Linus Klasen

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Linus Klasen
Born (1986-02-19) February 19, 1986 (age 28)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Centre/Left Wing
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Luleå HF
Södertälje SK
Nashville Predators
Luleå HF
HC LuganoHF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004–present

Robert Linus Alexander Klasen (born February 19, 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently playing for Luleå HF of the Swedish Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing career[edit]

Klasen started his career with Huddinge IK and has played with Södertälje SK in the Swedish Elitserien. He played 3 games with team Sweden in the 2007–08 season.

On October 30, 2010 Klassen made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators in an away game against the Detroit Red Wings.[1]

Klasen signed a three-year contract with the Malmö Redhawks of the HockeyAllsvenskan on May 17, 2011. He was immediately appointed the team's captain. The contract included an annual salary of 4 million SEK ($0.6 million USD), making him the best paid ice hockey player in Sweden.[2] He scored 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) in 52 games and helped the team reach a playoff spot. However, due to economical crisis in the Redhawks club, Klasen was forced to leave the club after the 2011–12 season. His contract is being paid out by the Redhawks.[3]

Following the 2011–12 season, Klasen signed a two-year contract with Luleå HF of the Swedish top-tier league Elitserien (SEL) prior to the 2012–13 season.[4] He will keep the same annual salary from Malmö Redhawks during these two years.[5]

After the final year of his contract with Luleå, in which Klasen complied his most prolific SHL season with 28 goals and 57 points in just 54 games, he left as a free agent to sign a lucrative four-year contract with Swiss club, HC Lugano, of the NLA on April 2, 2014.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Lincoln Stars USHL 26 7 9 16 13
2004–05 Huddinge IK Swe.1 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Huddinge IK Div.1 35 22 40 62 36 8 2 11 13 12
2006–07 Huddinge IK Swe.1 44 16 34 50 28 8 3 10 13 2
2007–08 Södertälje SK SEL 52 14 20 34 24
2008–09 Södertälje SK SEL 53 14 15 29 8
2009–10 Södertälje SK SEL 51 19 32 51 20
2010–11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 47 22 23 45 20
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Malmö Redhawks Swe.1 51 20 30 50 24 6 4 7 11 2
2012–13 Luleå HF SEL 47 10 14 24 18 14 4 8 12 4
2013–14 Luleå HF SHL 54 28 29 57 45 6 2 2 4 0
SHL totals 257 85 110 195 117 20 6 10 16 4
NHL totals 4 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2014 Minsk
Men's Inline Hockey
World Championships
Gold 2007 Landshut
Gold 2008 Bratislava
Gold 2009 Ingolstadt
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Sweden WC Bronze medal icon.svg 10 2 7 9 8
Senior totals 10 2 7 9 8

Inline Hockey[edit]

Linus has competed for Sweden at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klasen Reassigned to Milwaukee". predators.nhl.com. Nashville Predators. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Linus Klasen klar för Malmö" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  3. ^ Martin, Nathalie (2012-05-17). "Hugo Stenbeck och Malmö Redhawks eniga" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  4. ^ Hedlund, Robert (2012-05-22). "Poängstark forward till Luleå Hockey" (in Swedish). Luleå HF. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  5. ^ Andersson, Jan Peter (2012-05-23), "Klasen tar med sig rekordlönen till Luleå", Expressen (in Swedish), retrieved 2012-05-23 
  6. ^ "The talent and the golden hands of Linus Klasen come to Lugano" (in German). HC Lugano. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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