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Alexander Edler

Born:April 21, 1986Draft:2004 Canucks #91 Overall
Hometown:Östersund, SwedenPosition:Defence
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:SwedenCurrent Team:Los Angeles Kings

Ulf Niklas Alexander Edler (born 21 April 1986) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted out of Sweden’s third-tier ice hockey league by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round, 91st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and played junior ice hockey with Modo Hockey of the J20 SuperElit and the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Edler turned professional in North America with the Canucks’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, in 2006–07, seeing some time in the NHL over the course of the season. Having played in games for the Canucks in 2006-07, he is the longest-tenured player on the team’s current lineup. He became a full-time member the following season and has since been named to one NHL All-Star Game (2012). He is also the franchise leader in goals and points by a defenceman.

Internationally, Edler has competed for Sweden on four occasions: at the 2006 World Junior Championships, the 2008 and 2013 IIHF World Championships (winning gold), and the 2014 Winter Olympics (winning silver). Edler is an offensive defenceman noted for his calm on-ice demeanor and strong slapshot. Now on the downturn of his career, he has turned into a reliable two-way defenceman often matched against the top lines of the opposing team.

Alexander Edler Vancouver Canucks
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

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Achievements

  • Won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2013 and 2017 World Championships
  • Won a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics
  • Played in the All-Star Game in 2012
  • Named to the NHL YoungStars roster in 2008

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