Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Daniel Tjarnqvist
Daniel Tjarnqvist was born October 14, 1976 in Umea, Sweden. The 4th choice, 88th overall selection of the Florida Panthers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Tjarnqvist has spent the majority of his early career in Europe, playing for Djurgardens in the Swedish Elite League.

The defenseman from Umea, Sweden spent four seasons with Djurgardens leading all league defensemen with eleven points in 16 playoff games in 2000-01 and scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute of overtime in the final game of the 2000-01 season to give Djurgardens the Swedish Elite League playoff championship. Prior to joining Djurgardens, Tjarnqvist helped Jokerit Helsinki capture the Finnish Elite League Championship in 1996-97 and spent two seasons with Rogle BK in the Swedish Elite and Junior League's.

On the international stage Tjarnqvist led Sweden to the bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships, played for Team Sweden at the 2000 World Championships, helped Sweden capture the silver medal at the 1996 World Junior Championships and a bronze medal at the 1995 World Junior Championships while leading Team Sweden to the gold medal at the Junior European Championships in 1994.

Having never played a single game for the Panthers organization, Tjarnqvist was dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 1999. In his first NHL season with the Thrashers in 2001-02 Tjarnqvist led all NHL rookies in shifts per game (26,9), was second in ice time per game (21,31), shared the lead among all rookie defensemen in points (18) and topped all rookie defensemen in assists with (16). Over the course of the next two seasons, Tjarnqvist continued his strong play on the Thrashers blue line and made his third appearance at the Worlds in 2004, helping Sweden capture a silver medal.

In the Summer of 2005, Tjarnqvist signed with the Minnesota Wild where he would compete for 60 games with the club. In the Summer of 2006, Tjarnqvist was signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers.

In the 2006-06 season, Tjarnqvist would appear for both the Dallas Stars and the team's AHL affiliate in Iowa before being dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes just prior to the NHL trading deadline. Following a season in Minnesota the defenceman would be signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers on July 6, 2006.

Aside from his World Championship experience, Tjarnqvist won a gold medal representing his homeland at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Rogle BK Angelholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 7 1 0 1 0
1993-94 Rogle BK Angelholm U18 Swe-U18
1993-94 Sweden EJC-A 5 2 1 3 0
1994-95 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 18 0 1 1 2
1994-95 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-Q 15 2 3 5 0
1994-95 Sweden WJC-A 7 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 22 1 7 8 6
1995-96 Sweden WJC-A 5 2 2 4 0
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 44 3 8 11 4 9 0 3 3 4
1996-97 Jokerit Helsinki EuroHL 6 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 40 5 9 14 12 15 1 1 2 2
1998-99 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 40 4 3 7 16 4 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 42 3 16 19 8 5 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Sweden WC-A 7 1 1 2 0 +1
2000-01 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 45 9 17 26 26 16 6 5 11 2
2000-01 Sweden WC-A 9 0 6 6 6 +12
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 2 16 18 14 -22
2001-02 Sweden WC-A 9 3 2 5 0 +5
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 3 12 15 26 -20
2002-03 Sweden WC-A 8 1 2 3 8 +1
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 68 5 15 20 20 -4
2003-04 Sweden WC-A 9 1 1 2 0 -1
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 3 0 0 0 2 0
2004-05 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 49 12 12 24 30 12 2 5 7 10
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 3 15 18 32 -11
2005-06 Sweden Olympics 8 2 1 3 4 +2
2006-07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 3 12 15 30 +3
2007-08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 18 1 2 3 14 8 0 4 4 4
2008-09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 2 2 4 8 +1
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 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 45 4 10 14 22
2011-12 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden-Q 10 3 2 5 6
NHL Totals 352 18 72 90 130


Traded to Atlanta by Florida with Gord Murphy, Herbert Vasiljevs and Ottawa's 6th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Justin Cox) in 1999 NHL Draft for Trevor Kidd, June 25, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 16, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, August 15, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 6, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to recurring groin injury. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), August 23, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 3, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), July 23, 2009.
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