Martin Sonnenberg

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Martin Sonnenberg
Born (1978-01-23) January 23, 1978 (age 38)
Wetaskiwin, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
KalPa
HC Ambrì-Piotta
Timrå IK
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2010

Martin Sonnenberg (born January 23, 1978 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played three seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Sonnenberg started his professional hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL in 1995. He signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1998, and after several years in the NHL and AHL Sonnenberg signed with KalPa of the Finnish SM-liiga in 2006. He was named captain of KalPa, becoming the first foreign-born captain in the league. At the end of the 2006–07 season he decided to retire from professional hockey, however, in the Winter of 2007 Sonnenberg received the call of HC Ambrì-Piotta, a Swiss club of the National League A.

During his second season in Switzerland, Sonnenberg left Piotta on January 13, 2009, after he signed a contract with Timrå IK of the Swedish Elitserien. In his first full season with the club in 2009–10, Sonnenberg became a fan favourite and led the club with 20 goals for 42 points in 42 games. Despite a willingness to continue on with Timrå, Sonnenberg was forced to retire from professional hockey due to a chronic knee injury. He returned to Canada to work in a family owned construction firm.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Leduc Oil Kings AMHL 35 28 40 68 34
1995–96 Saskatoon Blades WHL 58 8 7 15 24 3 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 38 26 64 79
1997–98 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 40 52 92 87 6 1 3 4 9
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 1 1 2 19 7 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Syracuse Crunch AHL 37 16 9 25 31
1999–00 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 62 20 33 53 109
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 1 2 3 0
2000–01 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 73 14 18 32 89 21 4 3 7 6
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 78 20 30 50 127
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 54 11 10 21 63
2003–04 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 48 20 22 42 46
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 65 13 13 26 94
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 41 10 7 17 34
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 29 4 11 15 16 13 3 3 6 8
2006–07 KalPa SM-l 56 19 17 36 76
2007–08 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 20 6 19 25 22
2008–09 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 25 5 17 22 52
2008–09 Timrå IK SEL 13 1 10 11 10 5 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Timrå IK SEL 42 20 22 42 68 5 3 0 3 6
2011–12 Bentley Generals ChHL 2 1 1 2 8
NHL totals 63 2 3 5 21 7 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It was a tough decision" (in Swedish). st.nu. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

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