Victor Hedman

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Victor Hedman
Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Hedman with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
Born (1990-12-18) December 18, 1990 (age 24)
Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Modo Hockey
Barys Astana
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2007–present

Victor Erik Olof Hedman (born December 18, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hedman was selected second overall by the Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Hedman with Modo Hockey in 2008.
Hedman in September 2011.

Sweden[edit]

Hedman began his junior ice hockey career in the Swedish J20 SuperElit with the Modo Hockey organization. He recorded 25 points in 34 games during his first full season in the league in 2006–07. Hedman then turned professional and joined the Elitserien with Modo at the age of 16. At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, he was ranked first overall amongst all draft-eligible skaters in the International Scouting Services' preliminary rankings.[1] In the same season, he was nominated as the SHL Rookie of the Year. Following his performance at the 2009 World Junior Championships for Sweden, Hedman was listed atop the rankings of European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. Despite the unlikelihood of Hedman playing in Russia, he was drafted 83rd overall by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s Spartak Moscow on June 1, 2009.[2]

Going into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Hedman was listed as the second-ranked player and top European player. This led to him being selected second overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[3][4]

Hedman has drawn comparisons to Chris Pronger, who has a similar physique and was also drafted second overall.[5]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

Hedman made his NHL debut for the Lightning on October 3, 2009, against the Atlanta Thrashers. He registered his first point, an assist, on a Martin St. Louis goal. His first NHL goal was then scored on December 5 against Dwayne Roloson of the New York Islanders.

On January 5, 2011, during his sophomore NHL season in 2010–11, Hedman checked Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby from behind, receiving a minor boarding penalty. The hit was one of two that were eventually blamed for causing a severe concussion on Crosby that kept him out of play for over a year.[6][7]

On November 29, 2011, shortly into the 2011–12 season, Hedman signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension with Tampa Bay. On September 25, 2012, it was announced that Hedman signed a contract with Barys Astana of the KHL during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. During the 2013–14 season, Hedman had a breakout season, posting a career best in goals (13), assists (42) and points (55).

Hedman followed up his breakout season with a strong start to the 2014–15 season. However, his start would be derailed after he suffered a broken finger, which was expected to rule him out of play for four-to-six weeks. At the time, Hedman was tied for the lead amongst NHL defencemen with seven points, and was considered a possible James Norris Memorial Trophy candidate for defenceman of the year entering into the season.[8] Despite the injury, Hedman still had a productive season with the Lightning, scoring 10 goals, 28 assists and 38 points in 59 games played. After Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, Hedman had recorded the most points by a Lightning defencemen in a single playoff year, with one goal, 11 assists and 12 points.[9] On June 8, 2015, during Game 3 of the Final series, Hedman set Lightning records for career playoff assists (20) and points (23) by a defenceman, surpassing Dan Boyle, who previously held the record with three goals and 19 assists (22 points).[10]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Germany
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 Ottawa
Silver medal – second place 2008 Pardubice
World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Tampere
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2007 Hodonín

Hedman played for Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships, where he helped the team to a silver medal, losing to Canada 3–2 in the final, and was selected to the tournament All-Star Team. He later became one of the youngest players to play for Sweden's men's team when he made his debut at age 17 in an exhibition game against Norway.[11] Hedman would once again play for Sweden's junior team at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa, where he met Canada for the second consecutive year in the gold medal game, earning another silver medal in a 5–1 loss.

Personal[edit]

Hedman has two older brothers — Oscar Hedman, who is also a professional hockey player that currently plays for Modo Hockey; as well as Johan Hedman, who does not play professionally.

