Daniel Tjärnqvist

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Daniel Tjärnqvist
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Born (1976-10-14) October 14, 1976 (age 41)
Umeå, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Rögle
Djurgårdens IF
Atlanta Thrashers
Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Avalanche
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Kölner Haie
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1995
Florida Panthers
Playing career 1994–2015

Daniel Carl Tjärnqvist (born October 14, 1976) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche. His younger brother, Mathias, plays for his previous team, Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.

Playing career

Tjärnqvist is considered a smart player who plays safe and is a good two-way defenceman. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers as their fourth-round pick, 88th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft however never played a game for the team.

After four years with Djurgården in Swedish Elitserien, Tjärnqvist spent three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers in the National Hockey League; after the lockout he has played for the Minnesota Wild.

On July 6, 2006, Tjärnqvist signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.[1] Daniel established himself in the Oilers defense until he was beset with a pubic bone injury, missing the majority of the 2006–07 NHL season.[2] Tjärnqvist, a free agent, then spent the 2007–08 season in the Russian Super League reportedly signing with Ak Bars Kazan,[3] before formally signing a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

On July 3, 2008, with the option to remain in Russia, Tjärnqvist instead came back for a second stint in the NHL, signing a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[4] Tjärnqvist was used primarily as a reserve defenseman before succumbing to a concussion to end his 2008–09 campaign.[5]

On May 24, 2009, Tjärnqvist signed a one-year contract to return to Russia with previous team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL for the 2009–10 season.[6] Establishing himself as Lokomotiv's best defensive defender, he appeared in 54 games, notching 10 points and adding 3 more in Yaroslavl's run to the Western Conference finals. On June 18, 2010, he was re-signed by the KHL team to a further one-year deal.[7]

On June 27, 2011, Tjärnqvist returned to Djurgården in Swedish Elitserien signing a one plus one optional year contract.[8] As an Alternate captain with the club, he was primarily used as a stay at home defenseman and produced 14 points in 45 games during the 2011–12 season.

On May 12, 2012, Tjärnqvist opted not to extend his contract in Sweden and signed a one-year deal with German club, Kölner Haie, of the DEL.[9] Upon spending the 2014–15 season with Haie, Tjärnqvist sat out the following season as a free agent before announcing his retirement from professional hockey on June 1, 2016.[10]

Records

  • First Swedish player to win the SM-liiga (1997).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Rögle SEL 18 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Rögle SEL 22 1 7 8 6
1996–97 Jokerit SM-l 44 3 8 11 4 9 0 3 3 4
1997–98 Djurgårdens IF SEL 40 5 9 14 12 15 1 1 2 2
1998–99 Djurgårdens IF SEL 40 4 3 7 16 4 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Djurgårdens IF SEL 42 3 16 19 8 5 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Djurgårdens IF SEL 45 9 17 26 26 16 6 5 11 2
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 2 16 18 14
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 3 12 15 26
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 68 5 15 20 20
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 49 12 12 24 30 12 2 5 7 10
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 3 15 18 32
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 3 12 15 30
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 18 1 2 3 14 8 0 4 4 4
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 2 2 4 8
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 54 3 7 10 26 17 0 3 3 8
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 24 3 4 7 12 10 3 3 6 12
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF SEL 45 4 10 14 22
2012–13 Kölner Haie DEL 49 6 22 28 51 5 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Kölner Haie DEL 52 5 12 17 41 7 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Kölner Haie DEL 51 2 8 10 20
NHL totals 352 18 72 90 130

International

Medal record
Representing Sweden Sweden
Ice Hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Helsinki
Silver medal – second place 2004 Prague
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Cologne
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Gothenburg
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1996 Boston
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Alberta
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Sweden WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 0 0 0 2
1996 Sweden WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 2 2 4 0
2000 Sweden WC 7th 7 1 1 2 0
2001 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 0 6 6 6
2002 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 3 2 5 0
2003 Sweden WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 1 2 3 8
2004 Sweden WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 1 1 2 0
2004 Sweden WCH 5th 3 0 0 0 2
2006 Sweden OG 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 2 1 3 4
Junior totals 12 2 2 4 2
Senior totals 53 8 13 21 20

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ "Oilers obtain free-agent Daniel Tjarnqvist". oilers.nhl.com. 2006-07-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Tjarnqvist rejoins team, but will not play against Blue Jackets". slam.canoe.ca. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Tjarnqvist jumps to Russian League". canada.com. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche sign Tjarnqvist". The Hockey News. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Avs patch up ailing blueline". slam.canoe.ca. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  6. ^ "Swedish defender Tjärnqvist will play for Lokomotiv again". (in russian) rian.ru. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Tjärnqvist remains in Russia" (in Swedish). hockeysverige.se. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-07-28. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Daniel Tjärnqvist återvänder till DIF" [Daniel Tjärnqvist returns to DIF]. difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2011-06-27. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Olympian defender to Cologne Sharks" (in German). Kölner Haie. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  10. ^ "Olympic Star's tribute to Vannas HC". vk.se. 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 

External links

  • Daniel Tjärnqvist career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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