Patric Hörnqvist

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Patric Hörnqvist
Patric Hornqvist 2017-12-09 2.jpg
Hornqvist with the Penguins in 2017
Born (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 31)
Sollentuna, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Djurgårdens IF
Nashville Predators
HC Red Ice
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 230th overall, 2005
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2005–present

Patric Gösta Hörnqvist (pronounced [ˈpɑːtrɪk ²hœːɳkvɪst]; born 1 January 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Nashville Predators.

Hörnqvist won his first Stanley Cup championship when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. In 2017, Hörnqvist scored the Cup-winning goal against his former team, as the Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hörnqvist was born on 1 January 1987 in Sollentuna in Stockholm, Sweden. He began playing hockey in local Sollentuna-club Gillbo IF,[2] and also played minor hockey in Solna SK.[3] Hörnqvist later moved on to play junior hockey in Väsby IK Hockey. He was part of Stockholm/Röd's team in the 2002 TV-pucken and also made some appearances in Väsby's senior team the same season. Hörnqvist played two additional seasons with Väsby, but when head coach Charles Berglund was acquired by Djurgårdens IF in 2004 as assistant coach, Hörnqvist followed.[4]

Hörnqvist during his time with the Predators

He played a few games for Djurgården's J20 team during the 2004–05 season and was drafted by Nashville Predators in the seventh round, 230th and last overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Hörnqvist made his Elitserien debut on 26 September against Timrå IK and played 47 games out of 50 during the 2005–06 Elitserien season scoring five goals and seven points.[5] He became the Elitserien Rookie of the Year in 2007 after a successful second season in Djurgården's regular team, scoring 23 goals and 34 points.[2][6]

Hörnqvist signed on a three-year contract with Nashville in May 2007 but had already chosen to stay for another season in Djurgården during the previous month.[7][8] He played another good season scoring 18 goals and 30 points in 53 games; and participated in his first Elitserien playoff when Djurgården met Linköpings HC in the quarterfinals. These games did not go well for Hörnqvist; he recorded only one assist, and his team lost the series 4–1.[9]

Nashville Predators[edit]

Hörnqvist moved to North America for the 2008–09 NHL season in hopes of making the Predators' roster. However, he struggled and was assigned to their minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he spent most of the year. He scored his first NHL goal on 15 October 2008 against Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, in one of his 28 NHL games that year. Hörnqvist broke out in the 2009–10 NHL season, leading the Predators in goals (30) and tying for the team lead in points with 51.

After the completion of the Predators' lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Hörnqvist was re-signed to a five-year contract extension on 30 April 2013.[10]

Hörnqvist raising the Stanley Cup in Nashville in 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Hörnqvist, along with Nick Spaling, was traded on 27 June 2014, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward James Neal.[11] This trade united him with Sidney Crosby. Crosby and Hörnqvist were drafted in the same year (2005), but Crosby was drafted first and Hörnqvist last.

As the 2014 season started, Hörnqvist was on the Penguins first line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz.[12] He scored his first goal with the Penguins in his first game against the Anaheim Ducks.[13] After returning from an injury and with additional in-season trades, Hörnqvist was on the first line with Crosby and David Perron.

On 29 February 2016, Hörnqvist recorded his first career hat-trick and added an assist in a 6–0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.[14] On 13 April 2016, Hörnqvist recorded his first career playoff hat-trick and added an assist in a 5–2 win over the New York Rangers. Hörnqvist won his first Stanley Cup when the Penguins defeated the Sharks in six games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.

On 11 June 2017, Hörnqvist scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against his former club the Predators in game six, winning his second consecutive Stanley Cup.[15] Hörnqvist recorded nine points in 19 postseason contests.

On 27 February 2018, Hörnqvist signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract extension with the Penguins that would keep him under contract until the 2022–23 season.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Djurgårdens IF SEL 47 5 2 7 36
2006–07 Djurgårdens IF SEL 49 23 11 34 38
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF SEL 53 18 12 30 58 5 0 1 1 6
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 28 2 5 7 16
2008–09 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 49 17 18 35 44 11 4 4 8 6
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 80 30 21 51 40 2 0 1 1 4
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 79 21 27 48 47 12 2 1 3 6
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 76 27 16 43 28 10 1 3 4 2
2012–13 Red Ice HC SL 9 7 7 14 8
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF Allsv 10 2 3 5 6
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 24 4 10 14 14
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 76 22 31 53 28
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 25 26 51 38 5 2 1 3 2
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 22 29 51 36 24 9 4 13 10
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 21 23 44 28 19 5 4 9 18
2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 29 20 49 58 10 5 6 11 22
SHL totals 149 46 25 71 132 5 0 1 1 6
NHL totals 649 203 208 411 333 82 24 20 44 64

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Denmark
World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Plzeň
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Sweden WJC U18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 0 1 2
2007 Sweden WJC 4th 7 1 2 3 4
2007 Sweden WC 4th 9 6 0 6 12
2010 Sweden Oly 5th 4 1 0 1 4
2012 Sweden WC 6th 3 0 0 0 4
2016 Sweden WCH 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 0 2 2 0
2018 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 2 0 2 2
Junior totals 14 2 2 4 6
Senior totals 25 9 2 11 22

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2016, 2017 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Patric Hörnqvist, Djurgårdens IF, Årets Rookie". swehockey.se (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2010. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Kenneth Ahl (3 April 2007). "Årets Rookie i Svensk Hockey" (in Swedish). Solna SK. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Abrahamsson, Hans (19 February 2007). "Jag siktar mot Tre kronor". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Jerker Dammbro (26 September 2005). "Laguppställningen mot Timrå". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Årets rookie" (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hörnqvist skrev på för Nashville". svt.se (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 23 May 2007. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Jerker Dammbro (17 April 2007). "Patric Hörnqvist stannar i DIF". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "SM-slutspel – 2007/2008". hockeyligan.se (in Swedish). Hockeyligan AB. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Predators sign Hornqvist to five-year, $21.25M extension". The Sports Network. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Penguins trade Neal to Predators for Hornqvist, Spaling". The Sports Network. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Crosby, Hornqvist help Penguins top Maple Leafs". NHL.com. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins – 10/09/2014". nhl.com. 
  14. ^ "Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins – 02/29/2016". NHL.com. 
  15. ^ "Penguins claim Stanley Cup in shutout of Predators". National Hockey League. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  16. ^ "Penguins Sign Patric Hornqvist to a Five-Year Contract Extension". NHL.com. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018. 
  17. ^ "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 

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