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Henrik Karlsson
Henrikkarlsson
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
216 lb (98 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Södertälje SK
Färjestads BK
Calgary Flames
Born November 27 1983 (1983-11-27) (age 33),
Stockholm, Sweden
Pro Career 2003 – present


Henrik Karlsson (born November 27, 1983) is a Swedish professional goaltender under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has played several seasons in the Swedish leagues, most recently for Färjestads BK and Södertälje SK in the Elitserien.

Playing careerEdit

A player undrafted in the NHL, Karlsson spent the majority of the 2008–09 season in the HockeyAllsvenskan with the Malmö Redhawks, but appeared in seven games in the Elitserien with Södertälje.[1] He was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks prior to the 2009–10 season,[2] but was returned to Sweden and took up starting duties with Färjestads.[1] Karlsson appeared in 34 games, posting three shutouts and a 2.45 goals against average. He suffered an injury late in the season that prevented him from playing in the playoffs as Färjestads was eliminated in the first round.[3]

Facing bleak prospects of playing with the Sharks in 2010–11, he contemplated signing with a team in the Kontinental Hockey League before his NHL rights were dealt by the Sharks to the Calgary Flames for a sixth round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[4] The Flames quickly signed Karlsson to a new one-year contract,[5] and he is expected to compete for the backup role to starter Miikka Kiprusoff.[4] He described the chance to play in the NHL as "a dream come true".[3]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Södertälje SK SEL 7 410 17 0 2.49 .929
2009–10 Färjestads BK SEL 34 1934 79 3 2.45 .914
Elitserien totals 41 2344 96 3 2.46 .917

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Meltzer, Bill (2009-09-23). Farjestad familiar with challenges of defending title. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  2. San Jose Sharks sign goalies Henrik Karlsson, Thomas Greiss. National Hockey League (2009-08-12). Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cruikshank, Scott (2010-06-27). Flames land big goalie. Calgary Herald. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Board, Mike (2010-06-26). A new understudy for Kiprusoff. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  5. Flames sign G Karlsson to one-year contract. The Sports Network (2010-06-29). Retrieved on 2010-06-29.

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