Carl Gunnarsson

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Carl Gunnarsson
Carl Gunnarsson 2012-03-07.JPG
Gunnarsson with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012
Born (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 32)
Örebro, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
Linköpings HC
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 194th overall, 2007
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2005–present

Carl Gunnarsson (born 9 November 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL), after being traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs, who originally drafted him in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to coming to North America, Gunnarsson played for Linköpings HC of the Swedish Elite League. Gunnarsson plays internationally for Sweden and has participated in three IIHF World Championships, capturing one silver and two bronze medals.

Playing career

Gunnarsson was selected in the seventh round, 194th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1] Before joining the Maple Leafs in the NHL, Gunnarsson played in the Swedish Elite League for Linköpings HC.[2] He was signed by the Maple Leafs to an entry-level contract on 3 June 2009. He made his NHL debut during the 2009–10 season, initially splitting time between the Maple Leafs and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Gunnarsson scored his first NHL goal on 29 January 2010 against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.[2] After his rookie season, he led the team in plus-minus.[2]

On 28 June 2014, Gunnarsson was traded to the St. Louis Blues, along with a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Roman Polák.[3]

International play

Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 Slovakia
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Germany
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Switzerland

Gunnarsson made his international debut for Sweden at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championships. He played in six games, recorded 24 penalty minutes and zero points. Later in his career, he has played for Sweden at three separate World Championships, helping his team capture a medal each time (one silver and two bronze).[4]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Arboga IFK Allsv 12 1 5 6 8
2005–06 Linköpings HC SEL 14 0 0 0 0
2006–07 VIK Västerås HK Allsv 15 2 3 5 14
2006–07 Linköpings HC SEL 30 2 2 4 8
2007–08 Linköpings HC SEL 53 2 7 9 26 16 0 4 4 10
2008–09 Linköpings HC SEL 53 6 10 16 26 7 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 12 0 2 2 2
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 3 12 15 10
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 4 16 20 14
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 4 15 19 20
2012–13 Örebro HK Allsv 10 0 4 4 2
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 1 14 15 14 7 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 3 14 17 34
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 2 10 12 2 6 0 0 0 0
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 3 6 9 31 19 0 2 2 7
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 56 0 6 6 4 11 0 0 0 2
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 5 4 9 22
SHL totals 150 10 19 29 60 23 0 5 5 12
NHL totals 556 25 97 122 151 43 0 3 3 9

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Sweden WJC18 5th 6 0 0 0 24
2009 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 2 0 2 4
2010 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 1 1 2 2
2011 Sweden WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 6 0 0 0 24
Senior totals 24 3 3 6 8

References

  1. ^ "Toronto Maple Leafs Draft History". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Carl Gunnarsson Toronto Maple Leafs". Toronto Maple Leafs. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  3. ^ "Blues trade Roman Polak to Maple Leafs for Carl Gunnarsson, pick". CBS Sports. 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  4. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (ed.). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2014. Toronto: Fenn/McClelland & Stewart. p. 363.

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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