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Henrik Borgström
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Born 6 August 1997 (1997-08-06) (age 22),
Helsinki, Finland
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2016
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2018–present

Kurt Henrik Mikael Borgström (born August 6, 1997) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Borgström was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He formerly played hockey at the the University of Denver in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) for two seasons.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Before playing hockey at the University of Denver, Borgström played hockey within the junior program of HIFK. He played two seasons for HIFK's Under 18 team and one for the Under 20 team. In his first season for the U18 team, in 2013-14, he played in 30 games, scoring 8 goals and 12 assists. In his second season he played in 21 games, scoring 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points.

Due to his outstanding play with the Under 18 team, Borgström was promoted to HIFK's U20 team. During the season, he appeared in 40 games, adding 55 points with 29 goals and 26 assists. He did not return the following season, leaving Finland and committing to Denver so he could further develop his hockey career.[1]

AmateurEdit

Borgström played his first season at Denver in 2016-17. He scored 43 points in 37 games and was named the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Rookie of the Year[2] and was also named to the league's West First-Team All-American. He also helped lead the team to the 2017 NCAA Championship.[3]

In his second season with Denver, in 2017-18, he played in 40 games and added 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points. Borgström was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award at the end of the 2017-18 season.[4] He was also named NCHC Player and Forward of the Year.[5][6]

ProfessionalEdit

Borgström went undrafted at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Despite being ranked as a potential 3rd-round pick, he was drafted in the 1st round, 23rd overall of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.[7] On March 26, 2018 signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers.[8]

Three days later, on March 29, he made his NHL debut in a 3-2 Panthers' overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2015–16 HIFK Jr. A 40 29 26 55 20 4 4 2 6 0
2016–17 University of Denver NCHC 37 22 21 43 16
NCHC totals 37 22 21 43 16

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2017 Finland WJC 9th 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 6 0 0 0 2

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2016–17 [10]
NCHC Rookie of the Year 2016–17
NCHC Player of the Year 2017–18
NCHC Forward of the Year 2017–18

ReferencesEdit

  1. College commitment announced. Twitter (2016-04-05). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  2. Henrik Borgström Named NCHC Rookie of the Year. finnishjuniorhockey.com (2017-03-17). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  3. Denver wins NCAA hockey title with 3-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth. Chicago Tribune (2017-04-09). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  4. DU standout Henrik Borgström nominated for the Hobey Baker Award. milehighhockey.com (2018-03-29). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  5. Denver's Henrik Borgstrom named NCHC Player of the Year. Star Tribune (2018-03-15). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  6. Tanner Jaillet & Henrik Borgström honored with NCHC awards. milehighhockey.com (2018-03-15). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  7. Panthers select Finnish center Henrik Borgstrom in first round. Sun-Sentinel (2016-06-24). Retrieved on 2018-04-04.
  8. Panthers sign Henrik Borgstrom to entry-level contract (26 March 2018). Retrieved on 4 April 2018.
  9. Down to the wire: Panthers look to keep playoff hopes alive in Boston (31 March 2018). Retrieved on 4 April 2018.
  10. "2016–2017 All-American Team", The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved on 2018-04-04. 

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