Rolf Edberg, a centre born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 29, 1950, played eight full seasons in his native land and twice represented his country in the World Championships before crossing the ocean to play in the NHL. On June 10, 1978, Edberg, who had been named the Swedish Player of the Year that season, signed a contract with the Washington Capitals and began his National Hockey League career that fall. Edberg stepped into the Capitals lineup right away, playing 76 games and scoring 14 goals and 41 points.
After his first NHL season, Edberg again wore the blue and gold of his home country in the World Championships, scoring seven points in six games. Edberg returned to Washington for his second NHL season, and improved on his goal and point production, breaking the 20-goal plateau with 23 and upping his points to 46, despite playing 13 fewer games.
Edberg's third NHL season would prove to be his last. He played only 45 games, and his output dropped to just 16 points. After his disappointing third year with the Capitals, Edberg returned to Sweden and played four more seasons before hanging up his skates for good.