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Pelle Lindbergh
Pelle Lindbergh
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
Teams NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
AHL
Maine Mariners
Springfield Indians
Nationality SWE
Born May 24, 1959,
Stockholm, SWE
Died November 11 1985 (aged 26),
Somerdale, NJ, U.S.
NHL Draft 35th overall, 1979
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 1980 – 1985

Göran Per-Eric "Pelle" Lindbergh ( May 24, 1959 in Stockholm, Sweden – November 11, 1985 in Somerdale, New Jersey, United States) was a Swedish professional goaltender who played parts of five seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing careerEdit

Having gained fame while playing for local team Hammarby in his youth, and especially making his debut in the highest Swedish hockey league with AIK (Stockholm) leading him to the Swedish National Team in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Lindbergh set his sights on the North American game. Lindbergh owns the distinction of being the goaltender on the only team which did not lose to the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 1980 Olympics, as his Team Sweden and Team USA played to a 2-2 tie in the first game of the tournament. After being drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft (2nd round, 35th overall), he started out his North American career during the 1980–81 season by playing a couple seasons for the Maine Mariners of the AHL before playing his first games for the Flyers in 1981–82. In 1982–83, he was named goalie of the NHL All-Rookie Team. He led the NHL with 40 victories during the 1984–85 season and won the Vezina Trophy, the first European goaltender to do so in NHL history. That same year, he was also named a First Team All-Star.

DeathEdit

On November 10, 1985, he drove his car into a wall in front of a New Jersey, elementary school, fatally injuring himself and also injuring two others. Lindbergh died the next day, November 11.

Lindbergh topped the fan voting for the 1986 NHL All-Star Game. It would mark the first time a player was chosen posthumously for an all-star team in a major North American team sport.

Though his number 31 was never officially retired by the Flyers, no Flyer has worn the number 31 since Lindbergh's death.


AwardsEdit

The Philadelphia Flyers named an award, the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial, in his honor. Since 1993–94, it has been annually awarded to the most improved player on the team.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 51 31 14 5 3035 165 1 3.23
1981–82 Maine Mariners AHL 25 17 7 2 1505 83 0 3.31
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 2 4 2 480 35 0 4.38
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 23 13 3 2333 116 3 2.98
1983–84 Springfield Indians AHL 4 4 0 0 240 12 0 3.00
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 36 16 13 3 1999 135 1 4.05
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 40 17 7 3858 194 2 3.02
1985–86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 6 2 0 480 23 1 2.88
NHL totals 157 87 49 15 9151 503 7 3.30
AHL totals 80 52 21 7 4780 260 1 3.26

Post seasonEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 20 10 7 0 1120 66 0 3.54
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 3 0 180 18 0 6.00
1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 0 26 3 0 6.92
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 12 6 0 1008 42 3 2.50
NHL totals 23 12 10 0 9151 63 3 3.11
AHL totals 20 10 7 0 1120 66 0 3.54


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Preceded by
None
Winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy
1985
Succeeded by
Mark Howe
Preceded by
Tom Barrasso
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1985
Succeeded by
John Vanbiesbrouck
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