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Kristian Huselius
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Born November 10 1978 (1978-11-10) (age 38),
Österhaninge, Sweden
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Färjestad BK
Frölunda HC
Florida Panthers
Linköpings HC
Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets
AIK Hockey
Ntl. team Flag of Sweden Sweden
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1997
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1996–2012


Lars Kristian Huselius (born November 10, 1978) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Huselius' hometown is Haninge, a town near Stockholm. He was drafted 47th overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers and entered the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2002. A fast, skillful playmaker, Huselius typically plays on the wings and spent the early part of his career in the Swedish Elitserien, playing for Hammarby IF, Färjestad BK and Frölunda HC. The Panthers traded him to the Calgary Flames on December 2, 2005,[1] where he managed 39 points in 54 games, adjusting well despite fears by some analysts that he would not fit into Calgary's physical, defensive playing style.[citation needed] In the 2006–07 season, he held a point-streak of 15 games, the second-highest in the NHL that season. Huselius also garnered a career-high 77 points that season, scoring 34 goals and adding 43 assists. During the 2007–08 season, Huselius recorded his first career NHL hat-trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On July 2, 2008, Huselius signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] He recorded 21 goals during his first season with the Blue Jackets and also scored a goal during the Blue Jackets' first round playoff loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings; it was the Blue Jackets' first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Huselius played in only 33 games for Columbus after tearing a chest muscle. Following the 2011–12 season, he was released. On August 23, Huselius stated that the Blue Jackets had rushed his recovery, and that he was not given ample time to recover from his injury. He stated that he was forced into game action too early, which resulted in him pulling his groin muscle and forcing him to miss the rest of the season with a slow recovery. On January 8, 2013, just days after the 2012–13 NHL lockout ended, Huselius announced his retirement from professional hockey due to injury.

Suspension due to sex scandalEdit

In 2005, Huselius and fellow Swedish hockey players Henrik Tallinder and Andreas Lilja were investigated on suspicion of sexual exploitation. In March 2005, all three players were suspended from the Swedish national team for one year, with Huselius and Tallinder being released by Linköpings HC and Lilja being suspended by Mora IK for the rest of the season.[3]

On February 9, 2005, a 22-year-old woman accused the trio of raping her. Two days later, police dropped their investigation due to a lack of evidence. However, a special prosecutor reopened the case in March, leading to the suspensions.[4] Huselius and the others were cleared in June of that year after a special prosecutor ruled there was no evidence they forced the woman to have sex.[5]

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Färjestad BK SEL 132024 51010
1997–98 Färjestads BK SEL 342132 110000
1998–99 Färjestad BK SEL 284484
1998–99 Frölunda HC SEL 202242 41010
1999–00 Frölunda HC SEL 5021234420 52248
2000–01 Frölunda HC SEL 4932356726 545914
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 7923224514
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 7820234320
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 7610213124
2004–05 Linköpings HC SEL 3414354910
2004–05 SC Rapperswil-Jona NLA 41342
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 245384
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 5415243936 72464
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 8134437726 60224
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 8125416640 70446
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7421355644 41124
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7423406336
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 391492310
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 20002
2012–13 AIK SEL 52130
SEL totals 2337910118068 30871522
NHL totals 662190261451256 243111418

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2002 Sweden
Bronze 2001 Germany

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Sweden WC 7 4 1 5 4
2001 Sweden WC 9 2 3 5 0
2002 Sweden WC 9 5 6 11 0
Senior int'l totals 25 11 10 21 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. TSN.ca Staff (December 2, 2005). Flames acquire Huselius from Panthers. TSN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved on May 22, 2007.
  2. Huselius signs with Blue Jackets. tsn.ca (July 2, 2008). Retrieved on July 10, 2008.
  3. Associated Press (February 16, 2005). Allegations in Sweden to be reviewed. TSN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved on May 22, 2007.
  4. Canadian Press (March 3, 2005). Swedish NHLers to be re-investigated. TSN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved on May 22, 2007.
  5. Associated Press (June 11, 2005). Swedish prosecutor clears three players. Globe and Mail. Retrieved on May 22, 2007.

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