Niclas Wallin

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Niclas Wallin
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Born (1975-02-20) 20 February 1975 (age 39)
Boden, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
SEL team
Former teams
Retired
Brynäs IF
Carolina Hurricanes
San Jose Sharks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 97th overall, 2000
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 1996–2012

Niclas Wallin (born 20 February 1975) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player who last played for Luleå of the Swedish Elitserien (SEL).

Playing career[edit]

Wallin's career began in Bodens IK, his hometown team. Having had a breakthrough in the 1995–96 season, he was picked up by the Swedish Elitserien team Brynäs. After spending some years with Brynäs, Wallin was drafted in the fourth round, 97th overall by the Hurricanes at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and remained at the team until February 2010. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Wallin returned to his native Sweden, playing 39 games for Luleå. In 2006, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Niclas Wallin is known to many Hurricanes fans as The Secret Weapon due to his timing with postseason goals. He has only scored four of them, but all of them have been game winners, and three have come in overtime, including a game against the Montreal Canadiens in 2002 and Game 2 of the 2006 postseason series against the New Jersey Devils. The fourth one was a game-winning goal in Game 2 of the 2011 Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Wallin was featured in a Top 10 list on TSN's Sportscentre in 2006 after he scored a famous own goal in a game against the Washington Capitals. A delayed penalty was called on Washington, and Carolina removed their goalie from the net to get an extra skater. Wallin was chased out of the offensive zone by Alexander Ovechkin and tried to deke around a passing referee. When he did this, Wallin lost control of the puck and it sailed more than 100 feet into Carolina's open net.

On 7 February 2010, it was announced that Wallin was traded to the San Jose Sharks along with a fifth round draft pick in exchange for a second round draft pick that originally belonged to the Buffalo Sabres in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On 26 June 2010, Wallin re-signed to a one-year contract to remain with the Sharks for the following 2010–11 season.

On 15 June 2011, Wallin signed a three-year contract to return home to captain Luleå HF of the Elitserien.[1]

International career[edit]

After a lengthy hockey career, Wallin finally got the call to represent Sweden in the 2008 World Championships, in which he did not disappoint, scoring two goals and two assists in seven games.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Boden 13 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Boden 30 2 7 9 26 2 0 1 1 2
1996–97 Brynäs SEL 47 1 1 2 16
1997–98 Brynäs SEL 46 2 4 6 95
1998–99 Brynäs SEL 46 2 4 6 52 14 0 0 0 8
1999–00 Brynäs SEL 48 7 9 16 73
2000–01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 8 1 2 3 4 3 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 37 2 3 5 21 3 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 52 1 2 3 36 23 2 1 3 12
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 2 8 10 71
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 3 7 10 51
2004–05 Luleå SEL 39 6 7 13 89 3 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 50 4 4 8 42 25 1 4 5 14
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 67 2 8 10 48
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 66 2 6 8 54
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 64 2 8 10 42 18 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 47 0 5 5 26
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 23 0 2 2 23 6 0 0 0 2
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 3 5 8 46 18 1 3 4 10
NHL totals 614 21 58 79 460 93 4 8 12 44

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008 Sweden WC 4th 7 2 2 4 33 +1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niclas Wallin". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Niclas Wallin – player profile". eurohockey.net. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

Article mentions Wallin as retired (Swedish)

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