Hjalmarsson (A.K.A the "Swedish Missile Defense System") with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
June 6, 1987 |
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||93 kg (205 lb; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||108th overall, 2005
Niklas Hjalmarsson (born June 6, 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has won two Stanley Cups as well as a silver Olympic medal.
In the 2007–08 season, his first in North America, Hjalmarsson made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks. After spending the majority of the season with the Rockford IceHogs, he procured a regular spot on the roster with James Wisniewski's trade to the Anaheim Ducks.
Hjalmarsson became a major installment into the Blackhawks lineup late in the 2008–2009 season and coming into the 2009–2010 season. He played 77 games in the regular season and all 22 in the playoffs for the team, tallying over 19 minutes per game, switching between a position in the second and third lines of defensive pairings. Over that time, he recorded a production value (PROD) of a point roughly every 45 minutes of it, while his season PROD was 89 minutes. A slapshot of Hjalmarsson's was redirected by Andrew Ladd to take a 3–2 lead in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals where his team won in 4–3 in overtime.
On July 9, 2010 Hjalmarsson signed an offer sheet with the San Jose Sharks for 4 years and $14 million. On July 12 the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they would match the offer sheet. Hjalmarsson was the first defenseman in 13 years to receive an offer sheet as a restricted free agent. Critically, Chicago's matching of the offer sheet meant that they did not have enough cap space to re-sign Antti Niemi, who ended up joining the Sharks later that offseason.
Regular season and playoffs
|2012–13||Bolzano HC||Serie A||16||6||16||22||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Sweden|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
- "Sharks sign free agent D Hjalmarsson to offer sheet". TSN. Associated Press. 9 July 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
- Klein, Jeff Z. (24 June 2013). "17 Seconds, 2 Goals and a Victory". New York Times. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
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