Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pelle Eklund
Pelle Eklund was an eighth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, 161st overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Eklund grew up in Sweden and played with his country's national team before moving to North America in 1985. It's quite likely he went so low in the draft because teams were uncertain if he would leave his native country to play hockey.

In his rookie NHL season in 1985-86, Eklund played in 70 games, scoring 66 points, including 15 goals. The following year Eklund and the Flyers advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup finals but were defeated in a tough seven-game series by Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers.

Eklund played in at least 70 games in each of his first six years in Philadelphia, while playing in at least 50 games during his last two full seasons with the Flyers. Midway through the 1993-94 season, Eklund was dealt to the Dallas Stars where he played five games.

That marked the end of Eklund's NHL career. He chose to return to his own country to play for Leksands IF of the Swedish Elite league. He played five years with the team before retiring from professional hockey in the spring of 1999 at the age of 36.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Stocksunds IF Sweden-3 1 2 0 2 0
1979-80 Stocksunds IF Sweden-3 17 8 2 10
1980-81 Stocksunds IF Sweden-3 19 13 20 33
1980-81 Sweden EJC-A 4 0 0 0 4
1981-82 AIK Solna DN-Cup 4 1 0 1 0
1981-82 AIK Solna Sweden 23 2 3 5 2
1981-82 Sweden WJC-A 6 1 3 4 2
1982-83 AIK Solna Sweden 34 13 17 30 14 3 1 4 5 2
1982-83 Sweden WJC-A 7 5 1 6
1983-84 AIK Solna Sweden 35 9 18 27 24 6 6 6 12 2
1983-84 Sweden Olympics 7 2 6 8 0
1984-85 AIK Solna Sweden 35 16 33 49 10
1984-85 Sweden Can-Cup 8 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 4 6 2
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 15 51 66 12 -4 5 0 2 2 0
1985-86 Sweden WEC-A 4 2 1 3 4
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 14 41 55 2 -2 26 7 20 27 2
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 10 32 42 12 -6 7 0 3 3 0
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 18 51 69 23 +5 19 3 8 11 2
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 23 39 62 16 +7
1989-90 Sweden WEC-A 10 1 7 8 4
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 19 50 69 14 -2
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 10 1 3 4 2
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 7 16 23 4 0
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 11 38 49 16 +12
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 48 1 16 17 8 -1
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 5 2 1 3 2 -1 9 0 3 3 4
1994-95 Leksands IF Sweden 32 13 36 49 12 2 0 1 1 4
1994-95 Sweden WC-A 8 1 2 3 0
1995-96 Leksands IF Sweden 29 3 16 19 6 4 1 0 1 2
1995-96 Sweden WC-A 6 0 3 3 4
1996-97 Leksands IF Sweden 36 6 15 21 10 9 2 5 7 4
1997-98 Leksands IF Sweden 38 8 18 26 18 4 1 0 1 2
1998-99 Leksands IF Sweden 37 8 17 25 10 4 1 2 3 4
1998-99 Leksands IF EuroHL 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 594 120 335 455 109 66 10 36 46 8


Golden Puck Award as Swedish Player of the Year (1984)
Swedish Elite League All-Star Team (1984)
Traded to Dallas by Philadelphia for Dallas' 8th round choice (Raymond Giroux) in 1994 Entry Draft, March 21, 1994.