Sean Bergenheim

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Sean Bergenheim
Sean Bergenheim 2012-03-09.JPG
Bergenheim playing for the Florida Panthers.
Born (1984-02-08) February 8, 1984 (age 30)
Helsinki, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2002
New York Islanders
Playing career 2001–present

Sean Bergenheim (born February 8, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Bergenheim played in Jokerit of the SM-liiga for three seasons, from 2001 to 2004, winning the Finnish championship in 2002. He was drafted by the New York Islanders as their first pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 22nd overall.

He signed a three-year deal with the New York Islanders in 2003, and played 18 games for the Islanders in his debut season, 2003–04. Bergenheim scored his first NHL goal - a short-handed goal - against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was transferred back to Jokerit in January 2004, and moved back to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in April for the American Hockey League (AHL) playoffs and the subsequent lockout season.

Bergenheim spent most of the 2005–06 season playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. His breakout in the AHL finally brought him back to the New York Islanders, but he was unable to agree on a new contract with the team in the 2006 offseason, and subsequently signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Russian Superleague (RSL).

On October 31, 2006, Bergenheim signed a one-year contract with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien.[1] In Frölunda, he found instant chemistry with fellow forwards Steve Kariya and Martin Plüss to form a very successful line.

On June 18, 2007 Bergenheim signed a one-year contract to return to the NHL with the New York Islanders.[2] During the 2007–08 season, his first full season in the NHL, Bergenheim became the 350th different New York Islander skater to register a goal at Madison Square Garden on March 4, 2008.

Scoring 10 goals in 78 games with the Islanders for the season Bergenheim signed a two-year contract extension on July 14, 2008.[3] With higher expectations for the 2008–09 season, Sean scored 7 points in the first 16 games before he was felled by injury and illness that caused him to miss 26 games.[4] Returning to health in the second half of the season Bergenheim had his first multi-goal game with two goals to help the Islanders shutout the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on February 28, 2009.[5] His strong form with New York continued and on March 7, 2009, Bergenheim recorded his first career hat trick against the New Jersey Devils.[4] He finished the season with a career high 15 goals in only 59 games.

After the 2009–10 season Bergenheim left the Islanders and signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 17, 2010.[6] In his first appearance in the NHL playoffs, despite having only 14 goals in 80 games during the regular season, Bergenheim finished with 9 goals in 16 games en route to victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a sweep of the Washington Capitals before finally falling to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins in seven games.[7]

On July 1, 2011, Bergenheim signed a four-year contract worth $11 million with the Florida Panthers.[8]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2007 Moscow
Bronze 2008 Quebec City
Bronze 2006 Riga
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2004 Helsinki
Bronze 2003 Halifax
Bronze 2002 Pardubice
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze 2001 Helsinki

Bergenheim has represented Finland in the World U18 Championships as well as the World Junior Championships, winning one and three bronze medals, respectively.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Bergenheim With the New York Islanders
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Jokerit SM-l 28 2 2 4 4
2002–03 Jokerit SM-l 38 3 3 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 18 1 1 2 4
2003–04 Jokerit SM-l 20 2 2 4 18 3 1 1 2 0
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 2 3 5 10
2004–05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 61 15 14 29 69
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 55 25 22 47 112
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 28 4 5 9 20
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 9 1 4 5 26
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 36 16 17 33 80
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 78 10 12 22 62
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 59 15 9 24 64
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 63 10 13 23 45
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 14 15 29 56 16 9 2 11 8
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 62 17 6 23 48 7 3 3 6 4
2012–13 HIFK SM-l 2 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 62 16 13 29 40
NHL totals 450 87 74 161 339 23 12 5 17 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Finland Jr. WJC18 3rd 6 3 1 4 8
2002 Finland Jr. WJC18 4th 8 8 4 12 6
2002 Finland Jr. WJC 3rd 7 0 1 1 4
2003 Finland Jr. WJC 3rd 7 2 4 6 6
2004 Finland Jr. WJC 3rd 7 1 3 4 2
2006 Finland WC 3rd 9 2 1 3 4
2007 Finland WC 2nd 9 1 2 3 31
2008 Finland WC 3rd 4 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 35 14 13 27 26
Senior totals 22 3 3 6 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Gyllander (2006). "Finske landslagsmannen Sean Bergenheim klar för Frölunda Indians" (in Swedish). Frölunda Indians. Retrieved 2006-10-31. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Bergie's back!!!". New York Islanders. 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Bergenheim locked in for two years". New York Islanders. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Bergenheim builds momentum". New York Islanders. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Sabres close to dropping out of playoff spot after shutout loss to Isles". CBS Sports. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Lightning sign free agent Bergenheim to one-year deal". The Sports Network. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  7. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470176#&navid=nhl-keymatch
  8. ^ "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Raffi Torres
New York Islanders first round pick
2002
Succeeded by
Robert Nilsson