Johan Hedberg

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Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg (5206113198).jpg
Born (1973-05-05) May 5, 1973 (age 43)
Nacka, SWE
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks
Leksands IF
Dallas Stars
Atlanta Thrashers
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 218th overall, 1994
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1993–2014
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Men's Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Switzerland
Silver medal – second place 1997 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Norway
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Italy

Johan "Moose" Hedberg (born May 5, 1973) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently the goaltending coach and the assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks.

Playing career[edit]

Drafted by the Flyers[edit]

Hedberg was drafted in the ninth round, 218th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. However the Flyers never invited him from Sweden to a training camp. He was told by the Flyers that he needed to make the Swedish national team, before getting an invite to training camp. Hedberg spent five seasons with Leksands IF from 1992–97, notching a 2.79 goals-against average in 116 games.[1] and did make the Swedish team, however he never received the invite promised to him. He then left Sweden, in 1997, to find work in the North American minor leagues, hoping that a team would notice his abilities.[2] He started with the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the East Coast Hockey League and also played for the Detroit Vipers and Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League before the Flyers traded Hedberg's rights to the San Jose Sharks in 1998.[2] He returned to Leksands for the 1998-99 season before reporting to San Jose's affiliate, the American Hockey League's Kentucky Thoroughblades.[1] for the 1999-2000 season.

Manitoba Moose[edit]

At the time, the Sharks were already loaded with terrific goaltenders, younger than Hedberg, who was ranked no higher than 4th on the Sharks' goaltending depth chart, so after one season, he left the Sharks organization and rejoined Manitoba. Hedberg excelled during his second stint with the Moose in 2000–01, while they were still an unaffiliated team in the final season of the International Hockey League. His play was noticed by the Pittsburgh Penguins' assistant general manager Eddie Johnston. In March 2001, Randy Carlyle, the Moose's coach, pulled Hedberg aside at Winnipeg International Airport and told him he'd been traded to Pittsburgh,[2] along with Bobby Dollas, in exchange for Jeff Norton.[1] He was also informed, by Carlyle, that he was reporting directly to the Penguins.[2]

Pittsburgh Penguins and the Olympics[edit]

Hedberg went on to stabilize the Penguins' goaltending position for the remainder of the 2000–01 season. Since Hedberg started a game in Pittsburgh on late notice, still wearing his customized Manitoba Moose helmet which, not surprisingly, had a large moose painted across it, the Pittsburgh crowds quickly nicknamed him "Moose", and would cheer for him after a spectacular save by yelling "Mooooose". This was often heard incorrectly as a boo.[3]

He then outdueled Olaf Kolzig, of the Washington Capitals, and Dominik Hasek, of the Buffalo Sabres, to help the Penguins reach the Eastern Conference final.[2] In 2002, Hedberg set career highs with 25 wins and a club-record 66 games with the Penguins.[1] He was then named as the back-up goalie to Tommy Salo, on the Swedish national team and played in the 2002 Winter Olympics.[4] Hedberg started one game for Sweden, posting a victory over Germany.[1]

Vancouver, the lockout and Dallas[edit]

He was finally traded to the Vancouver Canucks by Pittsburgh for a second-round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Penguins would later use that pick to draft Alex Goligoski. He registered a career-best 2.51 goals-against average in 21 games with Vancouver during the 2003–04 season. He spent the 2004–05 season playing with Leksands IF of the Swedish Second Division, due to the NHL lockout. There he notched a 2.12 GAA in 21 games.[1]

Once the lockout ended, Hedberg signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent on August 5, 2005. He then posted a 12-4-1 record and a 2.67 goals-against average in 19 games with the Stars.[1] On December 26, 2005, Hedberg recorded two assists in a game against the St. Louis Blues. This is the first time a Dallas Stars goalie has ever accomplished this feat, and the first time any goalie in the NHL has done it since Patrick Roy on December 29, 2000. One assist came from a pass that met Stars captain Mike Modano at the Blues' blue line, granting him a 1-on-1 opportunity.[5]

Atlanta Thrashers[edit]

With the Thrashers in 2010.

