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Born May 13, 1975 (1975-05-13) (age 34),
Malmö, SWE
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence/right wing
Shoots Right
Elitserien team
F. teams
Färjestads BK
Malmö IF
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1993
Calgary Flames
Career 1991 – present

Jesper Mattsson (born May 13, 1975 in Malmö) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft in 1st round as the 18th pick overall.

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Career

When Mattsson was a junior, he was considered to be a big star in the future and in 1991, at just 16 years old, he played in Elitserien for his hometown club Malmö IF and before turing 19, he had won the Swedish championship twice (1992 and 1994). In 1993 Calgary Flames drafted him 18th overall in the 1993 NHL Draft. After his fourth season in Elitserien with Malmö IF, Mattsson signed a contract with the Flames. But Mattsson had a rough time in North America, and despite two and half seasons there he never dressed for a single Flames game, and played exclusively with Calgary's farm team, the Saint John Flames of the AHL. During his third season with Saint John he decided to move back to Sweden and Malmö IF and he finished the season with Malmö. He continued to play with Malmö for another six years with varied results.

In the summer of 2004 he decided it was time to move again and this time he signed a three-year contract with Malmö rival SEL team, Färjestads BK. His first seasons with Färjestad was a big disappointment, he only scored 15 points in 48 games, his worst season since 1994. But he played better in the playoffs, scoring 8 points in 15 games. But despite Mattsson's effort Färjestad lost in the finals against Frölunda HC. In his second season with Färjestad he showed the fans that he could play better and he scored 32 points (19 goals, 13 assists) in 45 games. His 19 goals was career high for Mattsson. Mattsson had a good post-season that year as well, tallying 17 points in 18 games, and helped Färjestad capture the Swedish championship.

Changing position

For the 2007-08 season, Mattsson was converted to playing defence after being a forward his whole career. [1]

International

Mattsson represented Sweden in the 1999 Ice Hockey World Championship, winning a Bronze medal, and in the 2006 Ice Hockey World Championship, winning a Gold medal.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs   Qualification
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Malmö IF Elitserien 24 0 1 1 2
1992–93 Malmö IF Elitserien 40 9 8 17 14 5 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Malmö IF Elitserien 40 3 6 9 14 9 1 2 3 2
1994–95 Malmö IF Elitserien 37 9 6 15 30 9 2 0 2 6
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 73 12 26 38 18 9 1 1 2 2
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 72 22 18 40 32 3 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 29 7 11 18 30
1997–98 Malmö IF Elitserien 16 3 5 8 8
1998–99 Malmö IF Elitserien 48 14 16 30 49 8 2 2 4 4
1999–00 Malmö IF Elitserien 50 17 19 36 40 6 0 0 0 6
2000–01 Malmö IF Elitserien 49 17 17 34 63 9 2 2 4 6
2001–02 Malmö IF Elitserien 49 12 10 22 26 5 1 1 2 4
2002–03 Malmö IF Elitserien 42 13 12 25 32
2003–04 Malmö IF Elitserien 48 19 14 33 24 7 3 1 4 4
2004–05 Färjestads BK Elitserien 48 5 10 15 47 15 4 4 8 6
2005–06 Färjestads BK Elitserien 45 19 13 32 50 16 3 12 15 16
2006–07 Färjestads BK Elitserien 51 10 26 36 79 9 1 3 4 12
2006–07 Färjestads BK ECC 2 0 0 0 0
Elitserien totals 587 150 164 314 466 91 16 26 42 62 7 3 1 4 4
AHL totals 174 41 55 96 80 12 2 2 4 2
ECC totals 2 0 0 0 0

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Preceded by
Cory Stillman
Calgary Flames' first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Chris Dingman
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