Jesper Mattsson (ice hockey)

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Jesper Mattsson
Born (1975-05-13) May 13, 1975 (age 41)
Malmö, SWE
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence/right wing
Shoots Right
Played for Saint John Flames
Färjestad BK
Malmö Redhawks
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1993
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1991–present

Jesper Mattsson (born May 13, 1975) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft in the 1st round as the 18th pick overall.

Career[edit]

When Mattsson was a junior, he was considered to be a big star in the future and in 1991, at just 16 years old, he played in Elitserien for his hometown club Malmö IF and before turing 19, he had won the Swedish championship twice (1992 and 1994). In 1993 Calgary Flames drafted him 18th overall in the 1993 NHL Draft. After his fourth season in Elitserien with Malmö IF, Mattsson signed a contract with the Flames. But Mattsson had a rough time in North America, and despite two and half seasons there he never dressed for a single Flames game, and played exclusively with Calgary's farm team, the Saint John Flames of the AHL. During his third season with Saint John he decided to move back to Sweden and Malmö IF and he finished the season with Malmö. He continued to play with Malmö for another six years with varied results.

In the summer of 2004 he decided it was time to move again and this time he signed a three-year contract with Malmö rival SEL team, Färjestad BK. His first seasons with Färjestad was a big disappointment, he only scored 15 points in 48 games, his worst season since 1994. But he played better in the playoffs, scoring 8 points in 15 games. But despite Mattsson's effort Färjestad lost in the finals against Frölunda HC. In his second season with Färjestad he showed the fans that he could play better and he scored 32 points (19 goals, 13 assists) in 45 games. His 19 goals was career high for Mattsson. Mattsson had a good post-season that year as well, tallying 17 points in 18 games, and helped Färjestad capture the Swedish championship.

For the 2010–11 season, Jesper Mattsson returned to Malmö, this time in the second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan. He played there for two seasons, scoring 58 points in 77 games. After the 2011–12 season, Mattsson retired from ice hockey as he was not offered a new contract with Malmö.[1]

Changing position[edit]

For the 2007-08 season, Mattsson was converted to playing defence after being a forward his whole career.[2]

International[edit]

Mattsson represented Sweden in the 1999 Ice Hockey World Championship, winning a Bronze medal, and in the 2006 Ice Hockey World Championship, winning a Gold medal.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs   Qualification
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Malmö IF Elitserien 24 0 1 1 2
1992–93 Malmö IF Elitserien 40 9 8 17 14 5 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Malmö IF Elitserien 40 3 6 9 14 9 1 2 3 2
1994–95 Malmö IF Elitserien 37 9 6 15 30 9 2 0 2 6
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 73 12 26 38 18 9 1 1 2 2
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 72 22 18 40 32 3 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 29 7 11 18 30
1997–98 Malmö IF Elitserien 16 3 5 8 8
1998–99 Malmö IF Elitserien 48 14 16 30 49 8 2 2 4 4
1999–00 Malmö IF Elitserien 50 17 19 36 40 6 0 0 0 6
2000–01 Malmö IF Elitserien 49 17 17 34 63 9 2 2 4 6
2001–02 Malmö IF Elitserien 49 12 10 22 26 5 1 1 2 4
2002–03 Malmö IF Elitserien 42 13 12 25 32
2003–04 Malmö IF Elitserien 48 19 14 33 24 7 3 1 4 4
2004–05 Färjestads BK Elitserien 48 5 10 15 47 15 4 4 8 6
2005–06 Färjestads BK Elitserien 45 19 13 32 50 16 3 12 15 16
2006–07 Färjestads BK Elitserien 51 10 26 36 79 9 1 3 4 12
2006–07 Färjestads BK ECC 2 0 0 0 0
Elitserien totals 587 150 164 314 466 91 16 26 42 62 7 3 1 4 4
AHL totals 174 41 55 96 80 12 2 2 4 2
ECC totals 2 0 0 0 0

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Preceded by
Cory Stillman
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Chris Dingman