Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mattias Norstrom
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Mattias Norstrom excelled with the AIK Solna club where the New York Rangers noticed him. The Blueshirts chose him 48th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft after he helped the Sweden win the silver medal at the World Junior Championships. Norstrom played nine NHL games in 1993-94 but was in need of seasoning in the AHL.

After 118 games over two seasons with the Binghamton Rangers, the talented blueliner played the last nine games of the 1994-95 season with the big club. He started the next year with New York but was a key component of major deal with the Los Angeles Kings that included veteran snipers Jari Kurri and Ray Ferraro. Norstrom solidified the Los Angeles blueline upon his arrival and provided a powerful force on the left side of the blue line.

Since joining the blue-line in Los Angeles, Norstrom became one of the leagues most solid stay-at-home defenceman. In the 2001-2002 season, Norstrom was named Captain of the Los Angeles Kings after six seasons with the club.

In the 2006-07 season, the Los Angeles Kings would struggle yet again and a shake up was in the mix. With the club well-out of a playoff position they opted to trade Norstrom after 11 seasons with the club to the Dallas Stars. Norstrom finished off the 2006-07 season with the Stars and returned to the club for the 2007-08 season. After a strong regular season, Norstrom scored the game winning goal in the first OT game against the Sharks in the Western Conference semi-finals. However, the Stars lost out in the next round to the Detroit Red Wings, the eventual Stanley Cup Champion.

On June 10, 2008, Norström announced his retirement from hockey after over 900 career NHL games played.

Norstrom, who has been a durable player over the years has also made himself available to his country when called upon. He is a two-time member of Sweden's Olympic Team (1998 and 2002), six-time member of it's World Championship Team (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005) and two-time member of its World Cup Team (1996 and 2004).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Mora IK Sweden-2 9 1 1 2 6 1 0 0 0 2
1991-92 AIK Solna Sweden 39 4 3 7 28 3 0 2 2 2
1991-92 Sweden WJC-A 7 0 1 1 10
1992-93 AIK Solna Sweden 22 0 1 1 16
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 2 2 6 0
1993-94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 55 1 9 10 70
1994-95 Binghamton Rangers AHL 63 9 10 19 91
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 3 3 2 +2 3 0 0 0 0
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 25 2 1 3 22 +5
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 0 1 1 18 -8
1995-96 Sweden WC-A 6 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 4 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 1 21 22 84 -4
1996-97 Sweden WC-A 11 0 2 2 14
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 1 12 13 90 +14 4 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 2 5 7 36 -10
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 1 13 14 66 +22 4 0 0 0 6
1999-00 Sweden WC-A 6 0 1 1 8 +2
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 0 18 18 60 +10 13 0 2 2 18
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 2 9 11 38 -2 7 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Sweden Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 0 6 6 49 0
2002-03 Sweden WC-A 9 1 2 3 8 +6
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 1 13 14 44 -3
2004-05 Sweden W-Cup 4 0 0 0 0 -6
2004-05 AIK Solna Sweden-3 8 1 0 1 4
2004-05 Sweden WC-A 9 0 7 7 2 +4
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 4 23 27 58 -3
2005-06 Sweden Olympics
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 62 2 7 9 40 -20
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 14 0 2 2 8 +2 7 0 0 0 8
2007-08 Dallas Stars NHL 66 2 11 13 40 +3 18 2 3 5 16
NHL Totals 903 18 147 165 661 56 2 5 7 54


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1999, 2004) Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Ray Ferraro, Ian Laperriere, Nathan Lafayette and NY Rangers' 4th round pick (Sean Blanchard) in 1997 NHL Draft for Marty McSorley, Jari Kurri and Shane Churla, March 14, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Solna (Sweden-3), January 11, 2005. Traded to Dallas by Los Angeles with Konstantin Pushkarev and Los Angeles' 3rd (Sergei Korostin) and 4th (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Maxim Mayorov) round picks in 2007 NHL Draft for Jaroslav Modry, the rights to Johan Fransson, Dallas' 2nd (Oscar Moller) and 3rd (Bryan Cameron) round picks in 2007 NHL Draft and Dallas' 1st round pick (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Viktor Tikhonov) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 27, 2007.
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