Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jonas Bergqvist
Bergqvist made his professional debut with Tre Kronor in December 1984 in a game against the national team of Norway in which the Swedes trounced the Norwegians 11-2. He scored his first goal for Tre Kronor on December 14, 1984, in a game against the East German nationals on an open air rink in Weisswasser.
In the spring of 1986, Bergqvist was awarded the Gold Puck as Sweden's best hockey player. This was a well deserved award for a player who lived for hockey, always placing the interests of the team above his own. His devotion to the game made Bergqvist one of the most beloved hockey players in his country.
As an attacking forward, Bergqvist was also quite capable of playing defense, something not all forwards are willing to do. On the ice, he was a fierce competitor, ignoring bruises and black eyes. Bergqvist holds the record for playing 272 official games for Tre Kronor and eclipsed the record of his senior Swedish national teammate Thomas Rundqvist (267 games) at the 1998 World Championship in Zurich when, on May 10, Tre Kronor beat Team Canada by a score of 7-1. On that memorable day, his teammates presented Bergqvist with a jersey bearing the number 268, while Bergqvist himself marked the occasion by firing a third goal into the Canadian net.
Among his most memorable goals scored with the nationals, Bergqvist himself singles out the goal that he scored in the finals of the 1991 World Championship against the USSR, when he scored within seconds of coming onto the ice, giving Tre Kronor a 1-0 lead.
Among his achievements, Bergqvist has an Olympic gold medal from the 1994 Lillehammer Games; he played in three Canada Cup tournaments; and he won three World Championship titles -- the last in Switzerland in 1998. That victory put Bergqvist and Mats Sundin on a par with the famous Sven "Tumba" Johansson, who for decades was the only Swedish hockey player to become a three-time world champion. In the games he played for the Swedish national team, Bergqvist scored only 69 goals, but coaches were eager to have him play for Tre Kronor because of his competitiveness and his loyalty to team play.
Bergqvist ranks 137th on the list of "Great Men." His record of 272 official games for the national team will likely hold well into the 21st century especially since the most talented Swedish hockey players are usually recruited by the best NHL teams and, for many of them, being in the Stanley Cup playoffs often precludes their participation in World Championships.
But records exist to be broken. Perhaps Bergqvist's will be overturned by someone from the new generation playing for Leksand -- whose managing director during the 1999-2000 season happens to be Jonas Bergqvist, still loyal to his original team
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Rogle BK Stockholm Sweden-3
1979-1981 Leksands IF Jr. Swe-Jr.
1981-82 Leksands IF Sweden 33 6 7 13 10
1981-82 Sweden WJC-A 7 4 5 9 9
1982-83 Leksands IF Sweden 35 8 11 19 20
1983-84 Leksands IF Sweden 29 11 11 22 16
1984-85 Leksands IF Sweden 35 11 11 22 26
1985-86 Leksands IF Sweden 36 16 21 37 16
1985-86 Sweden WEC-A 10 4 3 7 12
1986-87 Leksands IF Sweden 36 9 11 20 26
1986-87 Sweden WEC-A 9 1 3 4 4
1987-88 Sweden Can-Cup 6 2 0 2 4
1987-88 Leksands IF Sweden 37 19 12 31 32 3 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Sweden Olympics 8 3 0 3 4
1988-89 Leksands IF Sweden 27 15 20 35 18 10 4 3 7 2
1988-89 Sweden WEC-A 10 3 2 5 4
1989-90 Calgary Flames Fr-Tour
1989-90 Calgary Flames NHL 22 2 5 7 10 +10
1989-90 Salt Lake Golden Eagles IHL 13 6 10 16 4
1990-91 Mannheimer ERC Germany 36 16 23 39 22 3 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 9 4 2 6 8
1991-92 Sweden Can-Cup 6 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Leksands IF Sweden 22 11 10 21 4
1992-93 Leksands IF Sweden 39 15 23 38 40 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Sweden WC-A 8 3 1 4 14
1993-94 Leksands IF Sweden 35 12 23 35 29
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 8 1 3 4 4
1993-94 Sweden WC-A 8 3 5 8 4
1994-95 Leksands IF Sweden 33 17 12 29 16 4 0 0 0 4
1994-95 Sweden WC-A 5 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Leksands IF Sweden 37 16 14 30 30 5 2 1 3 0
1995-96 Sweden WC-A 6 4 0 4 0
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 4 1 0 1 2
1996-97 Leksands IF Sweden 38 13 16 29 22 9 4 2 6 12
1997-98 Leksands IF Sweden 31 14 19 33 18 3 0 1 1 8
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 10 2 0 2 6
1998-99 VEU Feldkirch Alpenliga 29 17 21 38 24
1998-99 VEU Feldkirch Austria 17 5 5 10 4
1999-00 Leksands IF Sweden
NHL Totals 22 2 5 7 10


Swedish World All-Star Team (1989, 1996)
Swedish Player of the Year (1996)
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