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Eddie Lack
Lack
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
183 lb (83 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Vancouver Canucks
Leksands IF
Brynäs IF
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born January 5 1988 (1988-01-05) (age 29),
Norrtälje, Sweden
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2010 – present

Eddie Läck (born 5 January 1988) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Läck has previously played professionally in Sweden for Leksands IF of the HockeyAllsvenskan and Brynäs IF of the Elitserien. After going unselected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010. He was assigned to the Manitoba Moose in his first season with the Canucks organization and was named to the 2010-11 AHL All-Rookie Team. He is nicknamed "The Stork", in reference to his tall stature and long legs.

Playing career Edit

Sweden Edit

Läck spent his minor hockey career with his hometown team, Norrtälje IK. He also competed in two TV-pucken tournaments – an annual under-16 national competition – with Stockholm's second regional team. He entered the junior ranks with Djurgårdens IF's organization in 2004–05 and helped the club to a J18 Allsvenkan silver medal. Two years later, he joined Leksands IF at the J20 level.

Läck made his professional debut with Leksands IF's men's team in the HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden's second-highest league, appearing in three games in 2006–07. The following campaign, he appeared in 26 HockeyAllsvenskan games, recording a 1.96 goals against average (GAA), while still seeing playing time in junior. In 2008–09, he fully established himself with Leksands IF's professional team, outplaying former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour as the club's starter. He posted a 2.02 GAA and .930 save percentage in 32 games.

Going into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he was ranked ninth among European goaltenders by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, but went unselected. After three seasons with the Leksands IF organization, Läck moved up to the Elitserien, Sweden's premiere league, signing a two-year contract with Brynäs IF on July 6th 2009. He made his Elitserien debut on 17 October, relieving Jacob Markström (who at the time was a Florida Panthers prospect) near the end of the first period. He stopped all 18 shots he faced in a 3–2 loss to Farjestads BK Karlstad. Läck went on to play in 14 games as a backup to Markström, registering a 2.67 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Manitoba Moose/Chicago Wolves Edit

Läck's play garnered the attention of Vancouver Canucks scout Lars Lindgren and in the off-season, he was signed by the Canucks to a two-year, entry-level contract on 6 April 2010. He subsequently left Sweden to begin playing within the Canucks organization. Assigned to the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks' minor league affiliate, he made his American Hockey League (AHL) debut on 9 October, making 23 saves in a 5–2 win over the Rockford IceHogs Competing for playing time with fellow Moose goaltender Tyler Weiman, Läck emerged as the team's starter, appearing in 53 games (28 wins, 21 losses and 4 overtime or shootout losses). With a 2.26 GAA (ranked seventh in the league) and .926 save percentage (fourth in the league), Läck was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. During the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, he helped the Moose to the second round, recording a 1.99 GAA and .932 save percentage in 12 games. Following the Manitoba's elimation to the Hamilton Bulldogs, Läck was called up to the Canucks on May 13th 2011, to travel and practice with the team as a playoff reserve. Vancouver advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals and lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

Positioned behind Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider (joint winners of the 2010-11 William M. Jennings Trophy) on the Canucks' depth chart, Läck was assigned to the AHL for a second season in 2011–12. Due to the Winnipeg Jets' return to the NHL, the Moose franchise was relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland; as a result, the Canucks switched their AHL affiliation to the Chicago Wolves. Läck made his Wolves debut on 8 October 2011, stopping 31 of 33 shots in a 3–2 shootout loss to the San Antonio Rampage. He recorded his first win and shutout with Chicago three games later on October 21st against the Rockford IceHogs. The following month, Läck was called up by Vancouver after starting goaltender Roberto Luongo sustained an injury. He dressed for his first NHL game on 16 November 2011, backing up Cory Schneider in a loss against the Chicago Blackhawks before being reassigned the following day. He finished the season in Chicago posting a 21–20–3 record with a 2.31 GAA and a .925 save percentage. By season's end, he, along with backup Matt Climie, helped set a Wolves franchise record for lowest team goals against average at 2.54. Läck's second season with the Wolves started slowly, as his numbers dropped significantly from the previous season. He had been playing with a hip flexor injury and a decision was made to rest him to allow the injury to heal. The injury eventually required surgery which ended Läck's season. He finished the year playing in 13 games posting a 7–4–1 record with a 3.00 GAA and an .899 save percentage.

Vancouver Canucks Edit

Millionaire Lack

Lack wearing the Canucks' commemorative Vancouver Millionaires jersey on March 26th 2015

Läck was named the Canucks' backup goaltender to start the 2013-14 NHL season, and made his first appearance – and recorded his first win – on 6 October 2013, with a 5–4 overtime win against the Calgary Flames On 15 November, despite Läck having only made five NHL appearances to date, the Canucks re-signed him to a two-year contract extension worth a total of U.S.$2.3 million. He would record his first NHL shutout in his home ice debut against the Carolina Hurricanes on 9 December 2013.

On 4 March 2014, starting goaltender Roberto Luongo was traded to the Florida Panthers, along with minor leaguer Steven Anthony, for forward Shawn Matthias and former Brynäs IF goaltender teammate Jacob Markström, makingthe goaltending tandem for the Canucks Lack and Markstrom, and making Läck an NHL starter for the first time in his career. That summer, however, the Canucks signed Ryan Miller as their starter, but when Miller was hurt in late February 2015, Läck excelled and allowed the Canucks to maintain their playoff position, even starting the Canucks first few playoff games. Eddie Läck recorded his first Stanley Cup playoff victory 17 April 2015, with a 4–1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Läck remained in net until he was pulled in Game 4 in Calgary, at which point Miller returned. The Canucks went on to lose their first round matchup with Calgary in 6 games.

Carolina Hurricanes Edit

On 27 June 2015, Läck was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for a 2015 third round pick and a 2016 seventh round pick.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffs Edit

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF J20 1 60 6 0 6.00 .872
2005–06 Djurgårdens IF J20 23 1400 49 3 2.10 .918
2006–07 Leksands IF J20 30 1781 85 0 2.86 .919
2006–07 Leksands IF Swe-1 2 78 4 0 3.10 .867 1 3.06 .893
2007–08 Leksands IF J20 18 1077 47 4 2.62 .912 3 179 8 0 2.68 .925
2007–08 Leksands IF Swe-1 24 1441 45 4 1.87 .923 2 3.39 .792
2008–09 Leksands IF J20 2 120 4 1 2.00 .900
2008–09 Leksands IF Swe-1 32 1905 64 4 2.02 .930 6 2.36 .903
2009–10 Brynäs IF J20 6 359 21 0 3.51 .884
2009-10 Brynäs IF SEL 14 809 36 0 2.67 .911 2 79 2 0 1.53 .946
2010-11 Manitoba Moose AHL 53 28 21 4 3135 118 5 2.26 .926 12 6 5 752 25 2 1.99 .932
2011-12 Chicago Wolves AHL 46 21 20 3 2703 104 4 2.31 .925 5 2 2 304 11 0 2.17 .917
2012-13 Chicago Wolves AHL 13 7 4 1 760 38 1 3.00 .899
2013-14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 16 17 5 2319 93 4 2.41 .912
2014-15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 18 13 4 2324 95 2 2.45 .921 4 1 3 198 10 0 3.03 .886
2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 34 12 14 6 1921 90 2 2.81 .901
NHL totals 116 46 44 15 6,563 278 8 2.54 .912 4 1 3 198 10 0 3.03 .886

Awards Edit

  • AHL All-Rookie Team in 2011

External links Edit

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