Marcus Krüger

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Marcus Krüger
Marcus Kruger - Chicago Blackhawks.jpg
Krüger with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
Born (1990-05-27) May 27, 1990 (age 24)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Djurgårdens IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 149th overall, 2009
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2009–present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Silver 2011 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2010 Canada

Marcus Krüger (born May 27, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the 5th round (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Before joining the Blackhawks, Krüger previously played for Stockholm-based Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Elite League. He helped the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in 2013. Krüger represents Sweden in international play, helping his country capture a bronze medal at the junior level and a silver medal in senior international play.

Playing career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Krüger was announced as the first of four nominees for the 2009–10 Elitserien Rookie of the Year on 18 October 2009[1] after starting the season with five goals and eleven assists in just 13 games.

National Hockey League[edit]

Kruger signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in June 2010 but decided to stay with Djurgarden during the first year of the contract[2][3] He was recalled from Djurgården for Chicago on 23 March 2011.[4] Kruger's first full season with the Blackhawks was in 2011–2012, when he played in 71 games with the club, scoring 9 goals and adding 17 assists.[5]

On April 9, 2013, in game five of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Kruger scored his first playoff goal which happened to be the game winner against Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding. The Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals,[6] and Kruger contributed three goals during the team's playoff run.[7] After his playoff success with the team, Krüger signed a two year extension with the Blackhawks on July 12, 2013.[7]

International play[edit]

Kruger has represented Sweden three times in international play. At the junior level, he helped his country capture a bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships. After graduating to the senior level, Kruger has played for Sweden twice, in 2011 (finishing with a silver medal) and 2012.[5] Kruger represented Sweden in the Winter Olympics in 2014. After several injuries in the Swedish team Kruger was Sweden's first center in the final against Canada.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF J20 22 3 13 16 16 7 5 3 8 0
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF SEL 15 2 2 4 2
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF J20 34 9 30 39 24 6 1 5 6 2
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 38 11 20 31 14 16 3 7 10 6
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 52 6 29 35 52 3 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 0 0 4 5 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 9 17 26 22 6 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 34 8 14 22 24
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 4 9 13 24 23 3 2 5 2
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 8 20 28 36 19 1 3 4 6
NHL totals 206 21 46 67 86 53 4 7 11 8
SEL totals 105 19 51 70 68 19 3 8 11 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WJC 6 0 6 6 2
2011 Sweden WC 9 2 1 3 10
2012 Sweden WC 8 3 2 5 6
2014 Sweden Oly 6 0 0 0 4
Junior totals 6 0 6 6 2
Senior totals 23 5 3 8 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feltenmark, Anders (18 October 2009). "Marcus Krüger Årets Rookiekandidat". Svenska Ishockeyförbundet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Blackhawks sign 2009 draft pick Marcus Kruger". June 18, 2010. Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Krüger skrev på för NHL-mästarna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). June 17, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blackhawks recall forward Marcus Kruger from Sweden". blackhawks.nhl.com. Chicago Blackhawks. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Marcus Kruger, Blackhawks". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Blackhawks Defeate Bruins for Stanley Cup". New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Neveau, James (2013-07-12). "Marcus Kruger Agrees to 2-Year Deal With Blackhawks". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 

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