17 July 1991|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
6th overall, 2009|
Oliver Oscar Emanuel Ekman-Larsson (pronounced [ˈɔlɪvɛr ˈeːkman ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 17 July 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, 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.
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.
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. 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 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. 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. 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. He is just the second defenseman in franchise history to record 20 or more goals in consecutive seasons, the other being Phil Housley. Ekman-Larsson finished the 2015–16 season ninth in balloting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy.
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. 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.
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. On 10 January 2018, Ekman-Larsson was selected as the sole Coyotes representative at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. On 10 March, Ekman-Larsson was fined $5,000 for slashing against Sven Andrighetto. 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. 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.
|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. Ekman-Larsson's younger brother, Kevin, is signed with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners.
In 2013, Ekman-Larsson founded OEL, a luxury clothing line based out of Sweden.
|Most game-winning goals by a defenseman in a single NHL season||8 goals|||
|First Swedish-born defenseman in NHL history to score more than 20 goals in a single season||23 goals|||
|Fastest shorthanded goal to begin a period in NHL history||5 seconds|||
|Most powerplay goals by a defenseman in Arizona Coyotes franchise history||41 goals|||
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||15||3||7||10||16||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|All-Star Game||2015, 2018|
|World Championship All-Star Team||2015|
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- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick