Marcus Krüger

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Marcus Krüger
Marcus Kruger - Chicago Blackhawks.jpg
Krüger with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
Born (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 27)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Djurgårdens IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 149th overall, 2009
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2009–present

Marcus Krüger (born 27 May 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centreman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the fifth round, 149th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He is a double Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.

Before joining the Blackhawks, Krüger previously played for Stockholm-based Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Elite League. Krüger represents Sweden in international play, helping his country capture a bronze medal at the junior level and a silver medal in senior international play.

Playing career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Krüger was announced as the first of four nominees for the 2009–10 Elitserien Rookie of the Year on 18 October 2009[1] after starting the season with five goals and 11 assists in just 13 games.

NHL[edit]

Krüger signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in June 2010, but opted to stay with Djurgården during the first year of the contract[2][3] He was later recalled from Djurgården to Chicago on 23 March 2011.[4] Krüger's first full season with the Blackhawks was in 2011–12, when he played in 71 games with the club, scoring nine goals and adding 17 assists.[5]

On 9 April 2013, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals, Krüger scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal, which happened to be the game winner, against Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding. The Blackhawks eventually won the 2013 Stanley Cup,[6] with Krüger contributing three goals during the team's run.[7] After his playoff success with the team, Krüger signed a two year extension with the Blackhawks on 12 July 2013.[7]

He scored eight goals along with 20 assists in 81 games for Chicago during the 2013–14 NHL season. On 19 May 2015, he scored the game winning triple overtime away goal to tie the Western Conference finals 1–1 against the Anaheim Ducks.[8]

On September 11, 2015 Krüger signed a one-year, 1.5 million dollar contract to stay with the Blackhawks for the 2015–16 season.[9]On December 17, Krüger dislocated his wrist in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. He was projected to miss at-least four months while recovering from the injury.[10] On February 27, 2016 the Blackhawks announced that Krüger would be switching his number to 22 in order for his new teammate acquired from the Winnipeg Jets, Andrew Ladd, to keep his traditional number 16.[11] On March 9, The Blackhawks signed Krüger to a three-year, $9.25 million contract extension that runs through the 2018–19 season.[12]

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Germany/France
Silver medal – second place 2011 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Canada

Krüger has represented Sweden three times in international play. At the junior level, he helped his country capture a bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships. After graduating to the senior level, Krüger has played for Sweden twice, in 2011 (finishing with a silver medal) and 2012.[5] He also represented Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics. After several injuries to the team's centremen, Krüger played on Sweden's first line in the tournament final against Canada, which the Swedes lost, 3–0.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF J20 22 3 13 16 16 7 5 3 8 0
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF SEL 15 2 2 4 2
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF J20 34 9 30 39 24 6 1 5 6 2
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 38 11 20 31 14 16 3 7 10 6
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 52 6 29 35 52 3 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 0 0 4 5 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 9 17 26 22 6 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 34 8 14 22 24
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 4 9 13 24 23 3 2 5 2
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 8 20 28 36 19 1 3 4 6
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 7 10 17 32 23 2 2 4 4
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 0 4 4 24 7 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 5 12 17 34 4 0 1 1 2
SHL totals 105 19 51 70 68 19 3 8 11 6
NHL totals 398 33 72 105 176 87 6 10 16 14

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 6 6 2
2011 Sweden WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 2 1 3 10
2012 Sweden WC 6th 8 3 2 5 6
2014 Sweden OG 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 4
2016 Sweden WCH 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 0 0 0 0
2017 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 0 3 3 6
Junior totals 6 0 6 6 2
Senior totals 37 5 6 11 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feltenmark, Anders (18 October 2009). "Marcus Krüger Årets Rookiekandidat". Svenska Ishockeyförbundet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Blackhawks sign 2009 draft pick Marcus Kruger". June 18, 2010. Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Krüger skrev på för NHL-mästarna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 17 June 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blackhawks recall forward Marcus Kruger from Sweden". blackhawks.nhl.com. Chicago Blackhawks. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Marcus Kruger, Blackhawks". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "17 Seconds, 2 Goals and a Victory". New York Times. June 24, 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Neveau, James (2013-07-12). "Marcus Kruger Agrees to 2-Year Deal With Blackhawks". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  8. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=768258&navid=DL%7CNHL%7Chome
  9. ^ "Marcus Kruger signs 1-year, $1.5 million deal with Blackhawks". Second City Hockey. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  10. ^ Dietz, John (2015-12-17). "Blackhawks' Kruger to miss four months after wrist surgery". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Marcus Kruger gives No. 16 to Andrew Ladd". Chicago. 
  12. ^ Gretz, Adam (2016-03-08). "Blackhawks give Marcus Kruger three-year, $9.25 million contract". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 

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