Per Eklund (ice hockey)

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Per Eklund
Born (1970-07-09) July 9, 1970 (age 46)
Sollentuna, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for SEL
Djurgårdens IF
Linköpings HC
AHL
Adirondack Red Wings
DEL
Krefeld Pinguine
Straubing Tigers
NHL Draft 182nd overall, 1995
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1994–2007

Per Eklund (born July 9, 1970) is a retired Swedish ice hockey player. Eklund began playing hockey in Sollentuna HC[1] but moved to Väsby IK to play in a higher level. He played one game in Allsvenskan, where Väsby had been relegated to from Elitserien, during the 1987–88 season. After a few years unsuccessful attempts to reach Elitserien, Eklund moved to Huddinge IK in the same division after the 1991–92 season. The team managed to reach the last promotion playoff two seasons in a row, however did not manage to go all the way to Elitserien.[2] He made his Elitserien debut in Djurgårdens IF during the 1994–95 season. Eklund managed to score 19 goals and 29 point and was awarded Rookie of the Year.[3] His achievements in Elitserien drew attention from NHL, and he was drafted by Detroit Red Wings in 1995, 182nd overall.[4] He played the following two seasons in Djurgården before moving to Detroit's AHL franchise Adirondack Red Wings in 1997. The team made it to the Calder Cup but lost all three games in the first round against Albany River Rats.[5]

Eklund returned to Djurgården after just one season in North America. He became Swedish champion with Djurgården in 2000, before moving abroad again, this time to the German team Krefeld Pinguine. He was not able to help the team to make the playoffs, and he moved back to Sweden and Linköpings HC the following season. After a total of five seasons in Linköping he moved back for a final Elitserien season in Djurgården. His last professional team was German Straubing Tigers which he played for during the 2006–07 season. He started playing hockey at a lower level in his first club, Sollentuna. After the 2008–09 season, he ended his playing career and became general manager for the senior team.[6]

Per Eklund
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Team
Elitserien
Gold medal – first place 2000 Team

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Väsby IK Allsvenskan 1 0 0 0 0
1988–89 Väsby IK Division 1 17 3 8 11 8 7 4 1 5 2
1989–90 Väsby IK Division 1 32 12 21 33 40 2 0 1 1 2
1990–91 Väsby IK Division 1 30 18 13 31 24 4 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Väsby IK Division 1 29 13 24 37 26
1992–93 Huddinge IK Division 1 18 12 16 28 4
1992–93 Huddinge IK Allsvenskan 18 10 7 17 10 9 3 1 4 2
1993–94 Huddinge IK Division 1 17 15 7 22 32
1993–94 Huddinge IK Allsvenskan 18 5 4 9 8 2 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Djurgårdens IF Elitserien 40 19 10 29 20 3 1 1 2 4
1995–96 Djurgårdens IF Elitserien 39 17 10 27 10 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Djurgårdens IF Elitserien 50 20 16 36 12 4 1 0 1 4
1997–98 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 73 21 29 50 12 3 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Djurgårdens IF Elitserien 48 14 9 23 49 4 0 0 0 0
1999–2000 Djurgårdens IF Elitserien 50 20 13 33 38 13 3 1 4 6
2000–01 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 60 14 12 26 8
2001–02 Linköpings HC Elitserien 50 16 18 34 16
2002–03 Linköpings HC Elitserien 50 7 27 34 56
2002–03 Linköpings HC Kvalserien 10 6 7 13 10
2003–04 Linköpings HC Elitserien 50 15 17 32 24 5 1 3 4 0
2004–05 Linköpings HC Elitserien 49 6 9 15 18 6 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Djurgårdens IF Elitserien 50 17 8 25 24
2006–07 Straubing Tigers DEL 20 4 2 6 18
2006–07 Sollentuna HC Division 2 10 6 11 17 14
2007–08 Sollentuna HC Division 2 23 11 22 33 28
2008–09 Sollentuna HC Division 2 11 3 13 16 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Per Eklund". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Placeringar". huddingehockey.com (in Swedish). Huddinge IK. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "HEDERSPRISER, HISTORIK" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved 2009-09-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ "1995 NHL Entry Draft". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  5. ^ 1998 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com Retrieved on September 7, 2009
  6. ^ "Läget i trupp". sollentunahockey.com (in Swedish). Sollentuna HC. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 

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