Johnny Oduya

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Johnny Oduya
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Oduya in April 2016
Born (1981-10-01) October 1, 1981 (age 34)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Hammarby IF
Djurgårdens IF
Frölunda HC
New Jersey Devils
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 221st overall, 2001
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1999–present

David Johnny Oduya (born October 1, 1981), usually referred to as Johnny Oduya, is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He is of Kenyan Luo descent on his father's side. Oduya is a two time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Oduya with the Winnipeg Jets in 2012

Oduya's first club was Hammarby IF, where he played as a junior. In 2000, at the age of 19, he moved to North America to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He spent one season in North America, splitting time between Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats. After moving back to Sweden, he played two seasons with Hammarby's pro-team in HockeyAllsvenskan before signing a contract with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Elitserien. During the two seasons he spent with the team, he was known as an aggressive defenceman and an enforcer. At times, he fought with opposition players and registered high penalties in minutes numbers. Despite this, he was also a dependable player and played regularly in the Swedish national team during the Euro Hockey Tour. In the 2005–06 season, after he had been dismissed by the Washington Capitals, the NHL organization that drafted him 221st overall in 2001, he moved to another Swedish team, Frölunda HC. With Frölunda, he played as a more offensive defenceman, scoring eight goals and 11 assists.

Oduya with the New Jersey Devils

The following season, 2006–07, Oduya signed with the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Although expected by many to be a depth player with the Devils, when several of the team's defenders were injured, Oduya earned a spot in the lineup. He played surprisingly well in the NHL, periodically registering nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game. He played in 76 Devils games that season, only missing eight due to a mid-season injury. However, in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, he was not dressed for New Jersey when the Devils were defeated in the second round, largely due to the impressive play of rookie defenceman Andy Greene.[1]

After several successful NHL seasons, Oduya was named to the Swedish roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. On February 4, 2010, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, along with Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first-round draft pick in 2010, in exchange for Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela.[2] Two years later, on February 27, 2012, Oduya was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a second- and third-round pick in 2013.[3]

In October 2012, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Oduya traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, to play for the local Flying Farangs team in the 18th Annual "Land of Smiles" Hockey tournament. He carried his team to the championship against Abu-Dhabi, and helped bring home Bangkok's first title in tournament history. [4][5]

In June 2013, Oduya won his first Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, who defeated the Boston Bruins in six games in the Finals.[6] In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Oduya assisted on the Cup winning goal scored by Dave Bolland. Oduya's shot came from the left point and deflected off the stick of Michael Frolík. Bolland, in position in front of the Boston goal, pushed the deflected shot past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to give the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four years.

On June 15, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Oduya won his second Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks over the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. It was the Blackhawks' third Stanley Cup in six years.

After four seasons with the Blackhawks, Oduya left as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 15, 2015.[7] Blackhawks teammate Patrick Sharp also joined the Stars a few weeks earlier via trade.

Personal life[edit]

Johnny is the son of a Kenyan father and a Swedish mother. He is the younger brother of the late Fredrik Oduya, a former NHL draftee who was an enforcer in the minor leagues.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Hammarby IF J20 32 3 18 21 48 6 1 2 3 4
1999–00 Hammarby IF Allsv 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 44 11 38 49 147
2000–01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 24 3 16 19 112 13 4 9 13 10
2001–02 Hammarby IF Allsv 46 11 14 25 66 2 1 0 1 4
2002–03 Hammarby IF Allsv 38 8 20 28 162 10 7 5 12 38
2003–04 Djurgårdens IF SEL 42 4 4 8 173 4 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 49 2 4 6 139 12 0 2 2 39
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 47 8 11 19 95 17 1 2 3 16
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 2 9 11 61 6 0 1 1 6
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 6 20 26 46 5 0 1 1 6
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 7 22 29 30 7 0 0 0 2
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 40 2 2 4 18
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 27 1 8 9 12
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 2 15 17 22
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 63 2 11 13 33
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 18 1 4 5 0 6 0 3 3 0
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 3 9 12 10 23 3 5 8 16
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 3 13 16 38 19 2 5 7 8
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 2 8 10 26 23 0 5 5 6
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 82 4 17 21 26 13 1 2 3 2
SHL totals 138 14 19 33 407 33 1 4 5 61
NHL totals 746 35 138 173 322 102 6 22 28 46
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing Sweden Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Kloten

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 3 1 4 2
2010 Sweden OG 5th 4 0 0 0 12
2014 Sweden OG 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 15 3 2 5 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Johnny Oduya at Wikimedia Commons