Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kenny Jonsson
Born in Angelholm, Sweden, Jonsson played parts of four seasons with the Rogle BK club and helped the team gain promotion from Division 2 in 1991-92.

Following the 1992-93 season Jonsson was selected 12th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the NHL Entry Draft. That summer he was also named the Rookie-of-the-Year in the Swedish Elite Division. As a teenager he also represented Sweden at the World Junior Championships in 1993 and 1994. He was chosen the tournament's top blueliner in 1994. During the 1993-94 season he also helped his country win the gold medal at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics and suited up for Sweden at the World Championships a few weeks later.

Jonsson joined the Maple Leafs in 1994-95. After a tentative beginning, he looked stronger and took on more responsibility after an injury sidelined veteran Dave Ellett for part of the season. He showed enough potential at both ends of the ice to earn a place on the NHL All-Rookie Team.

The next year he scored 26 points in the first 50 games of the season but was missed several weeks with a separated shoulder. When his health returned he was included in the package sent to the New York Islander to reacquire forward Wendel Clark. After the initial shock of being traded, Jonsson settled in with his new team and later played for Sweden in the 1996 World Championships and the inaugural World Cup of Hockey later that fall.

Beginning in 1996-97, Jonsson became a team leader for the Islanders and set a career high with 40 points the next season. In 1997-98 his importance to the team was illustrated by his third overall ranking in average shifts per game among NHL defencemen (28.89). A member of Sweden's Olympic Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Jonsson continued to be a solid two-way defender and leader of the young Islanders as they reached the post-season in 2001-02 for the first time since 1993-94 season.

In 2003-04, Jonsson entered his eighth season with the Islanders and in the spring of 2005 suited up for his homeland at the World Championships.

Jonsson returned to Rogle in Sweden as he signed as a free agent with the club in the summer of 2004.

Jonsson represented his homeland at the 2006 Winter Olympics and captured his first Olympic Gold-Medal.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-2 30 4 11 15 24 5 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Sweden EJC-A 6 1 2 3 10
1992-93 Rogle BK Angelholm Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 1 2 3 25
1992-93 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 39 3 10 13 42
1992-93 Sweden WJC-A 7 2 3 5 14
1993-94 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 36 4 13 17 40 3 1 1 2 2
1993-94 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 5 8 8
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 3 1 0 1 0
1993-94 Sweden WC-A 7 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 8 3 1 4 20
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 10 2 5 7 2
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 2 7 9 16 -8 4 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 4 22 26 22 +12
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 16 0 4 4 10 -5
1995-96 Sweden WC-A 6 0 1 1 8
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 1 0 0 0 4
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 81 3 18 21 24 +10
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 81 14 26 40 58 -2
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 63 8 18 26 34 -18
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 65 1 24 25 32 -15
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 65 8 21 29 30 -22
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 76 10 22 32 26 +15 5 1 2 3 4
2001-02 Sweden Olympics 3 1 0 1 2 +1
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 71 8 18 26 24 -8 5 0 1 1 0
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 79 5 24 29 22 +25 5 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-2 11 3 7 10 12 2 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Sweden WC-A 6 2 2 4 0 +3
2005-06 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-2 37 8 15 23 73
2005-06 Sweden Olympics 8 0 4 4 4 0
2005-06 Sweden WC-A 9 3 3 6 6 +3
2006-07 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-2 24 5 19 24 20
2006-07 Sweden WC-A 7 1 0 1 4
2007-08 Sweden WC-A 5 2 4 6 2 +3
2008-09 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 47 6 24 30 26
2008-09 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-Q 10 1 4 5 14
2008-09 Sweden WC-A 9 3 4 7 2 +13
NHL Totals 686 63 204 267 298 19 1 3 4 6


Brother of Jorgen
WJC-A All-Star Team (1993, 1994)
Swedish Elite League - Rookie of the Year Award (1993)
Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1994)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1995) Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Best Defenseman - Olympics (2006)
Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto with Sean Haggerty, Darby Hendrickson and Toronto's 1st round pick (Roberto Luongo) in 1997 NHL Draft for Wendel Clark, Mathieu Schneider and D.J. Smith, March 13, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Rogle (Sweden-2), December 20, 2004. Officially anounced his retirement, June 20, 2009.
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