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National Hockey League players from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

May 1, 2016

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PETER FORSBERG IN 1991 WHILE PLAYING WITH MODO HOCKEY

(PHOTO CREDIT: HOCKEY GODS)

The city of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden (also known as O-vik) has produced a great number of NHL players for a community of about 30,000 persons. A list of NHL hockey players who have played for MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik is set forth below.

As to NHL players actually born in Ornskoldsvik the city has perhaps produced more NHL players per capita than any other city in the world. A Swedish economist calculated that to produce so many NHL players the city should have had a population of 12 million persons.

“Hockey makes the city go round,” said Mikael Sundell, instructor at Nolaskolen, Ornskoldsvik hockey high school.

“Hockey is the only sport played at O-vik. It’s a traditional thing. When you grow up you basically chose between hockey and no sports at all,” said Par Hagglund, sports editor of the local newspaper, as quoted in an article by Janne Bengtsson titled “Sweden’s hockey hotbed.” (The Globe and Mail — May 31, 2011.) (Bengtsson is the hockey reporter for Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm.)

Some NHL hockey players who were born in Ornskoldsvik are:

HENRIK SEDIN — Henrik has played 1,166 NHL games since he started his NHL career in 2000. He currently plays center for the Vancouver Canucks.

DANIEL SEDIN — Daniel has played 1,143 NHL games since he started is NHL career in 2000. He currently plays LW for the Vancouver Canucks.

PETER FORSBERG — Peter played 708 NHL games during his NHL career from 1995 to 2011. He last played for the Colorado Avalanche. He is the son of Kent Forsberg, a former coach of MODO and the Swedish national team. Peter is currently the assistant general manager of MODO.

MARKUS NASLUND — Markus played 1,117 NHL games during his NHL career from 1993 to 2009. He returned to live in Ornskoldsvik after he retired and served as MODO’s general manager for more than three years.

NIKLAS SUNDSTROM — Niklas played 750 NHL games during his NHL career from 1995 to 2006. He played forward and was known for his defensive play. Niklas last played for the Montreal Canadiens.

VICTOR HEDMAN — Victor currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has played in 392 NHL games.

LARS MOLIN — Lars played forward for three seasons (1981 – 1984) with the Vancouver Canucks.

ANDERS HEDBERG — Anders played 465 games in the NHL. He played for the New York Rangers from 1978 to 1985.

HANS JONSSON — Hans played 242 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has played for MODO.

ANDREAS SALOMONSSON — Andreas played for the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals from 2001 to 2003. He then returned to play for MODO. He retired in 2010.

PIERRE HEDIN — Pierre played three games for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2003-2004 season. He played four seasons for MODO after he returned to Sweden and also played for Sodertalje, Sweden during his last year of hockey (2009-2010 season).

NIKLAS NORDGREN — Niklas played 58 games in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2005-2006 season. He played for MODO during the 2013-2014 season.

MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik played in the Swedish Hockey League, (Next year it will play in Sweden’s second-tier league, Hockey Allsvenskan.) The coaching legends at MODO were the late Carl-Abel “Kabben” Berglund and Anders Melinder, principal at the Hockey Gymnasium Ornskoldsvik.

Other past or present NHL players who played at MODO include, in alphabetical order:

Adrian Aucoin (Canada), Zdenek Blatny (Czech.), Donald Brashear (USA), Bobby Butler (USA), Kyle Cumiskey (USA), Niko Dimitrakos (USA), Robert Dome (Slovakia), Patrick Dwyer (USA), Tobias Enstrom (Sweden), Anders Eriksson (Sweden), Anton Forsberg (Sweden), Thomas Gradin (Sweden), Josh Green (Canada), Kari Haakana (Finland), T. J. Hensick (USA), Shaun Heshka (Canada), Dan Hinote (USA), Miroslav Hlinka (?), Marcel Hossa (Slovakia), Martin Hostak (Czech.), Greg Johnston (Canada), Hans Jonsson (Sweden), Kaberle Frantisek (Czech.), Petr Kalus (Czech.), Kyosti Karjalainen (Sweden), Joel Kwiatkowski (Canada), Maxim Lapierre (PQ), Tommy Lehman (Sweden), Lars Lindgren (Sweden), Joakim Lindstrom (Sweden), Richard Lintner (Slovakia), Viktor Loov (Sweden), Freddy Meyer (USA), Tomas Mojzis (Czech.), Mike Morrison (USA), Bryan Muir (Canada), Ladislav Nagy (Slovakia), Joonas Nattinen (Finland), Niklas Nordgren (O-vic, Sweden), Michael Nylander (Canada), Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden), Robert Petrovicky (Skovakia), Ronald Petrovicky (Slovakia), Thomas Pock (Austria), Richie Regehr (Canada), Byron Ritchie (Canada), Travis Roche (Canada), Anssi Salmela (Finland), Tommy Salo (Sweden), Andreas Salomonsson (O-vik, Sweden), Rob Schremp (USA), Brett Skinner (Canada), Radek Smolenak (Czech.), Per Svartvadet (Sweden), Niklas Svedberg (Sweden), Jeff Tambellini (Canada), Mikael Tellqvist (Sweden), Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (Norway), Tony Tuzzolino (USA), Linus Ullmark (Sweden), Jeff Ulmer (Canada), David Vyborny (Czech.), Mattias Weinhandl (Sweden), Noah Welch (USA), Ryan Whitney (USA), Kyle Wilson (Canada) and Mats Zuccarelio (Norway).

(Source: MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik all-time player roster at http://www.hockeydb.com.)

MODO won its first Le Mat Trophy (the Swedish Stanley Cup) in 1979. The MODO roster of 23 Swedish players included 17 from Ornskoldsvik.

MODO won its next Le Mat Trophy in 2007. “When Modo won gold — its first in 28 years — 8,000 people crowded into the new Swedbank Arena to celebrate,” wrote Ivar Edman in an article titled “A puck-crazed town in Sweden churns out N.H.L. stars.” (New York Times — May 3, 2007.) “Just as many filled the town’s square.”

“Ornskoldsvik would play a major role in the two greatest moments in Swedish hockey history: the Olympic gold-medal victories in 1994 and 2006,” wrote Stephen Brunt in an article titled “There’s a remote little town in Sweden that exports three things: pulp and paper, heavy machinery and really, really good NHL players: Inside a hockey factory.”

MODO has retired the numbers for Nils Johansson (1958-1970), Per Lundqvist (1968-1983), Magnus Wernblom (1990-2004, 2007-2009), Anders Hedberg (1967-1972), Peter Forsberg (1990-1995, 2005, 2009-2010) and Per Svartvadet (1992-1999, 2003-2009).

Swedes on MODO’s current roster are Albin Carlson, Emil Djuse, Oscar Hedman (O-vik), Adrian Kempe, Niklas Nordgren (O-vik), Peter Oberg, Victor Olofsson (O-vik), Markus Olsson (O-vik), Simon Oerud, Samuel Pahlsson, Dennis Persson, Gustaf Possler, Adam Reideborn, Nichlas Torp and Linus Ullmark.

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MARKUS NASHLUND WITH TODD BERTUZZI OF THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS

MARKUS SERVED AS MODO’S GENERAL MANAGER

(PHOTO CREDIT: HOCKEY GODS)