July 17, 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 July 17, 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 (NHL). 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 October 23, 2010. He then scored his first career NHL goal on January 17, 2011, against goaltender Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks.
On March 6, 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 December 9, 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 December 16, 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. At the end of 2014–15, Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defencemen in goals scored, with 23.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Oliver Ekman-Larsson". eurohockey.net. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
- 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.
- "Senators' Karlsson wins second Norris Trophy". NHL. June 24, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- "IIHF WJC Championship Sweden PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2009-2010" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 11, 2010.
- "IIHF World Championship Best Players Per Game" (PDF). IIHF.com. May 23, 2010.
- Ronnie Johansson (2010-04-23). "Eliteprospects.com - Kenneth Ekman". eliteprospects.com (in Swedish).
- Jonsson, Fredrik (June 29, 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