Viktor Stålberg

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Viktor Stålberg
Viktor Stalberg Hawks.png
Born (1986-01-17) January 17, 1986 (age 28)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 161st overall, 2006
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2009–present

Viktor Stålberg (born January 17, 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey winger for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

During the 2005–06 season, Stålberg played for Frölunda HC in the J20 SuperElit. He led the team in scoring with 33 goals and 31 assists in 48 games during the regular season and playoffs.[1] After this season, Stålberg was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 6th round (161st overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Stålberg joined the University of Vermont, hitting the ice for his freshman season in 2006–07.[1] He was one of only two freshmen on the team who played in all 39 of the club's games that season.[1] He finished the season with 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points.[2] During the season, he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on November 13, 2006, as well as being named to the Hockey East Weekly Honor Roll.[1] At the end of the season, Stålberg was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.[1]

During his sophomore season in 2007–08, Stålberg again played in all 39 games for the Catamounts, scoring 10 goals and adding 13 assists.[2] During the year, he was named Hockey East Player of the Week three times, and was also named to the Hockey East Weekly Honor Roll three times.[1] At the end of the season, he was an honorable mention Hockey East All-Star and had earned a spot on the Hockey East All-Academic Team.[1]

During his junior year at Vermont, Stålberg again played in 39 games, scoring 24 goals and adding 22 assists.[2] His 24 goals ranked fourth in the nation, and he led Vermont in points.[1] He garnered many individual honors during this season. He was one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He was the first player from the University of Vermont to be a finalist for the award since Martin St. Louis.[3] He was named the Hockey East Player of the Month for January, and picked up two Hockey East Player of the Week honors.[1] During his Junior year with the University of Vermont he and his teammates made it to the Frozen Four Stalberg was a finalist for the 2008-09 Hobey Baker award in his final season with the Catamounts. He ranked fifth in the country in goals (24) that year and was first on the team in points (46) on the way to leading the Catamounts to the Frozen Four. He was the fourth player in program history to be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker award along with Kirk McCaskill '83 (1982), Eric Perrin '97 (1996) and Martin St. Louis '97 (1995, 1996, 1997). Stalberg was also named a Division I First-Team All-American in 2008-09

Professional[edit]

After his successful junior campaign at the University of Vermont, Stålberg decided to turn pro, signing a two-year entry level contract with the Maple Leafs on April 14, 2009.[4] Immediately after signing his contract, Stålberg was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He made his professional debut with the Marlies during the 2008–09 AHL playoffs.[4] On June 30, 2010, Stalberg was traded along with prospects Philippe Paradis and Chris DiDomenico to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kris Versteeg and Bill Sweatt.

Stålberg recorded his first career hat trick on January 10, 2012 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[5]

Stålberg won the Stanley Cup in 2013 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stålberg signed a 4 year deal worth $12 million with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2013.

International[edit]

Stålberg was selected to represent Sweden in the 2012 IIHF World Championship.[6]

Personal[edit]

Stålberg's parents are Eddy and Maria Stålberg of Lerum, Sweden.[1] He has two younger brothers, Alexander, and Sebastian, who currently plays hockey for the Worcester Sharks. His favorite athlete is former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Frölunda HC J20 41 27 26 53 89 7 6 5 11 6
2006–07 University of Vermont HE 39 7 8 15 53
2007–08 University of Vermont HE 39 10 13 23 34
2008–09 University of Vermont HE 39 24 22 46 32
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 2 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 39 12 21 33 36
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 9 5 14 30
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 12 12 24 43 7 1 0 1 5
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 22 21 43 34 6 0 2 2 8
2012–13 Frölunda HC SEL 11 7 5 12 10
2012–13 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 14 3 7 10 4
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 9 14 23 25 19 0 3 3 6
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 70 8 10 18 32
NHL totals 313 60 62 122 164 32 1 5 6 19

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Sweden WC 6th 8 3 1 4 2
Senior totals 8 3 1 4 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East First Team 2008–09
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2008–09
NHL
Stanley Cup Champion 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Profile". University of Vermont. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Viktor Stalberg". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Hobey Baker Award Announces Top Ten Finalists". hobeybaker.com. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Viktor Stalberg". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Boxscore - January 12, 2012". SI.com. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Jesse. "Several Hawks to play in Championships". ESPN.com. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 

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