Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Patric Kjellberg
Patric Kjellberg was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1988 but spent the next three years playing professionally in his homeland of Sweden, and appeared in the 1992 Olympic Games before making the trip across the ocean.

Kjellberg joined the Canadiens farm club in Fredricton where he scored 10 goals and 37 points in 41 games. His impressive production earned him a seven games with the big team, but Kjellberg was unable to translate his scoring success in the American Hockey League to the NHL game despite directing seven shots on net. Though the Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup that spring, Kjellberg was back in the AHL by that point. At season's end, Kjellberg decided to return to Sweden to continue his career.

Over the next six seasons, Kjellberg played professionally in Sweden, but enjoyed his greatest success on the global stage. In 1994 he was part of the Swedish squad that captured the gold medal on Peter Forsberg's dramatic shoot-out goal at the Olympics, then added another gold medal at the 1998 World Championships. When the Nashville Predators joined the NHL as an expansion club for the 1998-99 season, they scoured Europe for players to improve the new team's depth and managed to lure Kjellberg back to the National Hockey League.

Kjellberg managed 11 goals and 31 points during the Predators inaugural season but settled in nicely during his second year with the club. He finished second on the club in points and goals when he fired home 23 markers and added just as many assists. His goal production dipped to 14 the next year, but his point total remained almost the same with 45, which was good for third on the team. Despite his success, his career in Nashville hit a road bump during is fourth season. The development of young rookie Scott Hartnell coupled with a slow start by Kjellberg led to his trade to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Unfortunately the change of scenery didn't help Kjellberg get his game back on track. In 65 games with the Ducks, he was only able to score seven goals and 15 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Falu IF Sweden-2 5 0 2 2 0
1986-87 Falu IF Sweden-2 32 11 13 24 16
1986-87 Sweden EJC-A 7 8 3 11 2
1987-88 Falu IF Sweden-2 29 15 10 25 6
1988-89 AIK Solna Sweden 25 7 9 16 8
1988-89 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 4 7 4
1989-90 AIK Solna Sweden 33 8 16 24 6 3 1 0 1 0
1990-91 AIK Solna Sweden 38 4 11 15 18
1991-92 AIK Solna Sweden 40 20 13 33 14 3 1 0 1 2
1991-92 Sweden Olympics 8 1 3 4 0
1991-92 Sweden WC-A 8 2 2 4 2
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 0 0 2 -3
1992-93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 41 10 27 37 14 5 2 2 4 0
1993-94 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 40 11 17 28 18
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 8 0 1 1 2
1994-95 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 29 5 15 20 12
1995-96 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 40 9 7 16 10 4 0 2 2 2
1996-97 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 49 29 11 40 18 4 2 3 5 4
1997-98 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 46 30 18 48 16 15 7 3 10 12
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 71 11 20 31 24 -13
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 82 23 23 46 14 -11
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 81 14 31 45 12 -2
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 12 1 3 4 6 -3
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 65 7 8 15 10 -9
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 76 8 11 19 16 -9 10 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 394 64 96 160 84 10 0 0 0 0


EJC-A All-Star Team (1987) Signed as a free agent by Nashville, June 27, 1998. Traded to Anaheim by Nashville for Petr Tenkrat, November 1, 2001. Officially announced his retirement, June 6, 2003.
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