Gustavsson with the Toronto Maple Leafs in May 2011
October 24, 1984 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
Jonas Gustavsson (/ /; born October 24, 1984) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender, who most recently played for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) until his contract expired in June of 2015.
Gustavsson started his professional career with AIK in 2002 and played with them until 2007. He then moved to Färjestads BK in the Elitserien. He was the top goalie in 2008–09, when he posted a 1.96 goals against average (GAA) and a save percentage of .932 in the regular season. In the playoffs, he bettered his statistics, posting a 1.03 GAA, a save percentage of .961 and five shutouts in 13 games. Having allowed just 14 goals in 13 playoff games, he led Färjestads BK to the league title, also being named the MVP of the playoffs in the process.
Toronto Maple Leafs
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Gustavsson said, "I'm going to try to steal as many games from Vesa Toskala as I can, I'm a goalie and I want to play... I know the best goalie gets the ice time and if I play good I'm going to get the chance. We will be good teammates and try to push ourselves, but my goal is to be the number one goalie... For the most part, I like [the attention]. It doesn't matter what people say about me, I know if I play good or if I play bad... I like when lots of people are getting involved. In Toronto, everybody talks about hockey. I like to be in the heat."
Gustavsson endured a setback on the first day of camp, traced to a heart condition that required an ablation surgery process. Despite the setback, Gustavsson made his NHL debut to open the 2009–10 season with Toronto on October 3, 2009, against the Washington Capitals. On October 26, Gustavsson recorded his first NHL win against the Anaheim Ducks, making 25 saves on 28 shots in a 6–3 win.
After overcoming a groin strain, on December 1, Gustavsson left after the first period in a game against the Montreal Canadiens with a heart murmur, which led to a second Radio Frequency ablation to treat a reentrant tachycardia. After he was cleared to return, he responded by recording his first NHL shutout in a 2–0 win over the Boston Bruins on December 19. He won seven straight starts in March to tie the Maple Leafs’ club record for the longest winning streak by a rookie goaltender. Gustavsson finished the season with a 16–15–9 record with a 2.87 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
On April 6, 2010, the Toronto chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced Gustavsson as the Maple Leafs nominee for the 2010 Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded for "perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
In the following 2010–11 season, on February 4, 2011, he was sent down to the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate farm team of the Maple Leafs, for a two-week conditioning stint. On February 9, Gustavsson was pulled after the first period in a Marlies home game against the Connecticut Whale due to an accelerated heart beat. Two days later, on February 11, Gustavsson underwent a third minor heart ablation surgery and was placed on injured reserve by the Maple Leafs, suspending his conditioning stint. Upon recovering from the surgery, Gustavsson resumed his conditioning stint with the Marlies on February 22.
Detroit Red Wings
On June 23, 2012, with Gustavsson soon to be eligible for free agency, the goaltender's rights were traded by the Maple Leafs to the Winnipeg Jets for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. On July 1, 2012, however, after the Jets failed to sign Gustavsson, he signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings instead. His first victory came in a shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on February 28, 2013. He missed time due to injuries, however, ultimately appearing in seven games during the shortened 2013 NHL season.
Early in the 2013–14 season, Gustavsson was called upon to replace starter Jimmy Howard, who injured his left catching hand. On October 21, 2013, Gustavsson was named NHL's First Star of the Week. Gustavsson posted a 3–0–0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in victories over the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Colorado Avalanche, helping the Red Wings move into first place in the Atlantic Division.
On June 27, 2014, the Red Wings signed Gustavsson to a one-year, $1.85 million contract extension. He came off his best season in the NHL, with a 16–5–4 record, 2.63 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
On November 5, 2014, Gustavsson suffered a dislocated shoulder during the final seconds of an overtime loss to the New York Rangers. On January 31, 2015, the Red Wings assigned Gustavsson to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a conditioning assignment. During his conditioning stint, Gustavsson started two games for the Griffins, making 29 saves on 31 shots in a 4–0 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on January 31, and stopping 30-of-31 shots during a 3–1 win against the Toronto Marlies on February 4.
|Competitor for Sweden|
Gustavsson represented Sweden at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, winning the bronze medal. The next year, Gustavsson was named to Sweden's Olympic squad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, along with goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Stefan Liv. He played his first Olympic game against Belarus on February 19, which resulted in a 4–2 victory. Later that year, he was also named to the Swedish team for the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany. As the main goaltender throughout the tournament, on May 23, he helped secure Sweden's second consecutive bronze medal victory against hosts Germany 3–1.
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||42||16||15||9||2,340||112||1||2.87||.902||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||23||6||13||2||1,242||68||0||3.29||.890||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||42||17||17||4||2,301||112||4||2.92||.902||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||7||2||2||1||349||17||0||2.92||.879||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||1||1||0||0||60||1||0||1.00||.963||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||27||16||5||4||1,551||68||0||2.62||.907||2||0||2||133||6||0||2.71||.917|
|2014–15||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||2||1||1||0||119||4||0||2.02||.937||2||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||7||3||3||1||351||15||1||2.56||.911||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
- Won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships and 2010 World Championships
- Top 3 player at 2009 World Championships
- Won the Swedish Championship in 2009
- Best save percentage in the 2008–09 Elitserien season
- Best goals against average in the 2008–09 Elitserien season
- Named to Elitserien All-Star Team in 2009
- Won the Elitserien Guldpucken Award (Best Player in Swedish Hockey) in 2009
- Won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Gustavsson lost his mother to chronic lung disease just before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, after his father died four years earlier. He resides outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife, Emelie Witt, to whom he was married on March 19, 2013, by United States District Judge Stephen J. Murphy.
Gustavsson was referenced in the eighth episode of the seventh season in Psych titled "Right Turn or Left for Dead." Shawn tells a Swedish bartender that Gus's name is "Jonas Gustavsson." The bartender replied "From the Toronto Maple Leafs?"
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- "Maple Leafs' Gustavsson undergoes ablation". The Sports Network. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "NHL Draft: Maple leafs trade Gustavsson to Jets". The Toronto Star. June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Red Wings recall goalie Jonas Gustavsson from Grand Rapids, reassign Petr Mrazek". MLive.com. February 18, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
- Roose, Bill (October 21, 2013). "Gustavsson is NHL's First Star of the week". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Roose, Bill (June 27, 2014). "Gustavsson agrees to one-year deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- Roose, Bill (November 6, 2014). "Shoulder injury sidelines Gustavsson". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
- Kujawa, Kyle (January 31, 2015). "Lashoff assigned; Gustavsson on loan". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- Kujawa, Kyle (February 4, 2015). "Detroit recalls Ouellet and Gustavsson". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
- Jonas Gustavsson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Jonas Gustavsson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jonas Gustavsson profile at Eurohockey.com
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