17 July 1991 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
|NHL Draft||6th overall, 2009
Oliver Oscar Emanuel Ekman-Larsson (born 17 July 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for and serving as an alternate captain of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. Ekman-Larsson was originally selected sixth overall by the Coyotes organization in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
In the season following his draft selection, Ekman-Larsson produced the second most points among junior players in Allsvenskan despite missing several games while competing in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for Sweden.
Ekman-Larsson recorded his first career NHL point via an assist on a Kyle Turris goal on 23 October 2010. He then scored his first career NHL goal on 17 January 2011, against goaltender Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.
On 6 March 2014, Ekman-Larsson scored his 100th NHL career point in a 5–2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. With Ekman-Larsson's contribution, it was the first time since 9 December 1998, that the Coyotes had defeated Montreal. At the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Ekman-Larsson finished seventh in balloting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the League's defenceman of the year. His votes included three first-place votes, one second-place vote and two third-place votes. Keith Yandle, Ekman-Larsson's teammate on defence, finished 12th in voting.
On 16 December 2014, during the 2014–15 season, Ekman-Larsson tied the Coyotes' franchise record for overtime-winning goals by a player in a single season after scoring his third of the season with 0.03 seconds left in overtime in a 2–1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Ekman-Larsson represented the Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, assisting on a goal by Bobby Ryan.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson finished the 2014–15 season with 23 goals and 20 assists. With this career milestone, Ekman-Larsson broke Nicklas Lidstrom's NHL record, becoming the first Swedish-born defenseman in NHL history to score more than 20 goals in a single season. Ekman-Larsson's 23 goals were the most scored by an NHL defenseman that season, and tied Phil Housley's franchise record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a season. 
On 19 December 2015, during a game against the New York Islanders Ekman-Larsson scored the lone goal of the game, which proved to be the game-winning goal. With this goal, Ekman-Larsson surpassed Teppo Numminen's franchise record for the most game-winning goals by a defenseman with the 20th in his career.
On January 12, 2016, Ekman-Larsson assisted on all three goals of rookie Max Domi's first career hat trick and would later go on to set a career-high four-point night by scoring the OT-winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
Ekman-Larsson's maternal grandfather Kenneth Ekman, also a defenceman, was selected to represent Sweden at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Swedish international footballer Amanda Ilestedt is Ekman-Larsson's cousin.
In 2013, Ekman-Larsson founded OEL, a luxury clothing line based out of Sweden.
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||15||3||7||10||16||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Phoenix Coyotes (2010-05-24). "Coyotes sign first round draft choice to entry level contract". coyotes.nhl.com.
- Elite Prospects. "2009 - 2010 Allsvenskan u20". eliteprospects.com.
- "Hurricanes vs. Coyotes". coyotes.nhl.com. 2010-10-23.
- "Coyotes Beat Canadiens for First Time Since '98". coyotes.nhl.com. 2014-03-06.
- "Ekman-Larsson Places Seventh in Norris Trophy Voting; Yandle Places 12th". coyotes.nhl.com. 2013-06-16.
- "Coyotes top Oilers in final second of OT". National Hockey League. 2014-12-16.
- "IIHF WJC Championship Sweden PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2009-2010" (PDF). IIHF.com. 11 January 2010.
- "IIHF World Championship Best Players Per Game" (PDF). IIHF.com. 23 May 2010.
- Ronnie Johansson (2010-04-23). "Eliteprospects.com - Kenneth Ekman". eliteprospects.com (in Swedish).
- Jonsson, Fredrik (29 June 2013). "Ilestedt drömmer om en medalj i hemma-EM" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "OEL of Sweden". 2014-12-18.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson's player profile at NHL.com
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson profile at Eurohockey.com
|Awards and achievements|
|Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick