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Mattias Öhlund

Born:September 9, 1976Draft:1994 Canucks #13 Overall
Hometown:Piteå, SwedenPosition:Defence
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:SwedenCurrent Status:Retired

Kenneth Mattias Öhlund (born 9 September 1976) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning. He played two seasons in the Swedish Allsvenskan, the second highest tier of hockey in Sweden, with Piteå HC before being selected by the Canucks 13th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He then joined Luleå HF of the Elitserien, the highest league in Sweden, winning the Le Mat Trophy as league champions in 1996.

Ohlund began his NHL career with Vancouver in 1997–98, the start of an 11-year tenure with the club in which he became the Canucks’ all-time leader in points for a defenceman (since surpassed by Alexander Edler). Öhlund would play the final two seasons of his professional career with the Tampa Bay Lightning before retiring in 2011. A serious eye injury before his third NHL season was the first of many injuries Öhlund has sustained over his career, and he only played a full season twice in his 13-year NHL career.

Internationally, Öhlund represented Sweden in numerous tournaments, beginning with three World Junior Championships that included Best Defenceman honours as part of a silver medal effort in 1996. He has since competed in three World Championships, earning gold in 1998, and three Winter Olympics, earning gold in 2006.

Mattias Ohlund Vancouver Canucks
Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver Canucks, Dec. 11, 2003 (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Mattias Öhlund Statistics

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Achievements

  • Olympic Gold Medal (2006)
  • World Championship Bronze Medal (2001)
  • NHL All-Star Game (2000)
  • World Championship Gold Medal (1998)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
  • World Championship Silver Medal (1997)
  • Elitserien SM Silver Medal (1997)
  • Elitserien Champion (1996)
  • Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior) (1996)
  • U20 WJC All-Star Team (1996)
  • U20 WJC Best Defenseman (1996)
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal (1996)
  • U20 WJC Bronze Medal (1995)
  • U18 EJC All-Star Team (1994)
  • U18 EJC Best Defenseman (1994)
  • U18 EJC Gold Medal (1994)
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal (1994)

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