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Born January 12, 1981 (1981-01-12) (age 29),
Stockholm, SWE
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
Ntl. team  Sweden
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2000
Detroit Red Wings
Career 1999 – present
Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Gold 2006 Turin Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2006 Team
Silver 2003 Team

Niklas Kronwall (born January 12, 1981 in Viksjö, Järfälla) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has gained notoriety for being an open ice hitter and started his career in Järfälla HC.

His younger brother Staffan plays for the Calgary Flames organization.

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Playing career

I know one scout who tried to bring up Niklas Kronwall's name with his team. They just laughed at him. They never even had a serious dialogue. They just stopped him. They said 'a 5-11 Swedish defenceman?' [The Red Wings] organization is more open-minded than that.
—-Håkan Andersson, Director of European Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings[1]

Niklas Kronwall was selected in the 1st round, 29th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He continued to play for Djurgårdens IF until he came to North America in 2003. He played 20 games for Detroit in the 2003–04 season, scoring one goal and four assists for five points, to go along with 16 penalty minutes.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Kronwall played a complete season for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings' top affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He notched 13 goals and 40 assists in 76 games while also playing a solid defense. For his efforts, Kronwall was awarded the Eddie Shore Award as the top defenceman in the AHL.

Kronwall was injured in an exhibition game against Colorado Avalanche in September 2005[2] and missed more than half of the 2005–06 season with a serious knee injury.

In late 2005, he was named member of the Swedish Olympic Team but dropped out in early 2006 because of his injured knee. When Mattias Öhlund was injured against Switzerland, Kronwall was called in to replace him.

He also played at the IIHF 2006 World Championship to win the other international gold medal. This makes him one of only eight players who have won both Olympic and World Cup gold the same year. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008, inducting him into the Triple Gold Club. He also led all defencemen in scoring with 15 points in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kronwall scored six goals to go with 45 assists during the 2008-09 NHL Season, and followed it up with two goals and seven assists during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Red Wings came within a game of repeating as Stanley Cup Champions.

Awards

  • Elitserien champion with Djurgårdens IF in 2000 and 2001.
  • Elitserien Junior Hockey Player of the Year in 2000.
  • Silver medal at the World Championships in 2003.
  • Awarded the Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding defenceman) in 2005.
  • Named to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2005.
  • Gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2006.
  • Gold medal at the World Championships in 2006.
  • Named MVP and Best Defender in World Championships in 2006.
  • Named to the World Championship All-Star Team in 2006.
  • Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Huddinge IK Swe-2 24 1 1 2 24
1999–00 Djurgårdens IF Elit 37 1 4 5 16 8 0 0 0 8
2000–01 Djurgårdens IF Elit 31 1 9 10 32 15 0 1 1 8
2001–02 Djurgårdens IF Elit 48 5 7 12 34 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Djurgårdens IF Elit 50 5 13 18 46 12 3 2 5 18
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 1 4 5 16
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 2 11 13 20
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 76 13 40 53 53
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 1 8 9 28 6 0 3 3 2
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 1 21 22 54
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 7 28 35 25 22 0 15 15 18
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 6 45 51 50 23 2 7 9 33
Elitserien totals 166 12 33 45 128 35 3 3 6 34
AHL totals 102 15 51 66 73
NHL totals 260 16 106 122 192 51 2 25 27 53

References

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (2008-06-09). "Secret to success? Meet the Wings' super scout". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080609/SPORTS05/806090354/1053/rss17. Retrieved 2008-06-15.  
  2. ^ Ted Kulfan (2005). "Injury costs Wings' Kronwall". The Detroit News. http://www.detnews.com/2005/wings/0509/29/D01-331701.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-21.  

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Preceded by
Jiri Fischer
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Jakub Kindl
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