Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Niklas Kronwall
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 01/12/1981
AGE: 35
DRAFTED: DET: 2000-29 overall
Entering his seventh NHL season, all with Detroit …Played for Sweden at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games… Named to the All-Star Team at the 2005 World Championships ….Won his first Stanley Cup championship in 2008…Has recorded 24 career multi-point games.
Appeared in 48 games for Detroit…Missed 34 games with a knee injury (30 games from 11/23-1/23 and four games from 2/3-2/11)…Finished the season with 22 points (7-15—22), 32 PIM and a plus-5 rating…Tied a career-high with seven goals…Recorded his first career multi-goal game on 11/11 at Columbus…Played in the 300th game of his NHL career on 3/26 vs. Minnesota…Averaged 21:54 of ice time during the regular season…Registered 86 hits and 62 blocked shots in 48 regular season games…Played for Team Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver…Appeared in all 12 postseason games for Detroit…Recorded five points in the playoffs (0-5—5)…Finished third among Detroit defensemen with five postseason helpers…Averaged 23:15 of ice time during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Ranked second among Detroit defensemen with 18 postseason blocked shots and third with 19 postseason hits.

2008-09:  Appeared in a career high 80 games for Detroit…Missed one game due to illness and one game due to injury (ankle)…Set new career highs in assists (45), points (51), power-play goals (4) and shots on goal (121)…Finished 11th in scoring among NHL defensemen with 51 points (6-45—51)…Finished fifth on Detroit with 96 hits…Led team with 109 blocked shots…Appeared in his 200th career NHL game on 11/26 vs. Montreal…Recorded his 100th career NHL point on 2/7 vs. Edmonton…Recorded his 100th career assist on 3/15 vs. CBJ…Averaged 22:53 of ice time in regular season…Appeared in all 23 postseason games for Detroit…Finished postseason with nine points (2-7—9)…Led team with 33 postseason PIM…Averaged 23:23 of ice time in postseason…Recorded a career high seven shots on goal on 4/2 vs. STL…Led Detroit defensemen with 59 hits in the postseason…Led team with 36 blocked shots in postseason...Scored his first career postseason goal in Round 1, Game 1vs. CBJ on 4/16…Scored his first career Stanley Cup finals goal in Game 5 vs. PIT.

2007-08:  Appeared in 65 games….Set new career highs for goals (7), assists (28) and points (35)….Finished fifth among NHL defensemen at +25 ….Career high six game point streak 11/27 – 12/9 (1g, 5a)….Tied the franchise record for assists by a defenseman in one game with 4 vs. Los Angeles 12/19….Missed 13 games with a shoulder injury (2/1 – 2/28)….Had six multiple point games….Averaged 21:06 time on ice per game….Appeared in all 22 postseason games….Led all NHL defenseman in postseason scoring with 15 points (0-15—15)….Set a new Red Wings franchise record for assists by a defenseman in one postseason (15)….Tied for NHL postseason lead with Henrik Zetterberg at +16….Won his first Stanley Cup championship.

2006-07: Played a career high 67 games…Established career highs in assists (21) and points (22)…Skated in his 100th NHL game on 2/24 at Nashville…Posted a career high for points in consecutive games, collecting a point in five consecutive games from 1/4-1/11…Missed 14 games (10 due to a strained groin and four with a fractured sacrum)…Did not play in the postseason due to a fractured sacrum he suffered on 3/30 vs. Dallas.

2005-06: Missed the first 52 games of the season due to a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee…Played 27 games, while averaging 20:31 per game with a +11 rating…Had a minus rating only four times in 27 games…Notched his first career power-play goal 4/7/06 at Columbus…Registered two assists in his first game back in the lineup 2/1/06 vs. St. Louis…Won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Games….Played in all six of Detroit’s 2006 playoff games and tallied three assists.

2004-05: Represented Sweden in the 2005 World Championships (3-3--6 in 9 games)….Named to the All-Star Team at the World Championships, joining Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Marek Zidlicky and Tomas Vokoun….Had a strong 2004-05 year, leading the entire Grand Rapids squad in scoring with 53 points in 76 games (13-40--53)….He was the American Hockey League’s top scoring defensman and the first European-born player to win the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s best defenseman.

2003-04:  Began campaign with the Wings American Hockey League affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins before being called up to Detroit in December….Appeared in 20 games for the Red Wings (1-4--5) before suffering a fractured leg during warm-ups prior to a game vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 22, 2004 and missed the remainder of the season….Made NHL debut 12/10/03 at Buffalo.... Recorded first NHL point with an assist 12/13/03 at Washington on Pavel Datsyuk’s goal.... First career goal was a game-winning goal 1/14/04 vs. Chicago (Steve Passmore) in a 4-2 Detroit win.

Greatest hockey memories are winning a Gold Medal with Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Games and the Swedish Elite League in 2000 and 2001 (Djurgarden).... Lists Nicklas Lidstrom as his favorite NHL player growing up.