As a child, Hedman originally started out playing as a goaltender. His father, Olle Hedman, told his son that if he left the net, he would purchase him the new helmet that he coveted. He has not played in goal since that day. Victor said that "I'm thankful for that now. You never know what would have happened otherwise."[12]

Hedman's other passions were flying (has logged eight hours on a Piper PA-32), and soccer. His father said that his son would just outrun everyone on the field. Hedman still plays soccer in the summer, and religiously follows the sport. In an article it was revealed that when quizzed on any player on any English Premier League team, he couldn't be stumped. His dad said that his son "probably knows more about football than hockey. However, Hedman knew that hockey was his future. He was encouraged by some of hockey's greats. The players would come back every summer and play for a team called the Icebreakers, inviting Hedman to play. Some notable players on the team included Peter Forsberg, Markus Näslund, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nicklas Bäckström. Hedman said that "looking back at it now, it was an unbelievable experience."[13]

In 2014 Hedman started a hockey school in his hometown. The spots in the school sold out in two hours. Hedman said that "to see the thrill in the kids eyes, it's worth it all."[14]

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 Modo Hockey J20 10 0 1 1 8
2006–07 Modo Hockey J20 34 13 12 25 30 5 1 1 2 44
2007–08 Modo Hockey J20 6 2 1 3 26 3 2 0 2 4
2007–08 Modo Hockey SHL 39 2 2 4 44 5 1 0 1 4
2008–09 Modo Hockey J20 2 0 2 2 10 5 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Modo Hockey SHL 43 7 14 21 52
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 4 16 20 79
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 3 23 26 70 18 0 6 6 8
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61 5 18 23 65
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 26 1 20 21 70
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 44 4 16 20 31
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 13 42 55 53 4 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 59 10 28 38 40 26 1 13 14 6
SHL totals 82 9 16 25 96 5 1 0 1 4
NHL totals 392 39 143 182 338 48 2 21 23 16

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Sweden WJC18 3rd 6 1 2 3 10
2008 Sweden WJC18 4th 4 1 3 4 10
2008 Sweden WJC 2nd 6 0 1 1 4
2009 Sweden WJC 2nd 6 0 2 2 6
2010 Sweden WC 3rd 9 1 1 2 6
2012 Sweden WC 5th 8 0 1 1 14
Junior totals 22 2 8 10 30
Senior totals 17 1 2 3 20

Awards[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Award Year(s) awarded
Sweden's Junior of the Year 2009
Elitserien Rookie of the Year 2009
Guldpucken 2015[15]

International[edit]

Award Year(s) awarded
World U18 All-Star Team 2007, 2008
World Junior All-Star Team 2008[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Scouting Services Preliminary Rankings". TSN. Archived from the original on October 19, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Tavares passed over in KHL draft, Hall taken by Ak Bars". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "2014 NHL Mock Draft". My NHL Draft. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Tavares, Hedman highlight NHL mid-season rankings". TSN. January 12, 2009. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ Allen, Kevin (June 25, 2009). "Intriguing choice at No. 1 pick: Big-time scorer or franchise D". USA Today. Retrieved June 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Vince Massi (September 7, 2011). "Crosby Show has been must-see TV". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Greg Wyshynski (January 6, 2012). "The Sidney Crosby concussion vs. the economics of the NHL". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Peters, Chris (October 20, 2014). "Lightning D Victor Hedman out 4-6 weeks with broken finger". CBSSports NHL. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ Burns, Bryan (June 6, 2015). "Bolts even up Stanley Cup Final with 4-3 win over Blackhawks". Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Burns, Bryan (June 8, 2015). "Cedric Paquette's game-winner gives Bolts 2-1 series lead against Chicago". Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ Ek, Mattias (March 28, 2008). "Debut i Tre Kronor - som 17-åring" [Debut in Three Crowns - 17 years old] (in Swedish). Expressen. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  12. ^ Smith, Joe (June 9, 2015). "Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman turning heads as playoff MVP candidate". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ Smith, Joe (June 9, 2015). "Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman turning heads as playoff MVP candidate". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ Smith, Joe (June 9, 2015). "Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman turning heads as playoff MVP candidate". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ Normally the Guldpucken is awarded to a player in Sweden, but Hedman won the award for his play in the NHL.
  16. ^ "Hockey Awards & Achievements". Elite Prospects. Archived from the original on September 1, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steven Stamkos
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Carter Ashton