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Born May 24, 1959(1959-05-24),
Stockholm, SWE
Died November 11, 1985 (aged 26),
Somerdale, NJ, U.S.
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Pro clubs NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
AHL
Maine Mariners
Springfield Indians
Ntl. team  Sweden
NHL Draft 35th overall, 1979
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1980 – 1985

Per-Eric Göran "Pelle" Lindbergh (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpɛlɛ ˈlindbærj]; May 24, 1959 – November 11, 1985) was a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who played parts of five seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Playing career

Having gained fame while playing for local team Hammarby in his youth, and especially making his debut in the highest Swedish hockey league with AIK (Stockholm) leading him to the Swedish national team in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Lindbergh set his sights on the North American game. Lindbergh owns the distinction of being the goaltender on the only team which did not lose to the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 1980 Olympics, as his Team Sweden and Team USA played to a 2-2 tie in the first game of the tournament. After being drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft (2nd round, 35th overall), he started out his North American career during the 1980–81 season by playing a couple seasons for the Maine Mariners of the AHL before playing his first games for the Flyers in 1981–82. In 1982–83, he was named goalie of the NHL All-Rookie Team. He led the NHL with 40 victories during the 1984–85 season and won the Vezina Trophy, the first European goaltender to do so in NHL history. That same year, he was also named a First Team All-Star.

Death

On November 10, 1985, he drove his customized Porsche 930 Turbo into a wall in front of a Somerdale, New Jersey, elementary school, fatally injuring himself and also injuring two others. Lindbergh died the next day, November 11. The medical staff at the hospital kept him on life support until his father arrived from Sweden to say his final goodbye, signing the papers to end life support. At the time, he was returning from the Coliseum, the former practice center for the Flyers located in Voorhees Township. Law enforcement disclosed he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, with a blood alcohol content level of .24%, well above .1% which was New Jersey's legal limit at the time. Lindbergh topped the fan voting for the 1986 NHL All-Star Game. It would mark the first time a player was chosen posthumously for an all-star team in a major North American team sport. Sean Taylor's selection to the 2008 Pro Bowl was the only other time this has happened. Though his number 31 was never officially retired by the Flyers, no Flyer has worn the number 31 since Lindbergh's death.

In 2006 a Swedish biography entitled "Pelle Lindbergh: Behind the White Mask" was written by Swedish author Thomas Tynander. An English version was published in fall 2009.

Awards

The Philadelphia Flyers named an award, the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial, in his honor. Since 1993–94, it has been annually awarded to the most improved player on the team.

Career statistics

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Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 51 31 14 5 3035 165 1 3.23
1981–82 Maine Mariners AHL 25 17 7 2 1505 83 0 3.31
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 2 4 2 480 35 0 4.38
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 23 13 3 2333 116 3 2.98
1983–84 Springfield Indians AHL 4 4 0 0 240 12 0 3.00
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 36 16 13 3 1999 135 1 4.05
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 40 17 7 3858 194 2 3.02
1985–86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 6 2 0 480 23 1 2.88
NHL totals 157 87 49 15 9151 503 7 3.30
AHL totals 80 52 21 7 4780 260 1 3.26

Post season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 20 10 7 0 1120 66 0 3.54
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 3 0 180 18 0 6.00
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 0 26 3 0 6.92
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 12 6 0 1008 42 3 2.50
NHL totals 23 12 10 0 9151 63 3 3.11
AHL totals 20 10 7 0 1120 66 0 3.54

International play

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 1980 Lake Placid Ice hockey

1980 - Played for Sweden in the XIII Olympic Winter Games.

See also

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Preceded by
None
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
1985
Succeeded by
Mark Howe
Preceded by
Tom Barrasso
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1985
Succeeded by
John Vanbiesbrouck

Simple English

Born May 24, 1959(1959-05-24),
Stockholm, Sweden
Died November 11, 1985 (aged 26),
Somerdale, NJ, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Pro clubs NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
AHL
Maine Mariners
Springfield Indians
NHL Draft 35th overall, 1979
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1980 – 1985

Per-Erik "Pelle" Lindbergh (IPA: ['pɛlɛ ˈlindbærj], May 24, 1959November 11, 1985) was a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender who played parts of five seasons in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Awards

  • 1980–81 Les Cunningham Award
  • 1980–81 Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
  • 1980–81 Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
  • 1982–83 NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 1984–85 Vezina Trophy
  • 1984–85 NHL First-Team All-Star
  • 1985–86 NHL All-Star Game (awarded posthumously)

The Philadelphia Flyers named an award, the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial, in his honor. Since 1993–94, it has been annually awarded to the most improved player on the team.

Career Statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 51 31 14 5 3035 165 1 3.23
1981–82 Maine Mariners AHL 25 17 7 2 1505 83 0 3.31
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 2 4 2 480 35 0 4.38
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 23 13 3 2333 116 3 2.98
1983–84 Springfield Indians AHL 4 4 0 0 240 12 0 3.00
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 36 16 13 3 1999 135 1 4.05
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 40 17 7 3858 194 2 3.02
1985–86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 6 2 0 480 23 1 2.88
NHL CAREER TOTALS 157 87 49 15 9151 503 7 3.30
AHL CAREER TOTALS 80 52 21 7 4780 260 1 3.26

Post season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 20 10 7 0 1120 66 0 3.54
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 3 0 180 18 0 6.00
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 0 26 3 0 6.92
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 12 6 0 1008 42 3 2.50
NHL Totals 23 12 10 0 9151 63 3 3.11
AHL Totals 20 10 7 0 1120 66 0 3.54

International Play

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 1980 Lake Placid Ice hockey

1980 - Played for Sweden in the XIII Olympic Winter Games

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