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Born February 26, 1975 (1975-02-26) (age 34),
Kungälv, Sweden
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
SEL team
F. teams
Frölunda HC
Boston Bruins
Ntl. team  Sweden
NHL Draft 177th overall, 1995
Boston Bruins
Career 1993 – present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 2006 Turin Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2004 Team
Silver 2003 Team
Bronze 2002 Team
Bronze 2001 Team

Anders Per-Johan Axelsson (born February 26, 1975), commonly abbreviated to P. J. Axelsson, is a Swedish professional ice hockey player with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien. His nickname in Sweden is "Pebben". He was the longest-tenured Bruin at the time of his departure from the NHL, having been with the Boston team from 1997–2009.

Axelsson plays as a left winger. Although he hasn't gained the reputation of a premier goal scorer, Axelsson's gritty, unrelenting attitude as a solid, defensive-minded forward, and his ability to make smart plays on the ice, has made him a fan favourite of the Boston Bruins, Frölunda HC, and the Swedish national team, Tre Kronor.

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Playing career

Axelsson played four seasons for his hometown team, Frölunda HC, in the Swedish Elitserien before being drafted 177th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.

Axelsson played all 82 games in his rookie season with the Bruins, helping them to reach the playoffs after the Bruins had missed out the previous season. He has since become one of the Bruins' key skill players.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Axelsson played for Frölunda HC in Sweden and helped the team become the champion of Elitserien. After the lockout, he returned to the United States to rejoin the Bruins. He became an Olympic champion with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

On March 23, 2006, he signed a three year extension to his contract with the Boston Bruins.[1]

On February 21, 2008, Axelsson played his 700th NHL game, in Sunrise, Florida, a 5–4 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.

After helping the Bruins to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2008-09 NHL Season, Axelsson signed a four year contract with Frölunda HC on July 27, 2009. Upon his return, he was named as one of two alternate captains for the team.

Off the ice

Axelsson is married and has two children, a daughter named Wilma and a son named Wilson. In his spare time he enjoys golf and football.[2]

Career achievements

Records

  • Elitserien record for most assists in playoffs (10)

Career statistics

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Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 11 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 8 2 1 3 6 — — — — —
1995–96 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 36 15 5 20 10 13 3 0 3 10
1996–97 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 50 19 15 34 34 3 0 2 2 0
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 82 8 19 27 38 6 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 77 7 10 17 18 12 1 1 2 4
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 81 10 16 26 24 — — — — —
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 81 8 15 23 27 — — — — —
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 78 7 17 24 16 6 2 1 3 6
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 66 17 19 36 24 5 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 78 7 17 24 16 6 2 1 3 6
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 33 4 9 13 83 14 1 10 11 18
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 59 10 18 28 4 — — — — —
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 55 11 16 27 52 — — — — —
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 75 13 16 29 15 7 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 75 6 24 30 16 11 0 1 1 2
SEL totals 150 45 30 75 149 38 4 12 16 28
NHL totals 797 103 184 287 276 54 4 3 7 24

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