Jonas Gustavsson

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Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson - Boston Bruins 2016.jpg
Gustavsson in January 2016
Born (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984 (age 32)
Danderyd, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
SHL team
Former teams
Linköping HC
AIK
Färjestads BK
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004–present

Jonas Gustavsson (Swedish pronunciation: [²juːnas ²gɵstavˌsɔn]; born 24 October 1984) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing under contract to the Linköping HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Gustavsson has previously played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

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[edit]

On 7 July 2009, Gustavsson ended weeks of speculation by signing a one-year contract for US $810,000 (plus a $90,000 signing bonus) with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1]

Gustavsson with the Leafs in May 2011.

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."[2]

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 3 October 2009, against the Washington Capitals. On 26 October, Gustavsson recorded his first NHL win against the Anaheim Ducks, making 25 saves on 28 shots in a 6–3 win.

Gustavsson in the pre-game skate

After overcoming a groin strain, on 1 December, 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.[3] After he was cleared to return, he responded by recording his first NHL shutout in a 2–0 win over the Boston Bruins on 19 December. 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 6 April 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."[4]

After becoming a restricted free agent in the summer, Gustavsson agreed a two-year extension with the Leafs on 15 April 2010, with an average salary of $1.35 million per year.[5]

In the following 2010–11 season, on 4 February 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 9 February, 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 11 February, Gustavsson underwent a third minor heart ablation surgery and was placed on injured reserve by the Maple Leafs, suspending his conditioning stint.[6] Upon recovering from the surgery, Gustavsson resumed his conditioning stint with the Marlies on 22 February.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

On 23 June 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.[7] On 1 July 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 28 February 2013. He missed time due to injuries, however, ultimately appearing in seven games during the shortened 2013 NHL season.[8]

Gustavsson in September 2015.

Early in the 2013–14 season, Gustavsson was called upon to replace starter Jimmy Howard, who injured his left catching hand. On 21 October 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.[9]

On 27 June 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.[10]

On 5 November 2014, Gustavsson suffered a dislocated shoulder during the final seconds of an overtime loss to the New York Rangers.[11] On 31 January 2015, the Red Wings assigned Gustavsson to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a conditioning assignment.[12] 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 31 January, and stopping 30-of-31 shots during a 3–1 win against the Toronto Marlies on 4 February.[13]

Boston Bruins[edit]

On 4 September 2015, Gustavsson was invited to training camp by the Boston Bruins on a Professional Try Out.[14] On 4 October 2015, the Bruins signed Gustavsson to a one-year, one-way contract.[15] On 26 January 2016, Gustavsson was hospitalized with an elevated heart rate following the first period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks. He was released the next day, after he was found to have no heart problems.[16]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

On 1 July 2016, having concluded his contract with the Bruins, Gustavsson signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers to provide backup to starting goaltender Cam Talbot.[17] On 24 March 2017, while playing for the Bakersfield Condors, the AHL affiliate of the Oilers, Gustavsson was credit with scoring a short-handed goal against the San Diego Gulls, as he was the last Condors player to touch the puck before an errant pass by the Gulls caused the puck to go into their own net, as they had pulled their goaltender. [18]

Return to Sweden[edit]

After closing out the 2016–17 season, with the Condors in the AHL and having not been recalled to the Oilers post-season roster, Gustavsson as a pending free agent agreed to return to the SHL, in signing a three-year deal to be the starting goaltender for Linköping HC on May 4, 2017.[19]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Germany

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 19 February, which resulted in a 4–2 victory.[20] 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 23 May, he helped secure Sweden's second consecutive bronze medal victory against hosts Germany 3–1.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2002–03 AIK J20 21 1,261 69 0 3.28 .873 4 198 9 0 2.72
2003–04 AIK J20 9 505 24 0 2.85 .894
2003–04 AIK Allsv 1 20 1 0 2.95 .889
2004–05 AIK J20 10 557 32 0 3.45 .903
2004–05 Solna Div.1 22 1,270 32 4 1.50 .928
2005–06 AIK J20 5 258 14 0 3.26 .906
2005–06 AIK Allsv 6 351 14 0 2.39 .930
2006–07 AIK Allsv 23 1,269 59 2 2.79 .908
2007–08 Skåre BK Div.1 6 368 16 0 2.61 .919
2007–08 Färjestads BK SEL 20 1,102 44 2 2.40 .919 10 517 31 0 3.60 .891
2008–09 Färjestads BK SEL 42 2,475 81 3 1.96 .932 13 819 14 5 1.03 .961
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
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 3 1 1 263 5 0 1.14 .950
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
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 24 11 9 1 1259 57 1 2.72 .908
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 1 3 1 331 17 0 3.10 .878
2016–17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 20 8 9 1 1114 45 1 2.42 .917
NHL totals 179 72 67 23 9,723 466 7 2.88 .901 2 0 2 133 6 0 2.71 .917

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 3 2 0 276 13 0 2.83 .904
2010 Sweden Oly 5th 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .895
2010 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 4 2 0 369 11 0 1.79 .937
Senior totals 12 8 4 0 705 26 0 2.21 .912

Awards and achievements[edit]

Personal life[edit]

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 19 March 2013, by United States District Judge Stephen J. Murphy.

Appearances[edit]

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?"

References[edit]

  1. ^ LeBrun, Pierre (7 July 2009). "Gustavsson Signs with Maple Leafs". ESPN. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Longley, Rob (7 July 2009). "Leafs Cage Monster". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jonas Gustavsson syndrome". beavermedic.com. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Leafs nominate Gustavsson for Masterton". Toronto Maple Leafs. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Maple Leafs re-sign Goalie Gustavsson". The Sports Network. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Maple Leafs' Gustavsson undergoes ablation". The Sports Network. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "NHL Draft: Maple leafs trade Gustavsson to Jets". The Toronto Star. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Red Wings recall goalie Jonas Gustavsson from Grand Rapids, reassign Petr Mrazek". MLive.com. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Roose, Bill (21 October 2013). "Gustavsson is NHL's First Star of the week". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Roose, Bill (27 June 2014). "Gustavsson agrees to one-year deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Roose, Bill (6 November 2014). "Shoulder injury sidelines Gustavsson". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (31 January 2015). "Lashoff assigned; Gustavsson on loan". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (4 February 2015). "Detroit recalls Ouellet and Gustavsson". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Goalie Gustavsson gets tryout with Bruins". National Hockey League. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bruins Sign Jonas Gustavsson to a One-Year Contract". Boston Bruins. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Boston Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson released from hospital". National Hockey League. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Oilers sign goaltender Jonas Gustavsson". Edmonton Oilers. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  18. ^ "Gotta See It: Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson scores in AHL game". Sportsnet. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  19. ^ "Jonas Gustavsson is ready for return to SHL" (in Swedish). Linköping HC. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  20. ^ http://www.ctvolympics.ca/hockey/news/newsid=46653.html
  21. ^ http://www.ctvolympics.ca/countries/country=swe/athletes/athlete=3765/career-highlights/index.html

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stefan Liv
Golden Puck
2009
Succeeded by
Magnus Johansson