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Mika Zibanejad
U18 WM 2011 Mika Zibanejad
Position Centre
Shoots Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
192 lb (87 kg)
NHL Team Ottawa Senators
Teams Djurgårdens IF (SEL)
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born 18 April 1993 (1993-04-18) (age 23),
Stockholm, Sweden
NHL Draft 6th Overall, 2011
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 2010 – present

Mika Zibanejad (born 18 April 1993) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player of Finnish and Iranian descent. Zibanejad is currently a member of the National Hockey League (NHL) Ottawa Senators organization. Zibanejad most recently played for Djurgårdens IF in the J20 SuperElit and Elitserien. Zibanejad began playing hockey at the age of six in Hammarby IF, and later moved on to AIK IF and Djurgården to play in their respective junior teams. He made his Elitserien debut on 7 December 2010, and scored his first Elitserien goal on 15 January 2011. Zibanejad was selected sixth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators and signed a professional contract with Ottawa on 13 July 2011.

Playing careerEdit

Mika Zibanedjad 2011 NHL entry draft

Zibanejad being selected sixth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Zibanejad began playing hockey at the age of six in Hammarby IF, where he played a total of seven seasons before the club became bankrupt in 2008.[1] He moved to AIK IF's youth organization for the following season where he began playing junior hockey. He was acquired by Djurgårdens IF for the 2009–10 season, to play in Djurgården's J18-team and J20-team. Zibanejad made his Elitserien debut on 7 December 2010 against Luleå HF,[2] and scored his first Elitserien goal on 15 January 2011 against Tuomas Tarkki of Modo Hockey.[3] He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 KHL Junior Draft by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 129th overall.[4] On 7 February 2011, Zibanejad signed a two-year contract extension with Djurgården.[5] Zibanejad became a regular player in the senior roster after his debut, playing in 26 of the remaining 29 games.[6] He scored five goals and nine points,[6] which put him third in points for players 18 or younger playing with the senior team, behind Fredrik Bremberg and Jacob Josefson.[5]

Ottawa SenatorsEdit

On July 13, 2011, Zibanejad signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators, the team that drafted him sixth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. [7]

Personal lifeEdit

Zibanejad was raised in Huddinge, Sweden.[8] Zibanejad's father is Iranian and his mother is Finnish.[9] His half-brother, Monir Kalgoum, is also an ice hockey player, who currently plays for Milton Keynes Lightning.[10][9] Zibanejad is the fifth player of Persian descent to play professional hockey, following in the footsteps of Daniel Rahimi, Rhett Rakhshani, Mark Ardelan, Monir Kalgoum, and Ryan Mior.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 142244
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 271292112 31230
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 265492 71122


  1. Bodin, Uffe (26 January 2011). Här är vårt nästa drafthopp (Swedish). Retrieved on 22 February 2011.
  2. Gustavsson, Sven. "Djurgårdens juniorer bjöd på show", 7 December 2010. Retrieved on 11 December 2010. (Swedish) 
  3. Lundin, Anders. "Djurgården skrämde övertidsspöket", 15 January 2011. Retrieved on 15 January 2011. (Swedish) 
  4. Robert, Pettersson. Svenskarna som gick i KHL-draften (Swedish). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mika Zibanejad klar för två år till i DIF (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved on 7 February 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mika Zibanejad (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved on 8 March 2011.
  8. Mika Zibanejad. NHL. Retrieved on 24 June 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Holm, Stefan. "(K)ungen av Globen", Aftonbladet, 26 February 2011. Retrieved on 5 March 2011. (Swedish) 
  10. Monir Kalgoum. Retrieved on 8 March 2011.

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Preceded by
Jared Cowen
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Stefan Noesen
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