Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Magnus Svensson
With only one minute and 49 seconds left in the final game between Sweden and Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, the Canadians were leading 2-1. Everyone watching the game in the stadium and on television was sure the Canadian would win-everyone except defenseman Magnus Svensson, wearing the yellow and blue jersey of Sweden, who tied the score with a powerful shot from the blue line and added his name to the list of Olympic gold medalists who played hockey for Sweden. Sweden was even luckier in the shootout that followed, with Svensson scoring on a penalty shot.

Svensson played at the top of his game during his entire hockey career - a fearless, tough performer who played by the rules. A defenseman who loved the feel of scoring a goal, the 19-year-old rookie began his career as a forward with Leksand in 1982. In a game against Bjorloven on October 3, 1983, he scored his first goal in Sweden's national Elite Series. A year later, on December 11, 1984, in an exhibition game against Norway in Oslo, Svensson made his debut with Sweden and scored his first goal at the international level. However, he had to wait another three years to make his first appearance in a World Championship, in Vienna in 1987. He played only two games but shared the gold won by Sweden after a 25-year hiatus.

The 1990 World Championship in Switzerland was memorable for "Sigge," as he was nicknamed by fans. The defenseman scored his first goal in a World Championship in the game against Norway on April 17 in Fribourg and played out the tournament as a forward, a position he hadn't filled in some time. Sweden came in second, and Svensson was invited to play for Switzerland's Lugano, where he spent a year before returning to Leksand. Then came the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer and Svensson's famous goal. Lady luck smiled on Svensson once again in 1994. At the World Championship in Italy, Sweden won the bronze and, with eight goals to his credit, Svensson was named best defenseman of the tournament.

Svensson however could not translate his international prowess into NHL success. He managed only sporadic duty with the Florida Panthers during the mid 1990s.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Tranas AIF Sweden-2 16 0 1 1 6
1981-1983 Tranas AIF Sweden-3
1983-84 Leksands IF Sweden 35 3 8 11 20
1984-85 Leksands IF Sweden 35 8 7 15 22
1985-86 Leksands IF Sweden 36 6 9 15 62
1986-87 Leksands IF Sweden 33 8 16 24 42
1986-87 Sweden WEC-A 2 0 0 0 4
1987-88 Leksands IF Sweden 40 12 11 23 20 3 0 0 0 8
1988-89 Leksands IF Sweden 39 15 22 37 40 9 3 5 8 8
1989-90 Leksands IF Sweden 26 11 12 23 60 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 1 3 8
1990-91 HC Lugano Swiss 33 16 20 36 74 11 2 3 5
1991-92 Leksands IF Sweden 22 4 10 14 32
1991-92 Leksands IF Sweden-Q 18 8 8 16 28 11 7 4 11 22
1992-93 Leksands IF Sweden 37 10 17 27 36 2 0 2 2 0
1993-94 Leksands IF Sweden 39 13 16 29 22 4 3 1 4 0
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 7 4 1 5 6
1993-94 Sweden WC-A 8 8 1 9 8
1994-95 HC Davos Swiss 35 8 25 33 46 5 2 2 4 8
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 19 2 5 7 10 +5
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 27 2 9 11 21 -1
1996-97 Leksands IF Sweden 45 8 17 25 62 9 1 2 3 35
1996-97 Sweden WC-A 10 0 6 6 16
1997-98 Leksands IF Sweden 42 2 23 25 52 4 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Leksands IF EuroHL 6 2 2 4 18
1998-99 Leksands IF Sweden 48 11 24 35 70 4 1 1 2 2
1998-99 Leksands IF EuroHL 6 4 1 5 10 2 0 0 0 2
1999-00 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 42 7 25 32 44 6 1 2 3 8
2000-01 Leksands IF Sweden 50 4 6 10 52
2001-02 Leksands IF Sweden-2 39 3 14 17 30 8 0 7 7 2
NHL Totals 46 4 14 18 31


Swedish World All-Star Team (1994)
WC-A All-Star Team (1994)
Best Defenseman at WC-A (1994)
Traded to Florida by Calgary with Robert Svehla for Florida's 3rd round pick (Dmitri Vlasenkov) in 1996 NHL Draft and cash, September 29, 1994.
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