Mark Owuya

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Mark Owuya
Mark Owuya Royals2.JPG
Owuya playing for the Reading Royals in 2012
Born (1989-07-18) July 18, 1989 (age 25)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
SHL team
Former teams
Luleå HF
Djurgårdens IF (SEL)
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Mark Aloysius Opoya Owuya (born July 18, 1989) is a professional Swedish ice hockey goaltender. He plays with Luleå HF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).


Owuya began playing junior hockey with Djurgårdens IF in the 2005–06 season when he began playing with the U18 team. The following season Owuya played with both Djurgården's U18 and J20 team and also played most of the games with the Djurgården's J20 team in the 2007–08 season. While Stefan Ridderwall joined team Sweden for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Owuya made his Elitserien debut on January 3, 2008, against Brynäs IF.[1] He was loaned out to Mälarhöjden/Bredängs IK during the 2007–08 winter,[2] and was also later loaned out to Almtuna IS for the entire 2008–09 season.[3] Owuya was also on loan during the 2009–10 season, first to Örebro HK and later Mora IK.[4] In the 2010 pre-season, Owuya was moved up to Djurgården's senior team, to compete with goaltender Stefan Ridderwall to be the first choice in the goal.[5] Ultimately, Owuya played in 32 out of 55 games in the 2010–11 Elitserien season, with a 2.18 goals against average and league-best save percentage of .927.[6][7] He also played in all of Djurgården's seven playoff games, with a 1.66 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.[8]

Doping suspension[edit]

On July 7, 2014, the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) suspended Owuya from all sporting activity for one year.[9][10][11][12] The verdict came due to an incident in February, in which Owuya disappeared without supervision during out-of-competition testing for doping. When Owuya eventually returned and did the test, it was negative. Due to concerns of manipulation, Owuya was reported by the tester at that time.[11][9] Owuya will miss the 2014–15 SHL season as a result, but plans to appeal the suspension before July 28, 2014.[12][10]


His father is from Uganda and his mother is from Russia.[13] Mark's brother Sebastian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010. Owuya is also known in Sweden for rapping on popular talent show Idol as "Mark In Da Park".[13]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2009 Ottawa Ice hockey

Owuya represented Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[14]


  1. ^ Alexanderson, Thomas. "Mark Owuyas Elitseriedebut". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Peterson, Jimmy. "Dennis och Mark lånas ut". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Alexanderson, Thomas. "Mark in da Almtuna-park". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Arvidsson, Johan (January 24, 2010). "Owuya klar för konkurrent". Nerikes Allehanda (in Swedish). Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hovets sista utposter i ständig konkurrens". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). September 6, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Swedish goaltending prospect Owuya". April 28, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Målvaktsstatistik". (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Målvaktsstatistik". (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Beslut från Dopingnämnden" (PDF). Swedish Sports Confederation (in Swedish). July 7, 2014. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Mattsson, Sebastian; Yesil, Sarp; Landén, Petter (July 10, 2014). "Luleås Mark Owuya blir avstängd i ett år". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Wahlberg, Malin (July 10, 2014). "När han gick in på toa tänkte jag att han manipulerade testet". Sportbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Hedlund, Robert (July 10, 2014). "Avstängningen av Owuya" (in Swedish). Luleå HF. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Abrahamsson, Hans (October 16, 2010). "Jag ska till NHL". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sweden stays perfect". The Globe and Mail. CP. December 19, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 

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