Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Arto Blomsten
Not many young hockey players are mature enough to play pro hockey at the age of 18, and especially defense, but 6'4" Arto Blomsten was one of the exceptions. He earned a full-time roster spot with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Elite League. In 1985 he played for Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships.

While playing with Djurgardens, NHL scouts noticed the big defender and although he lacked goal-scoring prowess and seemed to play rather soft for a man of his size, it was felt he could be molded into a more aggressive North American-style defenseman. The Winnipeg Jets had a long history of selecting excellent talent from European Leagues, especially Sweden, and they felt they had found a diamond in the rough with Blomsten when they found him still available in the 12th round, 239th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Some claim he was drafted so late due to his age at the time, 21, but others said there were concerns over his lack of speed and aggressiveness.

The Winnipeg Jets waited seven long years for Blomsten who preferred to remain with Djurgardens in Sweden. He was eventually convinced to give the NHL a try in 1993. It's safe to say the Jets wished they hadn't waited. More times than not he looked awkward and slow and he seemed to back down when the going got rough, which was quite often. After just 19 games with the Jets, they gave up on Blomsten and traded him to the Los Angeles Kings where he lasted just six games.

The NHL style is not for many players, especially those who prefer a more wide-open, less physical brand of play. Blomsten came to that realization and returned to Sweden where he played until 2000, retiring as a member of Vasteras IK.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 3 0 0 0 4
1984-85 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 19 3 1 4 22 8 0 0 0 8
1984-85 Sweden WJC-A 6 0 0 0 6
1985-86 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 8 0 3 3 6
1986-87 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 29 2 4 6 28
1987-88 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 39 12 6 18 36 2 1 0 1 0
1988-89 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 40 10 9 19 38
1989-90 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 36 5 21 26 28 8 0 1 1 6
1990-91 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 38 2 9 11 38 7 2 1 3 12
1991-92 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 39 6 8 14 34 10 2 0 2 8
1991-92 Sweden WC-A 8 4 0 4 6
1992-93 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 40 4 16 20 52
1992-93 Sweden WC-A 8 0 0 0 16
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 18 0 2 2 6 -6
1993-94 Moncton Hawks AHL 44 6 27 33 25 20 4 10 14 8
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1994-95 Springfield Indians AHL 27 3 16 19 20
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 0 +2
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 2 1 2 3 0 8 3 6 9 6
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 2 0 1 1 0 +1
1995-96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 47 4 15 19 10 4 0 4 4 2
1996-97 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 41 4 10 14 45 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg EuroHL 4 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 24 3 1 4 18 7 0 0 0 10
1998-99 Vasteras IK Sweden 9 0 1 1 6
1998-99 Vasteras IK Sweden 47 2 2 4 42
1999-00 Vasteras IK Sweden 11 0 0 0 6
NHL Totals 25 0 4 4 8


Traded to Los Angeles by Winnipeg for Los Angeles' 8th round pick (Fredrik Loven) in 1995 NHL Draft, March 27, 1995.
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