandrov, a Russian defenseman who would play 66 games with the Providence Bruins during the 2010-11 AHL season before returning to Russia in 2011.

On the first day of free agency, Jonsson signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He alternated between the Flyers and their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Although an ankle sprain caused him to miss the beginning of the 2006–07 season, he started with the Flyers, mainly on the powerplay, but he was sent down to play for the Phantoms after two games to adjust to North American hockey. He was called back up to the Flyers on November 21, 2006. He was later reassigned to the Phantoms on September 27, 2007.[1]

Having spent two seasons in North America, Jonsson returned to the Swedish Elitserien by signing a two-year contract with Brynäs IF on May 15, 2008.[2]

On August 15, 2013, Jonsson officially announced his retirement from hockey.[3][4]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Leksands IF SEL 5 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Leksands IF SEL 31 2 1 3 12
2000–01 Leksands IF Swe-2 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Leksands IF Swe-2 40 2 8 10 94 8 0 2 2 6
2002–03 Leksands IF SEL 21 0 0 0 12 5 0 0 0 2
2002–03 IF Björklöven Swe-2 9 3 4 7 10
2002–03 IFK Arboga IK Swe-2 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Leksands IF SEL 50 3 9 12 30
2003–04 Leksands IF Swe-2 4 1 0 1 2
2004–05 Timrå IK SEL 50 5 6 11 32 7 0 0 0 2
2005–06 HV71 SEL 50 11 16 27 46 11 2 3 5 14
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 0 2 2 6
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 40 4 11 15 26
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 44 5 13 18 18 7 1 4 5 6
2008–09 Brynäs IF SEL 53 9 12 21 26 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Brynäs IF SEL 8 1 3 4 8
2010–11 Brynäs IF SEL 45 13 7 20 20 5 1 2 3 4
2011–12 Brynäs IF SEL 42 0 6 6 12 16 0 1 1 18
2012–13 Almtuna IS Swe-1 3 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Brynäs IF SEL 6 0 0 0 2
SEL totals 361 44 60 104 204 54 4 6 10 44
AHL totals 84 9 24 33 44 7 1 4 5 6
NHL totals 8 0 2 2 6

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Sweden
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2000 Ice Hockey

Played for Sweden in:

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Sweden WJC18 6 0 0 0 2
2002 Sweden WJC 7 1 1 2 8
Junior int'l totals 13 1 1 2 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flyers Assign 18 to Phantoms". Philadelphiaflyers.com. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Brynäs har hittat sin försteback!" (in Swedish). Brynäs IF. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  3. ^ http://www.dt.se/sport/hockeyfeber/1.6177998-tidigare-lif-spelare-lagger-av-med-hockeyn
  4. ^ Joe Pelletier (August 15, 2013). "Lars Jonsson Retires Due To Arthritis". Greatest Hockey Legends. 


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Preceded by
Nick Boynton
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Martin Samuelsson