Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Thommie Bergman
Swedish defenceman Thommie Bergman caused a stir in the NHL when he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings in March 1972. His arrival ushered in a new era as the NHL and WHA began to look to Sweden and Finland for talent in the early 1970s. The talented blueliner was solid at both ends of the ice and enjoyed success in the NHL with the Wings and in the WHA with the Winnipeg Jets.

Born in Munkfors, Sweden, Bergman excelled on the Sodertalje and Vastra Frolunda clubs and represented his country at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics and the World Championships in 1971 and 1972. He scored 21 points on the improved Red Wings in 1972-73 before battling injuries and thugs over the next two seasons. He sought a more appealing style of hockey in the WHA with the speedy Winnipeg Jets.

Bergman thrived on the Jets' blueline for three and a half years and played for Sweden at the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976. He re-signed with Detroit in March 1978 and joined the club in time for its playoff match-up against the powerful Montreal Canadiens. He scored a personal high 27 points in 1978-79 but only played 28 games the following season. Bergman retired in 1981 after playing one last year in Sweden with Vastra Frolunda.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-1968 KB Karlskoga Sweden-2
1968-69 KB Karlskoga/Bofors Sweden 20 4 2 6 22
1969-70 Sodertalje SK Sweden 14 5 4 9 2 14 4 2 6 12
1970-71 Sodertalje SK Sweden 12 8 2 10 18 14 3 6 9 14
1970-71 Sweden WEC-A 10 1 0 1 4
1971-72 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 26 9 9 18 36 8 2 4 6 8
1971-72 Sweden Olympics 5 1 1 2 10
1971-72 Sweden WEC-A 8 2 4 6 8
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 9 12 21 70 +6
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 0 3 3 21 -15
1973-74 Virginia Wings AHL 8 0 3 3 9
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18 0 1 1 27 -7
1974-75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 49 4 15 19 70
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 81 11 30 41 111 13 3 10 13 8
1976-77 Sweden Can-Cup 3 0 2 2 6
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 42 2 24 26 37
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 62 5 28 33 43
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 1 6 7 16 +1 7 0 2 2 2
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 10 17 27 64 -25
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 28 1 5 6 45 +4
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 15 0 2 2 7
1980-81 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 33 9 8 17 101 2 0 0 0 4
1981-82 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 27 11 12 23 73
1982-83 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 20 9 7 16 44
NHL Totals 246 21 44 65 243 7 0 2 2 2


Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 31, 1972. Traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by Detroit for cash, December, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, March 16, 1978.
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