Mattias Weinhandl

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Mattias Weinhandl
Mattias Weinhandl 2010-12-12 (1).jpg
Weinhandl with SKA Saint Petersburg in 2010
Born (1980-06-01) June 1, 1980 (age 34)
Ljungby, SWE
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Modo Hockey
New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild
Linköpings HC
HC Dynamo Moscow
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 78th overall, 1999
New York Islanders
Playing career 1999–2014

Mattias Weinhandl (born June 1, 1980) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey right winger who last played for Linköpings HC of the Swedish Elitserien.

Weinhandl was drafted 78th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He played 182 career NHL games for the Islanders and the Minnesota Wild, scoring 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points. He overcame a serious eye injury in 1999 to make the Islanders squad two seasons later.

Playing career[edit]

On November 13, 1999, the 19-year-old Weinhandl was playing for Team Sweden in a game against the Czech Republic in the U-20 Four Nations Tournament. Approximately 51 minutes into the game, Weinhandl was struck in the left eye by Czech player Michal Trávníček's stick. The incident came mere seconds after Weinhandl hooked Trávníček in the hip area to prevent him from getting past him. Trávníček fell down and upon rising, assaulted Weinhandl with his stick, aiming it in a way that it would reach under Weinhandl's half visor and strike the Swede in the face. Weinhandl's forehead was fractured and his vision in the eye was reduced to 10%. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) judged the incident to be an attack and banned Trávníček from participating in international play for three years.

NHL[edit]

New York Islanders[edit]

Weinhandl broke into the NHL during the 2002–03 season. He tallied his first NHL point (an assist) in his first NHL game on November 4, 2002 against the Calgary Flames. He picked up his first NHL goal 23 days later, on November 27, against the Ottawa Senators' goalie Patrick Lalime. He played in that season's YoungStars game, which took place in Sunrise, Florida during the All-Star break and picked up a goal and an assist. He missed a number of games during the early part of the season due to a sprained shoulder, but finished the year with 23 points (six goals and 17 assists) in 47 games.

The following season, Weinhandl was forced to start the season for the Islanders' minor league team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, to rehab an ankle injury that kept him out of the 2003 playoffs and required surgery over the summer. Upon being deemed fit to play for the Islanders, Weinhandl played for the most part on a line with Alexei Yashin, and notched 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) in 55 games.

Minnesota Wild[edit]

Upon returning from his 2004–05 campaign in Sweden, Weinhandl was quickly signed to a two-year, $1.6 million contract to keep him with the Islanders. Weinhandl played mostly on the team's fourth line. He recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in 53 games for the Islanders before he was waived and claimed by the Minnesota Wild on March 4, 2006. In 15 games for Minnesota, Weinhandl picked up two goals and three assists.

In the 2006–07 season, Weinhandl was a healthy scratch in 13 of the team's first 28 games (missing an additional three games after suffering a concussion) before being waived by the Wild on December 8, 2006.

AHL[edit]

Houston Aeros[edit]

Unclaimed he was assigned to the Wild's minor league affiliate, the Houston Aeros, on December 9. Before being sent down, he tallied one goal and one assist in 12 games.

Weinhandl found some success in the minor league. He played in 48 games with the Aeros, scoring 18 goals and 27 assists with a total of 20 penalty minutes. During that span, he had several multi-point games, including four assists in one of the final games of the season.

Elitserien[edit]

Modo[edit]

From the 1999–00 season to the 2001–02 season, Weinhandl played for Modo in the Swedish elite league Elitserien. His first season there, he was on a very successful line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, now of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. The line was dubbed "Line 19", as Weinhandl and both Sedins were 19-years-of-age at the time. He returned to play for Modo again in the 2004–05 season due to the NHL lockout. Weinhandl led the team in scoring with 46 points (26 goals and 20 assists) in 50 games and was third in the league in points, behind only Henrik Zetterberg of Timrå and Kristian Huselius of Linköping, and tied with Shawn Horcoff of Mora.

Linköping[edit]

Weinhandl signed with Linköping on April 22, 2007. He signed a two-year deal worth 7.2 million Swedish kronor, with an option for a third year. During the 2007–08 season, Weinhandl enjoyed a good return to Sweden, scoring 35 goals to win the Håkan Loob Trophy. He also netted 27 assists for a total of 62 points, second in the league only to his line mate Tony Mårtensson.

Weinhandl drew the attention of the Russian Superleague (RSL) and on April 23, 2008, it was announced that he would be loaned out to Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the 2008–09 season.[1] That same day, he also signed a contract extension with Linköping, ensuring his return and keeping him in Linköping's possession through 2012.

After Linköping's early exit in the 2009 Elitserien playoffs, it seemed that the team would bring back all of their loaned players, including Weinhandl. However, it was announced on April 14 that Weinhandl would be staying with Dynamo Moscow in Russia for another season.[2]

On April 21, 2012, it was announced that Weinhandl would be returning to Linköping and play there for at least two more years, much to the liking of the fans.

