Niklas Kronwall

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Niklas Kronwall
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Born (1981-01-12) January 12, 1981 (age 33)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2000
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1999–present

Hans Niklas Kronwall (born January 12, 1981) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kronwall started his career in Järfälla HC in Sweden, and has played for the Swedish National Team. In the NHL, Kronwall has gained notoriety for being an open ice hitter, and the phrase "being Kronwalled" was coined to describe his signature back-pedaling hits.

His younger brother Staffan plays for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

I know one scout who tried to bring up Niklas Kronwall's name with his team. They just laughed at him. They never even had a serious dialogue. They just stopped him. They said 'a 5-11 Swedish defenceman?' [The Red Wings] organization is more open-minded than that.

-Håkan Andersson, Director of European Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings[1]

Kronwall was selected in the 1st round, 29th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.[2] He continued to play for Djurgårdens IF until he came to North America in 2003. He played 20 games for Detroit in the 2003–04 season, scoring one goal and four assists for five points, to go along with 16 penalty minutes.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Kronwall played a complete season for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings' top affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He notched 13 goals and 40 assists in 76 games while also playing a solid defense. For his efforts, Kronwall was awarded the Eddie Shore Award as the top defenceman in the AHL.

Kronwall was injured in an exhibition game against Colorado Avalanche in September 2005[3] and missed more than half of the 2005–06 season with a serious knee injury.

In late 2005, he was named member of the Swedish Olympic Team but dropped out in early 2006 because of his injured knee. When Mattias Öhlund was injured against Switzerland, Kronwall was called in to replace him.

Kronwall in 2009 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6.

He also played at the IIHF 2006 World Championship to win the other international gold medal. This makes him one of only eight players who have won both Olympic and World Cup gold the same year. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008, making him a member of the Triple Gold Club. He also led all defencemen in scoring with 15 points in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. Kronwall scored six goals to go with 45 assists during the 2008–09 NHL season, and followed it up with two goals and seven assists during the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Red Wings came within a game of repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

On December 27, 2010, he helped teammate and goaltender Chris Osgood get his 400th win by scoring the game-winning goal and lifting the Red Wings to a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche.

On October 31, 2011, Kronwall and Detroit agreed to a seven-year contract. Playing in all 82 regular season games during the 2011–12 NHL season, Kronwall recorded a career high 15 goals for the Red Wings.

Upon the retirement of veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012, Kronwall became Detroit's number one defenseman. During the lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season, Kronwall appeared in all 48 regular season games, usually paired with fellow Swede Jonathan Ericsson. Kronwall finished the regular season scoring five goals along with 24 assists as the Red Wings clinched their 22nd consecutive playoff berth.

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
Gold 2006 Turin
World Championships
Gold 2006
Silver 2003

"Kronwalled"[edit]

Kronwall has developed a reputation as one of the stronger hitters in the league. Fans refer to the frequently devastating hits as being "Kronwalled." The most famous incident stems from the 2009 Western Conference Finals when Kronwall delivered a strong finishing check to Chicago Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat which rendered Havlat unconscious. Though he was penalized on ice, no supplemental discipline was issued.[4] Further notable incidents of Kronwall's checking include Dany Heatley, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Kesler,[5] Jakub Voracek,[6] and Kaspars Saulietis.[7] Searching videos, "Kronwalled" has passed from a regional, sport-specific term to a more generalized use for any collision between two people resulting in one of them ending up in the prone position.[citation needed]

Achievements[edit]

  • Elitserien champion with Djurgårdens IF in 2000 and 2001.
  • Elitserien Junior Hockey Player of the Year in 2000.
  • Silver medal at the World Championships in 2003.
  • Awarded the Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding defenceman) in 2005.
  • Named to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2005.
  • Gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2006.
  • Gold medal at the World Championships in 2006.
  • Named MVP and Best Defender in World Championships in 2006.
  • Named to the World Championship All-Star Team in 2006.
  • Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.
  • Silver medal at the Winter Olympics in 2014.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Huddinge IK Swe-2 24 1 1 2 24
1999–00 Djurgårdens IF SEL 37 1 4 5 16 8 0 0 0 8
2000–01 Djurgårdens IF SEL 31 1 9 10 32 15 0 1 1 8
2001–02 Djurgårdens IF SEL 48 5 7 12 34 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Djurgårdens IF SEL 50 5 13 18 46 12 3 2 5 18
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 1 4 5 16
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 2 11 13 20
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 13 40 53 53
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 1 8 9 28 6 0 3 3 2
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 1 21 22 54
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 7 28 35 25 22 0 15 15 18
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 6 45 51 50 23 2 7 9 33
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 7 15 22 32 12 0 5 5 12
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 11 26 37 36 11 2 4 6 8
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 15 21 36 38 5 0 2 2 4
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 5 24 29 44 14 0 2 2 4
Elitserien totals 166 12 33 45 128 35 3 3 6 34
NHL totals 515 54 192 246 342 94 4 38 42 77

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (2008-06-09). "Secret to success? Meet the Wings' super scout". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Niklas Kronwall". hockeydb.com. April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Ted Kulfan (2005). "Injury costs Wings' Kronwall". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2006-09-21. [dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=423666
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrLhkntCs9c
  6. ^ Klopman, Michael (March 7, 2012). "Red Wings Enforcer Delivers Monstrous Hit On Flyer". Huffington Post. 
  7. ^ http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2012/05/19/niklas-kronwall-destroys-kaspars-saulietis-at-ice-hockey-world-championship-video/

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jiri Fischer
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Jakub Kindl