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Mats Naslund

Born:October 13, 1959Draft:1979 Canadiens 37th Overall
Hometown:Timra, SwedenPosition:Left Wing
Known For:“Le Petit Viking”Shoots:Left
National Team:SwedenCurrent Team:Retired

Mats Torsten Näslund (born 31 October 1959), nicknamed “Le Petit Viking“, is a Swedish former ice hockey player. He played as a left wing. Joining the Montreal Canadiens in 1982-83, he became the first European-born player to play for the Canadiens. After winning a gold medal in the 1994 Olympics, Naslund – along with Hakan Loob and Tomas Jonsson – became the first member of the Triple Gold Club. He was also the assistant general manager and helped build the Swedish team that won the Olympic gold medal in 2006.

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Mats Naslund, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

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  • IIHF World Juniors All-Star Team (1978)
  • IIHF World Championships Bronze Medal (1979)
  • Olympic Bronze Medal (1980)
  • Swedish League Champion (1980, 1992, 1994)
  • Swedish Hockey Player of the Year (1980)
  • IIHF World Championships Silver Medal (1981)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1983)
  • NHL All-Star Game (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1986)
  • Stanley Cup Winner (1986)
  • Lady Byng Trophy (1988)
  • IIHF World Championships Gold Medal (1991)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (1994)