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Mattias Öhlund
Ohlund
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Matty-O, Ollie
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
220 lb (100 kg)
NHL Team Vancouver Canucks
Nationality SWE
Born September 6 1976 (1976-09-06) (age 43),
Pitea, SWE
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1994
Vancouver Canucks
Pro Career 1997 – present


Mattias Öhlund (born September 9, 1976, in Piteå, Sweden) is a professional Swedish defenceman with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Öhlund was the Canucks' first pick, thirteenth overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. His career with the Canucks was stalled for years as general manager Pat Quinn and Öhlund's agent could not agree on a contract. As a result, Öhlund spent the 1994-95 to 1996-97 seasons playing hockey with Luleå HF of the Swedish Elitserien. This was until the Toronto Maple Leafs offered Öhlund a contract that the Canucks were forced to match if they wished to keep Öhlund's NHL rights. Incidentally, Öhlund currently is the longest serving of the Canuck's defensemen, having played 635 games for the team.

Öhlund made his NHL debut in Japan against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in a series of two regular season games held there. In his first season he tied fellow defenceman Jyrki Lumme for the team lead in scoring among defencemen. Also that year, he finished second to Boston Bruin Sergei Samsonov in Calder Memorial Trophy voting as the league's top rookie.

In 1999, Öhlund suffered a serious eye injury as a result of getting hit by a puck in the eye. This left him with permanent partial vision loss. He has since recovered and rebounded from this potentially career ending injury to become Vancouver's most consistent defenseman.

Öhlund has represented his home country of Sweden at virtually every level of international play. He has played for Team Sweden three times for the World Junior Championship, three times for the World Championship, once for the World Cup, and three times at the Olympics. He was a part of the Swedish Olympic Men's Ice Hockey team that won gold in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. He did receive a gold medal from the International Olympic Committee even though he did not play in the gold medal game. NHL teammates, Daniel and Henrik Sedin offered to give Öhlund a gold medal if the IOC would not give him a medal. Also, his replacement on the team, Niklas Kronwall, offered his medal to Öhlund if Öhlund was to not receive a gold medal.

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Off the ice

Öhlund is married and has a daughter and a son.

Awards

Movements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994-95 Luleå HF SEL 34 6 10 16 34 9 4 0 4 16
1995-96 Luleå HF SEL 38 4 10 14 26 13 1 0 1 47
1996-97 Luleå HF SEL 47 7 9 16 38 10 1 2 3 8
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 7 23 30 76 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 9 26 35 83 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 44 4 16 20 24 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 65 8 20 28 46 4 1 3 4 6
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 10 26 36 56 6 1 1 2 6
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 2 27 29 42 13 3 4 7 12
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 14 20 34 73 7 1 4 5 13
2004-05 Luleå HF Elit 2 1 0 1 4 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 13 20 33 92 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 11 20 31 80 12 2 5 7 12
NHL totals 635 78 198 276 572 42 8 17 25 49

International play

Öhlund has played for Team Sweden in three Olympic Games, three times in the World Junior Championship, and three times at the World Championships.

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Sweden WJC 7 0 2 2 2
1995 Sweden WJC 7 1 0 1 4
1996 Sweden WJC 7 0 5 5 32
1997 Sweden WC 11 2 1 3 12
1998 Sweden Oly 4 0 1 1 4
1998 Sweden WC 10 2 1 3 8
2001 Sweden WC 9 2 3 5 12
2002 Sweden Oly 4 0 2 2 2
2004 Sweden WCup 4 1 0 1 0
2006 Sweden Oly 6 0 2 2 2
Junior int'l totals 21 1 7 8 38
Senior int'l totals 48 7 10 17 40

References

  1. McIntyre, Gordon (2006-02-28). Ohlund to skate, Salo needs tests. The Province. Retrieved on 2006-12-02.

External links

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