Anders Hedberg

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Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg.jpg
Born(1951-02-25) 25 February 1951 (age 62)
Örnsköldsvik, SWE
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotLeft
Played forModo AIK
Djurgårdens IF
Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career1967–1985
 
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Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg.jpg
Born(1951-02-25) 25 February 1951 (age 62)
Örnsköldsvik, SWE
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotLeft
Played forModo AIK
Djurgårdens IF
Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
NHL DraftUndrafted
Playing career1967–1985

Anders Hedberg (born 25 February 1951 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was one of the first European-born players to make an impact in North America. Along with countryman Ulf Nilsson, Hedberg signed a contract to come over to play for the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association in 1974, after having represented both Modo Hockey and Djurgårdens IF in his native Sweden. He was twice voted best junior in Sweden and as such the only one (1969+1970) and is a graduate from the Stockholm School of Physical Education (GIH).

Prior to the mid-seventies, Europeans generally did not come to play in the National Hockey League, as the cartel of NHL owners had poor (some would say xenophobic)[citation needed] opinions of Europeans and European hockey. Players such as the Slovak-born but Canadian-raised Stan Mikita were the exception. Hedberg was an instant sensation in the WHA, recording 100 points in 65 games in his first season, and playing alongside established superstar Bobby Hull.

Hedberg played a starring role as the Jets won the Avco World Trophy titles in 1976 and 1978. In the summer of 1978, Nilsson and Hedberg signed with the NHL's New York Rangers for $2.4 million, one of the first open acknowledgements that the quality of the WHA was on par with the NHL, making a merger with the WHA possible just one season later. Hedberg recorded 856 professional points in North American hockey over 751 games, and would retire from the Rangers in 1985.

After his active career, Hedberg has among other things worked as an assistant to general manager Craig Patrick of the New York Rangers. Between 1991-1997 he worked as a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs before moving up to the position as assistant general manager in 1997-1999. In 2000 he was appointed general manager of the Swedish national ice hockey team and joined the Ottawa Senators as Director of Player Personnel in 2002-2007.[1] In August 2007, he returned to the New York Rangers as the Head Professional European Scout. He was elected to the Swedish Hockey Hall of Fame on 11 February 2012.[2]

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  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1974–75Winnipeg JetsWHA65534710045
1975–76Winnipeg JetsWHA76505510548131361915
1976–77Winnipeg JetsWHA687061131482013162913
1977–78Winnipeg JetsWHA77635912260996152
1978–79New York RangersNHL80334679331854912
1979–80New York RangersNHL803239712193257
1980–81New York RangersNHL80304070521488166
1981–82New York RangersNHL40110
1982–83New York RangersNHL7825345912948124
1983–84New York RangersNHL793235671651010
1984–85New York RangersNHL642031511032132
NHL totals4651722263981445822244631
WHA totals2862362224582014235286330

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Preceded by
Brad Park
Bill Masterton Trophy winner
1985
Succeeded by
Charlie Simmer