Kent Nilsson
Position Centre
Nickname(s) Kenta
Mr. Magic
The Magic Man
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Djurgårdens IF
Winnipeg Jets
Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
Minnesota North Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born August 31 1956 (1956-08-31) (age 63),
Nynäshamn, SWE
NHL Draft 64th overall, 1976
Atlanta Flames
WHA Draft 11th overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Pro Career 1976 – 1997

Kent Åke "Kenta" Nilsson (born August 31, 1956, in Nynäshamn, Sweden) is a retired professional ice hockey centre.

Playing careerEdit

Nilsson began his career in 1973–74, playing for Djurgårdens IF during his first of four seasons in Sweden. He then came to North America, and played for the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA beginning in 1977. He scored two consecutive 100-point seasons in the WHA; and his offensive production continued when the league merged with the NHL. He was claimed by the Atlanta Flames, and in his first season with the team he scored 93 points. The next season, 1980–81, Atlanta moved to Calgary; Nilsson scored 131 points, which is still the team record and he came third in NHL scoring.

Nilsson played with the Flames until 1984–85 when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for a draft pick that the Flames used to draft Joe Nieuwendyk. Nilsson won his first and only Stanley Cup while playing with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987. He returned to Europe after that season, playing in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway. In 1988–89 he was named Player of the Year in Sweden. He returned to Edmonton for six games in 1995, which made him the last former Atlanta Flames player to play in the NHL. He then played briefly again in Europe until 1998.

He is currently a scout for the Edmonton Oilers, operating out of Europe. His son, Robert Nilsson, is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers.



  • Most points scored by a Swedish player in a single NHL season (131 in 1980–81)
  • Calgary Flames team record for points in a single season (131 in 1980–81)
  • Calgary Flames team record for assists in a single season (82 in 1980–81)
  • Calgary Flames team record for shorthanded goals in a single season (9 in 1983–84)

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77AIK HockeySEL3630184818
1977–78Winnipeg JetsWHA80426510789281010
1978–79Winnipeg JetsWHA783968107810311144
1979–80Atlanta FlamesNHL804053931040002
1980–81Calgary FlamesNHL804982131261439122
1981–82Calgary FlamesNHL41262955830332
1982–83Calgary FlamesNHL804658104109111122
1983–84Calgary FlamesNHL6731498022
1984–85Calgary FlamesNHL773762991430110
1985–86Minnesota North StarsNHL611644601051450
1986–87Minnesota North StarsNHL4413334612
1986–87Edmonton OilersNHL1751217421613196
1988–89Djurgårdens IFSEL3521214236
1989–90Kloten FlyersSwiss-A?2119400
1990–91Kloten FlyersSwiss-A414049890
1991–92Kloten FlyersSwiss-A1911142510
1992–93Djurgårdens IFSEL4011203120
1993–94Graz ECAust572352650
1994–95Edmonton OilersNHL61010
1996–97Stuttgart ECGer.210000
NHL totals 553 264 422 686 116 59 11 41 52 14

International playEdit

International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1973 Sweden EJC 5 8 7 15 2
1974 Sweden EJC 5 5 5 10 0
1975 Sweden WJC 6 3 3 6 0
1976 Sweden WJC 4 1 3 4 2
1981 Sweden CC 5 0 2 2 4
1984 Sweden CC 8 3 8 11 4
1985 Sweden WC 8 6 5 11 6
1987 Sweden CC 6 0 4 4 4
1989 Sweden WC 10 3 11 14 0
1990 Sweden WC 10 10 2 12 6
International totals 67 39 50 89 28

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Bo Berglund
Golden Puck
Succeeded by
Rolf Ridderwall
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