Johnny Oduya

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Johnny Oduya
Johnny Oduya Jets2 2012-02-11.JPG
Oduya with the Jets in 2012.
Born(1981-10-01) October 1, 1981 (age 32)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
PositionDefense
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Djurgårdens IF
Hammarby IF
Frölunda HC
New Jersey Devils
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
National team Sweden
NHL Draft221st overall, 2001
Washington Capitals
Playing career1999–present
 
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Johnny Oduya
Johnny Oduya Jets2 2012-02-11.JPG
Oduya with the Jets in 2012.
Born(1981-10-01) October 1, 1981 (age 32)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
PositionDefense
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Djurgårdens IF
Hammarby IF
Frölunda HC
New Jersey Devils
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
National team Sweden
NHL Draft221st overall, 2001
Washington Capitals
Playing career1999–present

David Johnny Oduya [1](born October 1, 1981) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman of partial Kenyan Luo descent, who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

Oduya with the Devils

Playing career[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver2014 Sochi

Oduya's first club was Hammarby IF, where he played as a junior. In 2000, at the age of 19, he moved to North America to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He spent one season in North America, splitting time between Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats. After moving back to Sweden, he played two seasons with Hammarby's pro-team in HockeyAllsvenskan before signing a contract with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Elitserien. During the two seasons he spent with the team, he was known as an aggressive defenceman and a tough guy. At times he fought with opposition players and received loads of penalty minutes. However, he was also a very dependable player and played regularly in the Swedish national team during the Euro Hockey Tour. In the 2005–06 season, after he had been dismissed by the NHL team Washington Capitals, he moved to another Swedish team, Frölunda HC. In Frölunda, he played as a more offensive defenceman, scoring eight goals and eleven assists.

The following season, Oduya signed with the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Many expected him to be a minor league player, who potentially would get a brief stint or two in the NHL. When several of the Devils' defenders were injured, Oduya got a spot in the lineup. He played surprisingly well in the NHL, sometimes playing around twenty minutes a game. He played in virtually every Devils game that season, except for a few that he missed due to a mid-season injury. However, in the playoffs, he wasn't even at the bench when the Devils were defeated in the second round. His being benched was mostly due to Andy Greene, who stepped right into the lineup out of college.

Oduya was named to the 2010 Winter Olympics as a member of the Swedish men's ice hockey team.

On February 4, 2010, Oduya was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela.[2]

On February 27, 2012, Oduya was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

In October 2012, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Oduya traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, to play for the local team the Flying Farangs, in the 18th Annual "Land of Smiles" Hockey tournament. He carried his team to the championship against Abu-Dhabi, and helped bring home Bangkok's first title in tournament history. [4][5][6]

In June 2013, Oduya won his first Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, who defeated the Boston Bruins in six games during the Stanley Cup Finals.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/−PIMGPGAPts+/−PIM
1999–00Hammarby IFJ203231821+124861234
1999–00Hammarby IFHA100000100000
2000–01Moncton WildcatsQMJHL44113849−9147
2000–01Victoriaville TigresQMJHL2431619+31112134913+210
2001–02Hammarby IFHA46111425+18662101+14
2002–03Hammarby IFHA3882028+33162107512−138
2003–04Djurgårdens IFSHL42448+91734000−36
2004–05Djurgårdens IFSHL49246−913912022−139
2005–06Frölunda HCSHL4781119+129517123016
2006–07New Jersey DevilsNHL762911−5616011+26
2007–08New Jersey DevilsNHL7562026+27465011−56
2008–09New Jersey DevilsNHL8272229+21307000+32
2009–10New Jersey DevilsNHL40224+218
2009–10Atlanta ThrashersNHL27189+612
2010–11Atlanta ThrashersNHL8221517-1522
2011–12Winnipeg JetsNHL6321113-933
2011–12Chicago BlackhawksNHL18145+306033+10
2012–13Chicago BlackhawksNHL483912+121023358+1216
NHL totals51126100126+422324731013+1330
SHL totals138141933+1240733145+1261

Personal life[edit]

Johnny is the son of a Kenyan father and a Swedish mother.

He is the younger brother of the late Fredrik Oduya, a former NHL draftee who was an enforcer in the minor leagues.

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