Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jan Mertzig
Big defenseman Jan Mertzig was selected in the 9th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, 235th overall.

Mertzig grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Huddinge and joined Huddinge IF of the Swedish Second Division at the age of 19 in 1989-90, playing eleven games and picking up one assist. He played another five years with the club, honing his defensive skills before moving up to the Elite Division with Lulea HF for the 1995-96 season where he had eight goals and 17 points in 38 games. His best offensive season came the next year when he scored 15 goals and 25 points in 47 games. Mertzig played one more season in Sweden before deciding to try his hand at the North American game.

In 1998-99, at the age of 28, Mertzig came to North America to play and dressed for 23 games with the New York Rangers, picking up two assists. He also spent 35 games in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack and five games with the Utah Grizzlies of the IHL.

Despite having tremendous size, Mertzig did not adjust well to the physical style of play on the smaller North American rinks and decided to return to his native Sweden the next year. In 199-00 he joined KAC Klagenfurt of the Austrian League, where he continues to play.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 6 0 1 1 2
1990-91 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 16 5 4 9 6
1991-92 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 13 0 4 4 8
1992-93 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 18 3 5 8 8
1993-94 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 18 4 4 8 12
1994-95 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 17 5 7 12 4
1995-96 Lulea HF Sweden 38 8 9 17 14 13 3 3 6 6
1996-97 Lulea HF Sweden 47 15 10 25 30 9 0 2 2 4
1997-98 Lulea HF Sweden 45 7 8 15 27 3 1 0 1 4
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 23 0 2 2 8 -5
1998-99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 35 3 2 5 14 -17
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 5 0 1 1 6 -6
1999-00 Klagenfurter AC IEHL 34 8 21 29 38
1999-00 Klagenfurter AC Austria 16 8 5 13 14
2000-01 Klagenfurter AC Austria 46 11 31 42 54
2001-02 Klagenfurter AC Austria 42 6 31 37 65
2002-03 Linkopings HC Sweden 28 0 6 6 34
2002-03 Hammarby IF Stockholm Sweden-2
NHL Totals 23 0 2 2 8


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