Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kjell Dahlin
The Montreal Canadiens drafted right-winger Kjell Dahlin in 1981 and by 1985, he was ready to join the National Hockey League. Dahlin, born in Timra, Sweden on February 2nd 1963 came to North America and cracked the Canadiens roster that fall.

In 77 games Dahlin scored 32 goals and 71 points, tying a record for points by a rookie that was set by countryman and teammate Mats Naslund. His point total made him the top scoring rookie that season but an outstanding year by first year defenseman Gary Suter kept Dahlin from capturing the rookie of the year honors, though he was named to the All Rookie Team. However, Dahlin won something much greater that spring when the Canadiens surprised many by winning the Stanley Cup. Despite his scoring ways during the regular season, Dahlin was held to just 2 goals and 5 points in the playoffs. It was a sign of things to come.

In his second season injuries limited Dahlin to just 41 games and his point total dropped to 20. In 1987-88, Dahlin's third year, injuries again limited him as he played just 48 games this time scoring 25 points.

With diminishing returns and bad luck on the injury front, Dahlin opted to return to Sweden for the 1988-89 campaign. Dahlin rejoined Farjestad BK Karlstad, the Swedish Elite League club team he spent three seasons with before joining Montreal. Dahlin played six seasons with them then retired from the game in 1994.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Timra IK Sweden-2 2 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Timra IK Sweden-2 14 4 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Sweden EJC-A 5 1 0 1 0
1980-81 Timra IK Sweden-2 36 15 14 29 24
1980-81 Sweden EJC-A 5 4 5 9 4
1981-82 Timra IK Sweden 36 16 7 23 14
1981-82 Sweden WJC-A 7 5 1 6 4
1982-83 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 32 10 8 18 2 7 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Sweden WJC-A 7 3 4 7
1983-84 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 36 19 9 28 16
1984-85 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 35 21 25 46 10
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 32 39 71 4 +10 16 2 3 5 4
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 12 8 20 0 -3 8 2 4 6 0
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 13 12 25 6 +5 11 2 4 6 2
1988-89 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 37 23 20 43 24 2 1 0 1 0
1989-90 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 30 26 12 38 12 10 4 5 9 6
1990-91 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 31 9 8 17 14 8 4 3 7 2
1991-92 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 25 6 10 16 10 6 4 1 5 4
1992-93 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 36 4 8 12 4 3 2 0 2 4
1993-94 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 16 0 1 1 0 8 1 0 1 0
1993-94 Grums IK Sweden-2 4 0 5 5 0
NHL Totals 166 57 59 116 10 35 6 11 17 6


Swedish Junior - Player-of-the-Year (1981)
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