Henrik Tallinder

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Henrik Tallinder
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Born (1979-01-10) 10 January 1979 (age 40)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for AIK IF
HC TPS
Buffalo Sabres
Linköpings HC
SC Bern
New Jersey Devils
ZSC Lions
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 48th overall, 1997
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1997–2018

Henrik Per Tallinder (born 10 January 1979) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils.

Playing career[edit]

Tallinder made his professional debut in his native Sweden with AIK IF in the Elitserien during the 1996–97 season. Showing elite potential, Tallinder was drafted 48th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

After signing with the Buffalo Sabres, Tallinder made his North American debut in the 2001–02 season with AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He was recalled in his first season appearing in 2 scoreless games for the Sabres.

Tallinder suffered a broken left arm in game 3 of the Sabres Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes and missed the remainder of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. At the time of the injury, he was tied for the NHL playoff lead in plus/minus at +14.

During the 10th game of the 2006–07 season, Tallinder broke the same arm during a game against the New York Islanders. During a game against New Jersey on 6 February 2008, he became the first Sabres defenceman to score in a shootout, scoring against Martin Brodeur.

On 1 July 2010, Tallinder signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

On 7 July 2013, Tallinder was traded back to the team that drafted him, the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Riley Boychuk.

In September 2014, Tallinder would sign a tryout with the Toronto Maple Leafs, however, he suffered an injury in a preseason game against his former team the Sabres and was ultimately released without a contract.[1] After playing in four games with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, Tallinder signalled the end of his North American career in returning to Europe and agreeing to a contract with the ZSC Lions of the NLA.

On October 9, 2018, Tallinder officially announced his retirement after 22 professional seasons.[2]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing Sweden Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Sweden/Finland

On 27 December 2009, Tallinder was selected to the Sweden Men's Ice Hockey Olympic team for the February 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. He later completed in his second Olympics in Sochi, Russia, claiming the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Personal[edit]

In 2005, Tallinder, and fellow Swedish hockey players Kristian Huselius and Andreas Lilja were investigated on suspicion of sexual exploitation. In March 2005, all three players were suspended from the Swedish national team for one year, with Huselius and Tallinder being released by Swedish club Linköping. Lilja was not suspended by Swedish club Mora, but decided to take a break for the remainder of the rest of the season.[3]

Initially police had dropped their investigation within two days 11 February 2005 when a 22-year-old woman accused the trio of raping her 9 February, because of a lack of evidence. However, a special prosecutor reopened the case in March, leading to the suspensions.[4] Tallinder and the others were cleared in June of that year.[5]

As of 2015, Tallinder has lived in Turku, Finland. He has two children with his Finnish wife Anna.[6][7][8]

Career statistics[edit]

Tallinder during his tenure with the Devils.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 AIK SWE Jr 28 2 6 8
1996–97 AIK SEL 1 0 0 0 0
1997–98 AIK SEL 34 0 0 0 53
1997–98 Piteå HC SWE II 6 1 2 3 5
1998–99 AIK SEL 35 0 0 0 29
1999–2000 AIK SEL 50 0 2 2 59
2000–01 TPS SM-l 56 5 9 14 62 10 2 1 3 8
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Rochester Americans AHL 73 6 14 20 26 2 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 3 10 13 28
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 1 9 10 26
2004–05 Linköpings HC SEL 44 6 10 16 63
2004–05 SC Bern NLA 10 1 1 2 4
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 6 15 21 74 14 2 6 8 16
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 4 10 14 34 16 0 2 2 10
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 1 17 18 48
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 1 11 12 36
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 4 16 20 32 6 0 2 2 2
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 5 11 16 40
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 39 0 6 6 16 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 25 1 3 4 10
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 2 6 8 34
2014–15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 0 1 1 0
2014–15 ZSC Lions NLA 16 1 3 4 12 18 0 3 3 24
2015–16 TPS Liiga 54 5 16 21 115 8 3 1 4 8
2016–17 TPS Liiga 59 10 19 29 65 6 1 2 3 0
2017–18 TPS Liiga 46 5 17 22 50 5 0 3 3 16
SEL totals 164 6 12 18 204
NHL totals 678 28 114 142 378 39 5 10 12 28
SM-l/Liiga totals 215 25 61 86 292 29 6 7 13 32

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Sweden EJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 0 0 0 0
1998 Sweden WJC 6th 7 1 0 1 6
1999 Sweden WJC 4th 3 0 0 0 2
2010 Sweden OG 5th 4 0 0 0 4
2013 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 1 2 3 18
2014 Sweden OG 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 14 1 0 1 8
Senior totals 17 1 2 3 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonas Siegel (26 September 2014). "Tallinder's tryout bid with Leafs suddenly in jeopardy". TSN. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Tallinder ends his career" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ Associated Press (16 February 2005). "Allegations in Sweden to be reviewed". TSN. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  4. ^ Canadian Press (3 March 2005). "Swedish NHLers to be re-investigated". TSN. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  5. ^ Associated Press (11 June 2005). "Swedish prosecutor clears three players". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 May 2007.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Voutilainen, Petri (30 July 2016). "Entinen NHL-tähti Henrik Tallinder edusti upean Anna-vaimonsa kanssa!". Seiska (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  7. ^ Piirainen, Joni (10 October 2018). "Henrik Tallinder lopettaa uransa". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ Nikkola, Jari (13 February 2019). "Lähes 700 NHL-ottelun ruotsalaistähti päätti tulla Suomen Turkuun - nyt hänellä on suomalainen vaimo ja kaksi lasta: "Paras päätös elämässäni"". Iltalehti (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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