Oliver Ekman-Larsson

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Born (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 26)
Karlskrona, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Leksands IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2009
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2007–present

Oliver Oscar Emanuel Ekman-Larsson (pronounced [ˈɔlɪvɛr ˈeːkman ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 17 July 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman,[1] currently serving as an alternate captain of the Arizona Coyotes. Ekman-Larsson was originally selected sixth overall by the Coyotes organization in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Seen by many as one of the league's top offensive defenseman, Ekman-Larsson led the Arizona Coyotes in scoring consecutively in both the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons.

Playing career[edit]

European hockey[edit]

Oilver Ekman-Larsson started his career at the Tingsryds AIF hockey club of the HockeyAllsvenskan league in the 2007-08 season. He would only score 8 points in 27 games. He continued his career with Leksands IF, where he scored 44 points in two seasons back in 2008–09 and 2009–10 in a total of 81 games. This season would be his last, as he would he drafted by the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes.

American hockey[edit]

Ekman-Larsson was selected sixth overall by Phoenix in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On 24 May 2010, it was announced that the Coyotes had signed Ekman-Larsson to an entry-level contract.[2] In the season following his draft selection, Ekman-Larsson produced the second most points among junior players in Allsvenskan[3] 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.[4] He then scored his first career NHL goal on 17 January 2011, against goaltender Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.[5]

For the duration of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Ekman-Larsson on the last year of his entry-level contract was assigned to Phoenix's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] Ekman-Larsson represented the Arizona Coyotes in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, assisting on a goal by Bobby Ryan.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

On 29 January 2015, during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Ekman-Larsson scored the fastest shorthanded goal to start a period in NHL history against Jonathan Bernier five seconds into the third period.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] On March 24, 2016, Ekman-Larsson inadvertently scored the game-winning goal in a 3–1 win over the Dallas Stars. Initially credited to teammate Martin Hanzal, after further review the goal was shown to bounce off a Dallas player and into the net. With this game-winning goal, Ekman-Larsson set an NHL record for the most game-winning goals by a defenseman in a single season with his eighth — surpassing Tim Horton, Al MacInnis, Ray Bourque, Derek Morris, and Dion Phaneuf.[15] He is just the second defenseman in franchise history to record 20 or more goals in consecutive seasons, the other being Phil Housley.[16] Ekman-Larsson finished the 2015–16 season ninth in balloting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy.[17]

In the 2016–17 season, on 18 March 2017, during a game against the Nashville Predators Ekman-Larsson scored his 40th career powerplay goal against Pekka Rinne, tying Fredrik Olausson for the most by a defenseman in Arizona Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history.[18] On 3 April 2017, with the Coyotes out of playoff contention, Ekman-Larsson was granted a leave of absence for the remaining 3 regular seasons games in order to return to his native Sweden due to the death of his mother, after a prolonged battle with cancer.[19]

On 14 October 2017 in a game against the Boston Bruins, Ekman-Larsson scored his first powerplay goal of the season against Anton Khudobin and moved ahead of Fredrik Olausson for the franchise record for powerplay goals scored by a defenseman with his 41st.[20] On 10 January 2018, Ekman-Larsson was selected as the sole Coyotes representative at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.[21] On 10 March, Ekman-Larsson was fined $5,000 for slashing against Sven Andrighetto.[22] After the regular season concluded, and the Coyotes again failed to make the post-season, Ekman-Larsson was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and gives back to his community.[23] On 1 July, Ekman-Larsson signed a eight year contract to stay with the Coyotes, worth $66 million, despite the prospect of becoming a free agent the following season.[24]

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Germany/France
Gold medal – first place 2018 Denmark
Silver medal – second place 2011 Slovakia
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Germany
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Canada

Ekman-Larsson represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where he was the highest-scoring defenceman on the team,[25] scoring five points in six games.

At the 2010 World Championships, Ekman-Larsson played in nine games for the bronze medalists and was deemed to be Sweden's best player in the game against Norway.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Ekman-Larsson's maternal grandfather Kenneth Ekman,[27] also a defenceman, was selected to represent Sweden at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Swedish international footballer Amanda Ilestedt is Ekman-Larsson's cousin.[28] Ekman-Larsson's younger brother, Kevin, is signed with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners.[29]

In 2013, Ekman-Larsson founded OEL, a luxury clothing line based out of Sweden.[30]

Records[edit]

Title Record
Most game-winning goals by a defenseman in a single NHL season 8 goals [31]
First Swedish-born defenseman in NHL history to score more than 20 goals in a single season 23 goals [32]
Fastest shorthanded goal to begin a period in NHL history 5 seconds [33]
Most powerplay goals by a defenseman in Arizona Coyotes franchise history 41 goals [20]

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 Tingsryds AIF Div.1 27 3 5 8 10
2008–09 Leksands IF Allsv 39 3 14 17 32
2009–10 Leksands IF Allsv 42 9 18 27 98
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 1 10 11 24
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 15 3 7 10 16
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 13 19 32 32 16 1 3 4 8
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 20 7 14 21 28
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 3 21 24 26
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 15 29 44 50
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 23 20 43 40
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 75 21 34 55 96
2016–17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 79 12 27 39 48
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 14 28 42 44
NHL totals 576 102 188 290 360 16 1 3 4 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden U18 5th 6 2 6 8 2
2010 Sweden WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 2 3 5 12
2010 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 1 2 3 2
2011 Sweden WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 1 3 4 2
2014 Sweden Oly 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 3 3 2
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 2 10 12 6
2016 Sweden WCH 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 0 0 0 4
2017 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 2 3 5 2
2018 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 2 5 7 4
Junior totals 12 4 9 13 14
Senior totals 52 8 26 34 22

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NHL
All-Star Game 2015, 2018
International
World Championship All-Star Team 2015

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Phoenix Coyotes (2010-05-24). "Coyotes sign first round draft choice to entry level contract". coyotes.nhl.com. 
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  7. ^ "Ekman-Larsson Places Seventh in Norris Trophy Voting; Yandle Places 12th". coyotes.nhl.com. 2013-06-16. 
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  22. ^ "Ekman-Larsson fined for slashing in Coyotes game against Avalanche". NHL.com. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
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  26. ^ "IIHF World Championship Best Players Per Game" (PDF). IIHF.com. 23 May 2010. 
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  28. ^ Jonsson, Fredrik (29 June 2013). "Ilestedt drömmer om en medalj i hemma-EM" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Roadrunners Sign Kevin Ekman-Larsson To AHL Contract". Tucson Roadrunners. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  30. ^ "OEL of Sweden". oelofsweden.se. 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
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  33. ^ Associated Press (January 30, 2015). "Ekman-Larsson's floating goal sparks Coyotes over Leafs 3-1". Toronto: The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Viktor Tikhonov
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Brandon Gormley