|Born:||July 3, 1960||Draft:||1980 Flames #181 Overall|
|Known For:||Triple Gold Club||Shoots:||Right|
Håkan Per Loob (born 3 July 1960) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player for Färjestad BK of the Elitserien and the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the head of European Scouting for the Calgary Flames after resigning as president of Hockey Operations for Färjestad. Considered one of the greatest Swedish hockey players of all time, he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Swedish ice hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. The Elitserien created the Håkan Loob Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goal scorer, in his honour in 2005 and Färjestad has retired his jersey number 5.
Loob joined Färjestad in 1979 and was a member of the team that won the Swedish championship in 1981. He won the Guldpucken as Swedish player of the year in 1982–83 after setting single-season records of 42 goals and 76 points. He moved to North America following that season to join the Flames, who had selected him with a ninth-round pick at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Loob was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1983–84 and in 1987–88 was named a First Team All-Star after becoming the first Swedish player to score 50 goals in one NHL season. He won the Stanley Cup with Calgary the following year, after which he chose to return to Sweden.
Rejoining Färjestad in 1989, Loob won consecutive Guldhjälmen awards in 1991 and 1992 as the Elitserien’s most valuable player as selected by his fellow players. He retired in 1996 to become the club’s general manager. He managed Färjestad to four Elitserien titles in 11 seasons before being elevated to team president. Internationally, Loob represented the Swedish national team on several occasions. He was one of the first three members of the Triple Gold Club, signifying that he has won the Stanley Cup, the World Championship (in 1987 and 1991), and an Olympic gold medal (1994).
Håkan Loob Statistics
- Hakan Loob, the Other #12
- Calgary Flames With 100-Point Seasons
- Flames’ 10 Best Centers in Franchise History
- Calgary Flames’ 50-Goal Scorers
- A Look At Calgary’s Love Affair with Sweden
- Inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1998
- Inducted into the Sweden Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012
- Olympic Gold Medal with Team Sweden (1994)
- Member of the Triple Gold Club
- Olympic All-Star Team (1992)
- Two-time Elitserien Most Valuable Player (1991, 1992)
- Three-time Elitserien SM-silver Medal (1983, 1990, 1991)
- Spengler Cup All-Star Team (1990, 1991)
- Two-time World Championship Gold Medalist (1987, 1991)
- World Championship Silver Medal (1990)
- Stanley Cup Champion with the Calgary Flames (1989)
- NHL First All-Star Team (1988)
- NHL Best Swedish Player (Viking Award) (1988)
- NHL All-Rookie Team (1984)
- World Championship Bronze Medal (1982)
- Elitserien Champion (1981)
- U20 World Junior Championship All-Star Team (1980)
- Two-time U20 WJC Bronze Medalist (1979, 1980)
Matthew Zator is a THW freelance writer, media editor, and scout who lives and breathes Vancouver Canucks hockey, the NHL Draft, and prospects in general. He loves talking about young players and their potential. Matthew is a must-read for Canucks fans and fans of the NHL Draft and its prospects. For interview requests or content information, you can follow Matthew through his social media accounts which are listed under his photo at the conclusion of articles like this one about Tyler Motte.