Lars-Erik Sjöberg

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Lars-Erik Sjöberg
Born (1944-05-04)4 May 1944
Falun, Sweden
Died 20 October 1987(1987-10-20) (aged 43)
Uppsala, Sweden
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Leksands IF
Djurgårdens IF Hockey
Västra Frölunda IF
Winnipeg Jets
National team  Sweden
Playing career 1962–1980
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1969 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 1970 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 1973 Soviet Union
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Switzerland

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.[1] 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.[2]

Sjöberg was working as a scout for the New York Rangers when he died of cancer in 1987.[3] To honour him the Rangers each year gives out the Lars-Erik Sjöberg Award to the best rookie in the training camp.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1962–63 Leksands IF Swe-1 6 1 0 1 0
1963–64 Leksands IF Swe-1 14 0 2 2 2 7 1 1 2 0
1964–65 Leksands IF Swe-1 14 1 2 3 2 14 0 1 1 4
1965–66 Djurgårdens IF Swe-1 20 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 1 0
1966–67 Djurgårdens IF Swe-1 21 4 7 11 2 3 0 1 1 0
1967–68 Leksands IF Swe-1 21 3 3 6 7 1 3 4 2
1968–69 Leksands IF Swe-1 19 6 2 8 4 7 0 1 1 0
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
1974–75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 75 7 53 60 30
1975–76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 81 5 36 41 12 13 0 5 5 12
1976–77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 52 2 38 40 31 20 0 6 6 22
1977–78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 11 39 50 72 9 0 9 9 4
1978–79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 9 0 3 3 2 10 1 2 3 4
1979–80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 7 27 34 48
Swe-1 totals 224 35 76 111 51 41 2 8 10 6
WHA totals 295 25 169 194 147 52 1 22 23 42

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1968 Sweden OLY 7 0 0 0 4
1969 Sweden WC 9 3 2 5 2
1970 Sweden WC 10 1 1 2 0
1972 Sweden OLY 6 1 1 2 2
1972 Sweden WC 10 1 1 2 0
1973 Sweden WC 10 1 2 3 2
1974 Sweden WC 9 1 0 1 2
1976 Sweden CC 5 0 3 3 6
Senior totals 66 8 10 18 18

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Preceded by
Barry Long
Winnipeg Jets captain
1979–80
Succeeded by
Morris Lukowich
Preceded by
Dan Johnson
Winnipeg Jets captain
197578
Succeeded by
Barry Long
Preceded by
Leif Holmqvist
Golden Puck
1969
Succeeded by
Leif Holmqvist