Hedberg signed a two-year contract with Atlanta in July 2006, and served as backup for starter Kari Lehtonen during the first year of that contract. However a long-term injury hindered Lehtonen during the 2007–08 season and Hedberg took over as Atlanta's starting goaltender for much of the season. On June 16, 2008, Hedberg signed a multi-year contract extension with the Thrashers. During the 2009–10 season, he shared time with Ondrej Pavelec as the primary starter after Lehtonen missed most of the season and was then traded. Despite Hedberg's good performance he and the Thrashers parted ways after the season.

In May 2011, while the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg to become the Winnipeg Jets, Hedberg expressed both regret for the franchise's relocation and sympathy for the Thrashers fan-base. He stated; "I think it’s sad for the city. I believe this city can support a team and support it in a good way. Obviously, it’s been some chaotic years pretty much from Day 1 with ownership not being on the same page and I think that has hurt the franchise quite a bit...We’ve kind of made this sort of our second home for five years now and, obviously, the Thrashers were the reason we came here in the first place," Hedberg said. "I know all the people involved. I know all the people working in the front office and in hockey operations and I know a lot of the fans around. They’re hard-core fans that really don’t want to lose the team. So, I would have feeling of (sadness). There’s no doubt this could be a good hockey city, but it needs to be done the right way. This ownership has never given it a chance to do that after it got off on the wrong foot."[6]

Hedberg's family, which includes his wife and three daughters, still lives in Atlanta.[7]

New Jersey Devils[edit]

On July 1, 2010, Hedberg signed a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils, which included a no-trade clause.[7] He served as a back-up goalie until starter Martin Brodeur suffered a February 6 injury. His contract was renewed on July 1, 2011, which again included a no-trade clause. During round one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he was called on to play two periods in game three versus the Florida Panthers.[8]

On July 2, 2012, Hedberg signed a two-year deal with the Devils. The contract included a no trade clause. The signing came hours after New Jersey extended the contract of Brodeur two years as well. At the time both goaltender's contracts are up, Hedberg and Brodeur's age will be 41 and 42 respectively.

On July 4, 2013, Hedberg was placed on unconditional waivers for the intentions of a compliance buyout. The Devils bought out Johan Hedberg as a result of a trade that sent Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider to New Jersey.[9]

New York Rangers[edit]

Hedberg signed professional tryout with the New York Rangers on September 10, 2013, due to the absence of backup goaltender Martin Biron. On September 18, soon after Biron came back, Hedberg was released from the contract. Hedberg's final professional game was played with the Albany Devils during the 2013–14 season when he was signed to a professional tryout agreement with the AHL team, filling in for injured Keith Kinkaid.[10]

