Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson was born June 6, 1987 in Eksjo, Sweden. The fourth round, 108th overall selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Hjalmarsson honed his skills with HV 71 Jonkoping over four seasons before he made his North American arrival.

An offensive defenseman, Hjalmarsson made his professional hockey debut in 2007-08, splitting the season between the Blackhawks and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. H appeared in 47 regular-season contests with Rockford, registering nine assists, 13 points and was ranked fourth among the club's defenseman in scoring.

On the international stage, Hjalmarsson represented his homeland at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

The 2009-10 season would be the first full NHL season for Hjalmarsson and it ended triumphantly for he and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961.

Hjalmarsson and the Blackhawks would return to their championship-calibre play during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, rolling through the NHL's regular season and capturing the Presidents' Trophy.

The playoffs were more of the same and though pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, the Blackhawks would prevail and eventually earn the fifth Stanley Cup title in franchise history, the second in Hjalmarsson's career.

After being knocked out in the Western Conference Finals by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings in 2014, the Hjalmarsson would return to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 with the Blackhawks where they would defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. This would make three Stanley Cups in six years for Hjalmarsson and the Blackhawks.

After ten seasons with the Blackhawks, Hjalmarsson's time in Chicago would come to an end. He was traded to the Arizona Coyotes on June 23, 2017, in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

On the international stage, Hjalmarsson helped his native Sweden to the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 HV 71 Jonkoping Jr. Swe-Jr. 15 1 3 4 14 2 0 0 0 8
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping U18 Swe-U18 3 0 2 2 4
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Jr. Swe-Jr. 31 4 11 15 87
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 14 0 0 0 0
2005-06 HV 71 Jonkoping Jr. Swe-Jr. 7 3 2 5 12
2005-06 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 4 1 2 3 0 12 0 1 1 4
2006-07 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 37 2 0 2 24 14 1 1 2 0
2006-07 HV 71 Jonkoping Jr. Swe-Jr. 7 0 2 2 14
2006-07 IK Oskarshamn Sweden-2 8 1 2 3 6
2006-07 Sweden WJC-A 7 2 1 3 4
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 0 1 1 13 -2
2007-08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 47 4 9 13 31 -8 12 0 4 4 8
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 1 2 3 0 +4 17 0 1 1 6
2008-09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 52 2 16 18 53 +12
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 2 15 17 20 +9 22 1 7 8 6
2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 3 7 10 39 +13 7 0 2 2 2
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 1 14 15 14 +9 6 0 1 1 4
2011-12 Slovakia WC-A 8 0 3 3 2 0
2012-13 HC Bolzano Italy 18 6 16 22 8
2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 46 2 8 10 22 +15 23 0 5 5 4
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 4 22 26 34 +11 19 0 4 4 14
2013-14 Sweden Olympics 6 0 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 3 16 19 44 +25 23 1 5 6 8
2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 2 22 24 32 +13 7 0 1 1 0
2016-17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 5 13 18 20 +12 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 623 23 120 143 238 128 2 26 28 46


Signed as a free agent by Bolzano (Italy), November 8, 2012. Traded to Arizona by Chicago for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin, June 23, 2017.
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