Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Leif Svensson
Defenseman Leif Svensson spent parts of two seasons with the Washington Capitals in the late 70s. He was a fine playmaker and solid positional defender who was best known as a domestic stalwart in his native Sweden.

Born in Harnosand, Sweden, Svensson played with Nacka and Sodertalje before moving up to Stockholm's powerful Djurgardens club. In June, 1978 he was signed as a free agent by the Caps then scored 31 points and recorded a solid -3 plus/minus rating as a rookie. He then helped the Swedes win the bronze medal at the World Championships before returning to Washington for one more year. Svensson retired in 1982 after playing two years with Djurgardens.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Nacka HK Sweden-2 6 2 2 4 6
1971-72 Nacka HK Sweden-2 7 1 5 6 6
1972-73 Sodertalje SK Sweden 4 0 0 0 0 14 5 1 6 14
1973-74 Sodertalje SK Sweden 14 8 4 12 8
1974-75 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 28 2 6 8 30
1974-75 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden-Q 6 0 1 1 6
1975-76 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 36 5 15 20 48
1976-77 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 31 7 15 22
1977-78 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 29 2 7 9 34
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 74 2 29 31 28 -3
1978-79 Sweden WEC-A 8 0 0 0 6
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 47 4 11 15 21 -10
1980-81 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 18 1 2 3 20
1981-82 Djurgardens IF Stockholm DN-Cup 4 1 1 2
1981-82 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 18 2 3 5 28
NHL Totals 121 6 40 46 49


Signed as a free agent by Washington, June 10, 1978.
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