Jonathan Ericsson

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Jonathan Ericsson
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Born (1984-03-02) March 2, 1984 (age 31)
Karlskrona, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 291st overall, 2002
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2003–present

Jonathan Ericsson (born March 2, 1984) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ericsson was drafted in the ninth round, 291st overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the final pick of the Draft. He has played his entire NHL career with the Red Wings organization. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

Playing career[edit]

Ericsson originally began his playing career as a centre, playing all but one game of the 2001–02 season at the position for HC Vita Hästen's junior team. However, after playing one game as a defenceman, Detroit Red Wings scout Håkan Andersson convinced Ericsson to permanently transition to defence.[1]

Ericsson was drafted 291st overall in the ninth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft as the last player selected in the Draft by the Red Wings.[2][3]

Throughout his next four seasons, Ericsson played for several teams in his native Sweden, a period of time which also saw him switching between centre and defence as his teams saw fit. After his 2005–06 season, Detroit signed him to a two-year, entry-level contract and brought him to the United States to play for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ericsson then played his first career NHL game on February 22, 2008, against the Calgary Flames, and scored his first career NHL goal the following game, on February 26, against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon. Although he did not qualify under league rules to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, Ericsson was nonetheless included on the 2008 Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup-winning team photograph, also being awarded a Stanley Cup ring for his efforts with the team. In the regular season of 2008–2009 he got 1 goal and 3 assists.[1] On April 16, 2009, Ericsson played in his first post-season game in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of Round One of the 2009 playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He recorded his first career playoff point in this game in the form of a goal.

In the second round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks, Ericsson recorded two assists and also fought Ducks winger Corey Perry in Game 1 of the series. Ericsson would then score a goal and an assist in Detroit's Western Conference Final matchup with the team's division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, and recorded two goals with an assist in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ericsson scored Detroit's only goal in their Game-7 2–1 loss to Pittsburgh. At the end of the season, he won the 2009 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA)-Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2008, Ericsson signed a three-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings carrying an annual average of $2.7 million.[4] In 2009–10 season, Ericsson scored four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 62 games.

In 2011, Ericsson signed a three-year $9.75 million contract with the Red Wings.

On November 27, 2013, Ericsson signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension with Detroit.[5]

International career[edit]

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

Ericsson's older brother, Jimmie Ericsson, is a forward currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. The Ericsson brothers were set to play together professionally for the first time at the 2010 World Championships. Following Detroit's elimination in the 2010 playoffs, Jonathan joined Sweden's national team at the World Championships. The brothers were originally in the lineup together, though Jimmie injured his knee on his first shift, missing the remainder of the tournament; the two were never on the ice together. In the tournament, Jonathan Ericcson finished the tournament with the most average minutes per game amongst Swedish skaters,[6] and was also selected as one of the best players on the team as selected by the coach.[7] The brothers eventually played together for the first time at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where they won a silver medal after losing to Canada in the tournament final.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 HC Vita Hästen Swe.2 40 2 4 6 36
2003–04 Södertälje SK SEL 42 1 0 1 12
2004–05 Huddinge IK Swe.1 24 4 7 11 36
2004–05 Södertälje SK SEL 15 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Almtuna IS Swe.1 19 2 3 5 44
2005–06 Södertälje SK SEL 24 0 0 0 20
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 5 24 29 102 7 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 69 10 24 34 83
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 1 0 1 4
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 40 2 13 15 48
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 1 3 4 15 22 4 4 8 25
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 4 9 13 44 12 0 2 2 8
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 3 12 15 87 11 1 2 3 4
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 1 10 11 47 5 0 0 0 6
2012–13 HC Vita Hästen Swe.2 3 0 3 3 4
2012–13 Södertälje SK Swe.1 4 0 1 1 6
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 3 10 13 29 14 0 3 3 2
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 1 10 11 34
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 3 12 15 70 7 0 4 4 8
NHL totals 407 17 66 83 330 71 5 15 20 53
SEL totals 81 1 0 1 36 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WC 3rd 7 0 3 3 2
2012 Sweden WC 6th 2 1 0 1 2
2014 Sweden Oly 2nd 6 0 1 1 8
Senior totals 15 1 4 5 12

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Red Wings Central prospects – Jonathan Ericsson". Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Ericsson – player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Grand Rapids Griffins: Roster". Grand Rapids Griffins. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ericsson is secret no more". The Detroit News. October 1, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Wings signs Ericsson to six-year deal
  6. ^ "Player Statistics Per Team" (PDF). IIHF.com. May 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best Players of Each Team Selected by the Coaches" (PDF). IIHF.com. May 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Ericsson brothers headed to Sochi Games
  9. ^ "2008 PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team". AHL. Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Jonathan Ericsson named Red Wings' top rookie". mlive.com. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 

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