Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anders Eldebrink
Anders Eldebrink wasn't a big man physically, but many considered him a giant among hockey players. His strength and powerful shooting ability contributed to many victories for his local team, Sodertalje, and Sweden's national team. Although Eldebrink wasn't voted best defenseman at the 1987 World Championship in Vienna, at the farewell party at city hall in honor of Tre Kronor's first victory in 25 years, Russian player Viacheslav Fetisov told him he was, in his opinion, the tournament's best defenseman. That assessment meant more to Eldebrink than many of his other honors.

In Sweden, many still believe that Eldebrink was the country's top defenseman during the 1980s. In the 1987-88 season, he won Olympic bronze in Calgary, where he was the Swedish team's best scorer, and placed third in the Canada Cup. Then he played 27 games for Tre Kronor, scoring 10 goals plus 11 assists, an achievement as good as any forward's. In the 1988-89 season, he was the first Swedish player to be awarded the Golden Helmet prize established by Hockey magazine to honor the most valuable player of the Elite Series, Sweden's major league. He played his 100th game on the national team against the USSR on August 29 of that year in Calgary, where Sweden won 5-3.

Eldebrink was a defenseman with brilliant shooting technique combined with an instant readiness to back his forward on offense and to make an accurate and timely pass. He stands 123rd on the list of Swedish "Great Men" and remains loyal to his local team, Sodertalje. The team had been experiencing a slump and team managers asked Eldebrink to stay on a little longer. Eldebrink, who started playing hockey when he was 10 years old, continued to play until he turned 40 in the late 1990s. He was both a mentor and an inspiration to younger players. Although considered a great player in Sweden, Eldebrink didn't meet with much success in the NHL. Between 1981 and 1983, he played with the Vancouver Canucks, the Quebec Nordiques and the Fredericton Express before returning to Sweden.

Eldebrink has won gold once and silver twice at the world level and one Olympic bronze. He placed both second and third in Canada Cup tournaments. In 1985, while playing for Sodertalje, he won the Swedish national championship. These statistics may not seem as impressive as others, but Eldebrink has earned his place among hockey's greats by his long-standing commitment and loyalty to the game. Swedish coach Tommy Sandlin considered him the world's best defenseman and honored Eldebrink by including him on the national team many times.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Sodertalje SK Sweden 2 0 0 0 2
1977-78 Sodertalje SK Sweden 27 4 2 6 14
1978-79 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 36 8 10 18 40 9 3 5 8 8
1979-80 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 35 15 11 26 16
1980-81 Sodertalje SK Sweden 36 5 18 23 37
1980-81 Sweden WEC-A 8 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 38 1 8 9 21 -2 13 0 0 0 10
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 1 1 2 0 -1
1982-83 Fredericton Express AHL 47 7 26 33 14 12 2 11 13 0
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 12 1 2 3 8 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Sodertalje SK Sweden 36 10 17 27 40 3 3 0 3 2
1984-85 Sweden Can-Cup 8 0 4 4 6
1984-85 Sodertalje SK Sweden 34 10 12 22 20 8 2 6 8 14
1984-85 Sweden WEC-A 8 2 1 3 18
1985-86 Sodertalje SK Sweden 34 13 16 29 30 7 4 2 6 8
1985-86 Sweden WEC-A 7 1 0 1 6
1986-87 Sodertalje SK Sweden 31 11 15 26 40
1986-87 Sweden WEC-A 10 3 2 5 4
1987-88 Sweden Can-Cup 6 1 2 3 4
1987-88 Sodertalje SK Sweden 40 12 18 30 54 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Sweden Olympics 8 4 6 10 4
1988-89 Sodertalje SK Sweden 38 13 22 35 42 5 5 3 8 10
1988-89 Sweden WEC-A 9 5 3 8 2
1989-90 Sodertalje SK Sweden 39 10 20 30 32 2 0 1 1 8
1989-90 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 5 7 10
1990-91 EHC Kloten Swiss 34 15 23 38 10 1 6 7
1991-92 EHC Kloten Swiss 38 16 17 33 22
1992-93 EHC Kloten Swiss 36 14 26 40 65 11 3 8 11 2
1993-94 EHC Kloten Swiss 36 14 29 43 18 12 4 8 12 14
1994-95 EHC Kloten Swiss 25 8 16 24 16 12 1 10 11 10
1995-96 Sodertalje SK Sweden-2 32 9 11 20 28 4 2 3 5 4
1996-97 EHC Kloten Swiss 39 10 13 23 22
1997-98 Sodertalje SK Sweden 42 8 11 19 28
NHL Totals 55 3 11 14 29 14 0 0 0 10


Swedish World All-Star Team (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989)
Golden Puck Award as Swedish Player of the Year (1985)
Golden Helmet Award (Player's pick MVP) in Swedish Elite League (1988, 1989)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1989)
Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, May 18, 1981. Traded to Quebec by Vancouver for John Garrett, February 4, 1983.
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