June 6, 1987 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||108th overall, 2005
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Silver||2014 Sochi||Ice Hockey|
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.
|2012–13||Bolzano HC||Serie A||16||6||16||22||8||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Sharks sign free agent D Hjalmarsson to offer sheet". TSN. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- "Blackhawks Defeate Bruins for Stanley Cup". New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
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