4 May 1944|
|Died||20 October 1987
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||Leksands IF
Djurgårdens IF Hockey
Västra Frölunda IF
|Men's ice hockey|
|1973 Soviet Union|
Lars-Erik "Taxen" Sjöberg (4 May 1944 in Falun, Sweden – 20 October 1987 in Uppsala, Sweden) was a Swedish ice hockey defenceman. He played in Sweden from 1962 to 1974 (Leksands IF 1962–65 and 1967–69, Djurgårdens IF Hockey 1965–67, and Västra Frölunda IF 1969–74), and in North America for the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA and NHL from 1974 to 80.
Sjöberg won the Golden Puck as the Swedish player of the Year in 1968–69 and was named best defenceman at the 1974 World Ice Hockey Championships. He was the first non-North American born and raised captain in the NHL, wearing the "C" for the Winnipeg Jets during their first season in the NHL. He was nicknamed "The Professor" and "The Little General" while playing for the Jets. Sjöberg captained the Swedish national team at the 1976 Canada Cup.
Sjöberg was working as a scout for the New York Rangers when he died of cancer in 1987. To honour him the Rangers each year gives out the Lars-Erik Sjöberg Award to the best rookie in the training camp.
Regular season and playoffs
|1969–70||Västra Frölunda IF||Swe-1||14||2||1||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Västra Frölunda IF||Swe-1||13||8||4||12||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Västra Frölunda IF||Swe-1||27||4||11||15||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||Västra Frölunda IF||Swe-1||14||1||6||7||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Västra Frölunda IF||Swe-1||41||4||35||39||21||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
- Swedish Player of the Year (1969)
- World Championship All-Star Team (1974)
- Named Best Defenseman at World Championship (1974)
- Played in the Canada Cup (1976)
- Avco Cup (WHA) Championships (1976, 1978, 1979)
- WHA First All-Star Team (1978)
- Dennis A. Murphy Trophy Winner (1978)
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Inaugural member of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame
- Iihf Directorate Awards And Most Valuable Player
- "Lars-Erik Sjoberg". The New York Times. 21 October 1987. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- WHA Hall of Fame Members
- Lars-Erik Sjöberg's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Lars-Erik Sjöberg's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Lars-Erik Sjöberg's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
|Winnipeg Jets captain
|Winnipeg Jets captain
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