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P. J. Axelsson
PJ Axelsson
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) P. J., Pebben, Axe
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
184 lb (84 kg)
SEL Team
F. Teams
Frölunda HC
Boston Bruins
Born February 26 1975 (1975-02-26) (age 41),
Kungälv, Sweden
NHL Draft 177th overall, 1995
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 1993 – present


Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 2006 Turin Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2004 Team
Silver 2003 Team
Bronze 2002 Team
Bronze 2001 Team

Anders Per-Johan Axelsson (born February 26, 1975), commonly abbreviated to P. J. Axelsson, is a Swedish professional ice hockey player with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien. His nickname in Sweden is "Pebben". He was the longest-tenured Bruin at the time of his departure from the NHL, having been with the Boston team from 19972009.

Axelsson plays as a left winger. Although he hasn't gained the reputation of a premier goal scorer, Axelsson's gritty, unrelenting attitude as a solid, defensive-minded forward, and his ability to make smart plays on the ice, has made him a fan favourite of the Boston Bruins, Frölunda HC, and the Swedish national team, Tre Kronor.

Playing careerEdit

Axelsson played four seasons for his hometown team, Frölunda HC, in the Swedish Elitserien before being drafted 177th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.

Axelsson played all 82 games in his rookie season with the Bruins, helping them to reach the playoffs after the Bruins had missed out the previous two seasons. He has since become one of the Bruins' key skill players.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Axelsson played for Frölunda HC in Sweden and helped the team become the champion of Elitserien. After the lockout, he returned to the United States to rejoin the Bruins. He won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

On March 23, 2006, he signed a three year extension to his contract with the Boston Bruins.

On February 21, 2008, Axelsson played his 700th NHL game, in Sunrise, Florida, a 5–4 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.

After helping the Bruins to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2008-09 NHL season, Axelsson signed a four year contract with Frölunda HC on July 27, 2009. Upon his return, he was named as one of two alternate captains for the team.

Career achievementsEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Elitserien record for most assists in playoffs (10)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 110004 40000
1994–95 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 82136
1995–96 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 361552010 1330310
1996–97 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 5019153434 30220
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 828192738 61010
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 777101718 121124
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 8110162624
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 818152327
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 787172416 62136
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 6617193624 50006
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 787172416 62136
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 33491383 141101118
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 591018284
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 5511162752
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 7513162915 70002
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 756243016 110112
SEL totals 150453075149 384121628
NHL totals 797103184287276 5443724


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