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Bobby Nystrom

Born:October 10, 1952Draft:1972 Islanders 33rd Overall
Hometown:Stockholm, SwedenPosition:Right Wing
Known For:“Mr. Islander”Shoots/Catches:Right
National Team:SwedenCurrent Team:Retired

Robert Thore Nystrom (born October 10, 1952) is a Swedish-Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger. He played for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1972–86. He is best remembered as having scored the winning goal at the 7:11 mark of overtime to give the New York Islanders the 1980 Stanley Cup title. This signaled the first of four straight championships for the club. He was also among the last NHL players to not wear a helmet during a game.

In 1991, the Islanders began presenting the Bob Nystrom Award to the player on the team “who best exemplifies leadership, hustle, and dedication.”

Bobby Nystrom New York Islanders
Bobby Nystrom, New York Islanders circa 1980 (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

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Deeper Dive


  • NHL All-Star Game (1977)
  • Stanley Cup Winner (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
  • No. 23 Jersey Retired by Islanders (1995)
  • Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame (2003)