Anders Hedberg

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Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg.jpg
Born (1951-02-25) 25 February 1951 (age 67)
Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Modo AIK
Djurgårdens IF
Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1967–1985
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1970 Switzerland
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1970 Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal – third place 1973 Soviet Union
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Finland

Anders Hedberg (born 25 February 1951) is a retired professional ice hockey player who was one of the first European-born players to make an impact in North America. Along with countryman Ulf Nilsson, Hedberg signed a contract to come over to play for the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1974, after having represented both Modo Hockey and Djurgårdens IF in his native Sweden. Hedberg subsequently played during seven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers. He was twice voted best junior in Sweden and as such the only one[clarification needed] (1969 and 1970) and is a graduate from the Stockholm School of Physical Education (GIH).

Playing career[edit]

Hedberg was an instant sensation in the WHA, recording 100 points in 65 games in his first season, and playing alongside established superstar Bobby Hull. He scored at least 50 goals and 100 points in his other three WHA seasons, peaking with 70 goals and 61 assists in 1976-77 despite only playing 68 games that year.

Hedberg played a starring role as the Jets won the Avco World Trophy titles in 1976 and 1978. In the summer of 1978, Nilsson and Hedberg signed with the NHL's New York Rangers for $2.4 million, one of the first open acknowledgements that the quality of the WHA was on par with the NHL, making a merger with the WHA possible just one season later. Hedberg recorded 856 professional points in North American hockey over 751 games, and retired from the Rangers in 1985.

Post-playing career[edit]

After his active career, Hedberg has among other things worked as an assistant to general manager Craig Patrick of the New York Rangers. Between 1991-1997 he worked as a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs before moving up to the position as assistant general manager in 1997-1999. In 2000, he was appointed general manager of the Swedish national ice hockey team and joined the Ottawa Senators as Director of Player Personnel in 2002-07.[1] In August 2007, he returned to the New York Rangers as the Head Professional European Scout. He was elected to the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame on 11 February 2012.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1966–67 Svedjeholmens IK SWE III 16 24 24
1967–68 Modo AIK SWE 24 12 6 18
1968–69 Modo AIK SWE 19 10 13 23 2
1969–70 Modo AIK SWE 14 9 14 23 2
1970–71 Modo AIK SWE 14 7 6 13 0
1971–72 Modo AIK SWE 2 1 0 1 0 6 3 5 8 0
1972–73 Djurgårdens IF SWE 12 6 3 9 2 14 6 7 13 4
1973–74 Djurgårdens IF SWE 14 10 6 16 2 14 7 7 14 4
1974–75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 65 53 47 100 45
1975–76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 76 50 55 105 48 13 13 6 19 15
1976–77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 68 70 61 131 48 20 13 16 29 13
1977–78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 77 63 59 122 60 9 9 6 15 2
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 80 33 45 78 33 18 5 4 9 12
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 80 32 39 71 21 9 3 2 5 7
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 80 30 40 70 52 14 8 8 16 6
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 78 25 34 59 12 9 4 8 12 4
1983–84 New York Rangers NHL 79 32 35 67 16 5 1 0 1 0
1984–85 New York Rangers NHL 64 20 31 51 10 3 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 465 172 225 397 144 58 22 24 46 31
SWE totals 99 55 48 103 8 34 16 19 35 8
WHA totals 286 236 222 458 201 42 35 28 63 30

International[edit]

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
1968 Sweden EJC 5 6 1 7 0
1969 Sweden EJC 5 5 0 5 2
1970 Sweden EJC 5 6
1970 Sweden WC 9 2 3 5 0
1972 Sweden WC 10 6 5 11 4
1973 Sweden WC 10 2 5 7 0
1974 Sweden WC 10 7 3 10 2
1976 Sweden CC 5 3 2 5 4
1981 Sweden CC 5 4 2 6 0
Junior totals 15 17
Senior totals 49 24 20 44 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hedberg's profile on the Ottawa Senators site[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Hedberg och Loob i Hall of fame" (in Swedish). allehanda.se. 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  3. ^ WHA Hall of Fame Members

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Brad Park
Bill Masterton Trophy winner
1985
Succeeded by
Charlie Simmer