On April 26, 2014, Weinhandl officially announced his retirement as a player due to injuries.

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

Weinhandl's first season in Russia was not quite as successful as he might have hoped — he suffered a knee injury late in the pre-season that caused him to miss the first fourteen games of the season.[3] He finished the regular season with 16 goals and 17 assists in 41 games. Dynamo was a participant in the 2008 Spengler Cup that took place in December 2008. Weinhandl, along with his teammate Dmitry Afanasenkov, led the tournament in scoring with seven points apiece and helped Dynamo win the tournament for the second time in their history.

Weinhandl elevated his game in the 2009 KHL playoffs, scoring 16 points in 12 games, and was among the statistical leaders in several offensive categories. In addition, he was named the league's best forward in the month of March, based on his play in the playoffs. The team made it to the semi-final round, where it was eliminated by the eventual Gagarin Cup winner Ak Bars Kazan.

Weinhandl returned to Dynamo Moscow for the 2009–10 season, scoring 60 points in 56 games. This placed him again among the statistical league leaders, most notably as the top scoring foreign (non-Russian) player. He was also named best forward for the month of October. Dynamo fared poorly in the playoffs that season and was eliminated in the first round.

SKA St. Petersburg[edit]

After the 2009-2010 season, Dynamo Moscow was disbanded and Weinhandl was instead contracted by SKA St Petersburg prior to 2010-2011 season. During this season he has been reunited with his old line-mate from Linköping, Tony Mårtensson, and former Islanders teammate Alexei Yashin. SKA took part in the 2010 Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland, in December 2010. Weinhandl helped his team beat Team Canada in the final to win the tournament for the fourth time in team history and the first time since 1977. It was also the third year in a row that a team from the KHL won the tournament.

Return to Sweden[edit]

Weinhandl left the KHL after four seasons and returned to his native Sweden in signing a contract with former club Linköpings HC. In the midst of his second season with the club, and having sat out the entirety of year due to lingering concussion symptoms, Weinhandl announced his retirement from professional hockey on April 26, 2014.[4]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Germany
Bronze 2009 Switzerland
Bronze 2002 Sweden

Weinhandl has played for Sweden's national team often in his career, including the 1999 IIHF World U20 Championship, and the IIHF World Championships in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Weinhandl was among the top scorers in both the 2008 and 2009 tournaments, ending up tied for third in total points each year. In 2009, he helped the Tre Kronor win bronze, their first medal since winning the gold in 2006.

On December 27, 2009, Weinhandl was named to the 2010 Swedish Olympic national team.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Modo Hockey SEL 32 15 9 24 6
2000–01 Modo Hockey SEL 48 16 16 32 14 6 1 3 4 6
2001–02 Modo Hockey SEL 50 18 16 34 10 14 4 11 15 4
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 23 9 12 21 14
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 47 6 17 23 10
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 10 3 6 9 10
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 55 8 12 20 26 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Modo Hockey SEL 50 26 20 46 18 6 0 0 0 4
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 53 2 4 6 14
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 15 2 3 5 10
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 12 1 1 2 10
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 48 18 27 45 20
2007–08 Linköpings HC SEL 54 35 27 62 69 16 7 10 17 8
2008–09 HC Dynamo Moscow KHL 41 16 16 32 53 12 6 10 16 4
2009–10 HC Dynamo Moscow KHL 56 26 34 60 36 4 1 0 1 2
2010–11 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 54 21 28 49 42 11 5 4 9 16
2011–12 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 45 13 23 36 30 13 2 2 4 14
2012–13 Linköpings HC SEL 30 9 7 16 14 8 0 1 1 2
SHL totals 264 119 95 214 131 63 17 28 45 32
NHL totals 182 19 37 56 70 5 0 0 0 2
KHL totals 196 76 103 179 136 40 14 16 30 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Sweden EJC 1st 6 2 1 3 4
1999 Sweden WJC 4th 6 0 3 3 2
2002 Sweden WC 3rd 9 3 4 7 4
2005 Sweden WC 4th 8 0 1 1 0
2008 Sweden WC 4th 9 5 8 13 2
2009 Sweden WC 3rd 9 5 7 12 8
2010 Sweden Oly 5th 4 0 2 2 2
2010 Sweden WC 3rd 2 3 0 3 0
Junior totals 12 2 4 6 6
Senior totals 41 16 22 38 16

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mäki, Anders (2008-04-23). "Tony och Mattias till Ryssland". Linköpings Hockey Club. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ Hallgren, Rasmus (2009-04-14). "Nästa säsong officiellt igång". Linköpings Hockey Club. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ Abrahamsson, Hans (2008-08-31). "Mattias Weinhandl slipper operation". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ "After injury problems, now ends Weinhandl" (in Swedish). espressen.se. 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

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