Career Statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP GS W L T OTL SA GA GAA Saves SV% SO MIN
1992-1993 Leksands IF SEL 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- 24 2.40 -- -- -- 600
1993-1994 Leksands IF SEL 17 -- -- -- -- -- -- 48 2.82 -- -- -- 1,020
1994-1995 Leksands IF SEL 17 -- -- -- -- -- -- 58 3.53 -- -- -- 986
1995-1996 Leksands IF SEL 34 -- -- -- -- -- -- 95 2.83 -- -- -- 2,013
1996-1997 Leksands IF SEL 38 -- -- -- -- -- -- 95 2.52 -- -- 3 2,260
1997-1998 Baton Rouge Kingfish ECHL 2 -- -- -- -- -- 58 7 4.20 51 .879 0 100
1997-1998 Detroit Vipers IHL 16 -- -- -- -- -- 318 32 2.64 286 .899 1 726
1997-1998 Manitoba Moose IHL 14 -- -- -- -- -- 411 32 2.58 379 .922 1 745
1998-1999 Leksands IF EHL 48 -- -- -- -- -- -- 140 2.86 -- -- 0 2,940
1999-2000 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 33 -- -- -- -- -- 1,056 88 2.68 968 .917 3 1,973
2000-2001 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 9 7 1 1 0 253 24 2.64 229 .905 0 545
2001-2002 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 65 25 34 7 0 1,851 178 2.76 1,673 .904 6 3,877
2002-2003 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 39 14 22 4 0 1,197 126 3.14 1,071 .895 1 2,411
2003-2004 Vancouver Canucks NHL 21 17 8 6 2 0 459 46 2.51 413 .900 3 1,098
2003-2004 Manitoba Moose AHL 2 -- -- -- -- -- 77 9 4.32 68 .883 0 125
2004-2005 Leksands IF SEL 21 -- -- -- -- -- -- 45 2.12 -- -- 1 1,274
2005-2006 Dallas Stars NHL 19 15 12 4 0 1 472 48 2.67 424 .898 0 1,079
2006-2007 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 21 16 9 4 0 2 500 51 2.89 449 .898 0 1,058
2007-2008 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 36 32 14 15 0 3 1,026 111 3.46 915 .892 1 1,928
2008-2009 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 33 26 13 12 0 3 875 100 3.49 775 .886 0 1,717
2009-2010 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 47 42 21 16 0 6 1,355 115 2.62 1,240 .915 3 2,632
2010-2011 New Jersey Devils NHL 34 27 15 12 0 2 777 68 2.38 709 .912 3 1,718
2011-2012 New Jersey Devils NHL 27 23 17 7 0 2 718 59 2.23 659 .918 4 1,592
2012-2013 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 19 6 10 0 3 435 51 2.76 384 .883 1 1,109
2013-2014 Albany Devils AHL 1 -- -- -- -- -- 13 2 3.18 11 .846 0 38

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP GS W L T OTL SA GA GAA Saves SV% SO MIN
1995-1996 Leksand IF SEL 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 13 3.25 -- -- -- 240
1996-1997 Leksand IF SEL 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- 18 1.86 -- -- 1 581
1997-1998 Manitoba Moose IHL 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 6 3.40 -- -- 0 105
1998-1999 Leksand IF EHL 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 15 3.53 -- -- 0 255
1999-2000 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 5 -- -- -- -- -- 200 10 1.93 190 .950 1 311
2000-2001 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 18 9 9 0 0 482 43 2.30 439 .911 2 1,124
2003-2004 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 1 1 1 0 0 51 4 2.45 47 .922 0 99
2006-2007 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 2 2 0 2 0 0 69 5 2.56 64 .928 0 118
2011-2012 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 1 0 0 14 1 1.67 13 .929 0 37

International[edit]

Season Team Event Result GP GS W L T OTL SA GA GAA Saves SV% SO MIN
1994 Sweden WC-A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1996 Sweden WCH -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997 Sweden WC-A 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1.00 -- -- -- 60
1998 Sweden Oly -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998 Sweden WC-A 1st, gold medalist(s) 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 2.00 -- -- 0 60
1999 Sweden WC-A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 -- -- 0 1
2002 Sweden Oly -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1.00 -- -- 0 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Player Bio: Johan hedberg". The Hockey News. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kovacevic (February 22, 2012). "Kovacevic: Recalling our own 'Linsanity'". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Adam (2008-03-17). "What's In A Name?". NHL.com. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Nas-ty win Sweden finishes final round undefeated after 7-1 win". CNNSI.com. February 19, 2002. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Elias says". Elias Sports Bureau. ESPN. February 4, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ Astorian, Laura (May 24, 2011). "Former Thrashers Goaltender Johan Hedberg Speaks Out On Team's Move, Ownership". SB Nation Atlanta. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Mazzeo, Mike (February 18, 2011). "'Moose' coming up big for Devils". ESPN. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Chere, Rich (July 2, 2011). "Devils gave Johan Hedberg no-movement clause in 1-year, $1.25 million deal". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Johan Hedberg on unconditional waivers to be bought-out". North Jersey Media Group. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Johan Hedberg signs with Albany to fill in for injured Keith Kinkaid, expected to play this weekend". Fire and Ice. North Jersey Media Group. February 13, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 

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