Sean Bergenheim
Sean Bergenheim
Position Winger
Shoots Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Florida Panthers
New York Islanders

Tampa Bay Lightning

Born February 8 1984 (1984-02-08) (age 36),
Helsinki, Finland
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2002
New York Islanders
Pro Career 2001 – present

Sean Bergenheim (born February 8, 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career Edit

Bergenheim played in Jokerit of the SM-liiga for three seasons, from 2001 to 2004, winning the Finnish championship in 2002. He was drafted by the New York Islanders as their first pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 22nd overall.

He signed a three-year deal with the New York Islanders in 2003, and played 18 games for the Islanders in his debut season, 2003–04. Bergenheim scored his first NHL goal - a short-handed goal - against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was transferred back to Jokerit in January 2004, and moved back to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in April for the American Hockey League (AHL) playoffs and the subsequent lockout season.

Bergenheim spent most of the 2005–06 season playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. His breakout in the AHL finally brought him back to the New York Islanders, but he was unable to agree on a new contract with the team in the 2006 offseason, and subsequently signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Russian Superleague (RSL).

On October 31, 2006, Bergenheim signed a one-year contract with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien. In Frölunda, he found instant chemistry with fellow forwards Steve Kariya and Martin Plüss to form a very successful line.

On June 18, 2007 Bergenheim signed a one-year contract to return to the NHL with the New York Islanders.[1] During the 2007–08 season, his first full season in the NHL, Bergenheim became the 350th different New York Islander skater to register a goal at Madison Square Garden on March 4, 2008.

Scoring 10 goals in 78 games with the Islanders for the season Bergenheim signed a two-year contract extension on July 14, 2008.[2] With higher expectations for the 2008–09 season, Sean scored 7 points in the first 16 games before he was felled by injury and illness that caused him to miss 26 games.[3] Returning to health in the second half of the season Bergenheim had his first multi-goal game with two goals to help the Islanders shutout the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on February 28, 2009.[4] His strong form with New York continued and on March 7, 2009, Bergenheim recorded his first career hat trick against the New Jersey Devils.[3] He finished the season with a career high 15 goals in only 59 games.

After the 2009–10 season Bergenheim left the Islanders and signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 17, 2010.[5] In his first appearance in the NHL playoffs, despite having only 14 goals in 80 games during the regular season, Bergenheim finished with 9 goals in 16 games en route to victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a sweep of the Washington Capitals before finally falling to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins in seven games.[6]

On July 1, 2011, Bergenheim signed a four-year contract worth $11 million with the Florida Panthers.[7]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2007 Moscow
Bronze 2008 Quebec City
Bronze 2006 Riga
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2004 Helsinki
Bronze 2003 Halifax
Bronze 2002 Pardubice
IIHF U18 Championships
Bronze 2001 Helsinki

Bergenheim has represented Finland in the World U18 Championships as well as the World Junior Championships, winning one and three bronze medals, respectively.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Jokerit FNL 282244
2002–03 Jokerit FNL 383364 20000
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 181124
2003–04 Jokerit FNL 2022418 31120
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 723510
2004–05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 6115142969
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 55252247112
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 2845920
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 914526
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 3616173380
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 7810122262
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 591592464
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 6310132345
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 8014152956 1692118
NHL totals 3265455109251 1692118


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Finland Jr. WJC U18 63148
2002 Finland Jr. WJC18 884126
2002 Finland Jr. WJC 70114
2003 Finland Jr. WJC 72466
2004 Finland Jr. WJC 71342
2006 Finland WC 92134
2007 Finland WC 912331
2008 Finland WC 40002
Junior int'l totals 3514132726
Senior int'l totals 2233637


External linksEdit

Preceded by
Raffi Torres
New York Islanders first round pick
Succeeded by
Robert Nilsson

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