Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Thomas Gradin
Centre Thomas Gradin played nearly 700 NHL games in the 70s and 80s. He was best known as a member of the Vancouver Canucks where he was an above average goal scorer though he was projected to be a star when he entered the league.

Born in Soleftea, Sweden, Gradin starred in his native country with MoDo AIK and AIK Solna. He was selected 45th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1976 and represented Sweden at three straight World Junior Championships beginning in 1974. The high point for the team was a bronze medal performance in 1975 while individually Gradin was named to the tournament all-star team in 1974. That year he was also named the outstanding forward at the European Junior Championships. Gradin's skill was also an asset on Team Sweden at the 1978 World Championships but the squad finished a disappointing fourth.

Gradin scored 20 goals as a rookie with Vancouver in 1978-79. The next year he notched his first of three 30-goal seasons and figured to be on the verge of superstardom. The talented forward never got beyond enigmatic status as he tantalized fans with spurts of brilliant play. During the early 80s he formed an effective partnership with linemates Stan Smyl and Curt Fraser.

In 1982 he was one of the team's best players with 19 points in 17 games as the Canucks reached the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history. He also represented Sweden at the 1981 Canada Cup then helped his country reach the final of the tournament three years later. By the mid-80s Gradin's ice time and influence in Vancouver was in decline. He played one year with the Boston Bruins in 1986-87 after signing as a free agent then returned to AIK Solna for three years before retiring in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Langsele AIK Sweden-3 14 11 2 13
1971-72 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden
1972-73 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 11 5 1 6 4 6 3 1 4 2
1972-73 MoDo Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 8 6 4 10 2
1972-73 Sweden EJC-A 5 2 1 3 2
1973-74 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 14 4 4 8 2 13 5 8 13 2
1973-74 MoDo Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 13 5 8 13 2
1973-74 Sweden WJC-A 5 3 3 6 2
1973-74 Sweden EJC-A 5 5 5 10 2
1974-75 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 29 16 15 31 16
1974-75 Sweden WJC-A
1974-75 Sweden EJC-A 5 4 4 8 0
1974-75 MoDo Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 2 4 6 2
1975-76 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 35 16 23 39 23
1975-76 Sweden WJC-A 4 3 1 4 2
1976-77 AIK Solna Sweden 36 16 12 28 8
1977-78 AIK Solna Sweden 36 22 15 37 22 6 0 5 5 14
1977-78 Sweden WEC-A 9 2 1 3 0
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 20 31 51 22 -12 3 4 1 5 4
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 30 45 75 22 +14 4 0 2 2 0
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 21 48 69 34 +2 3 1 3 4 0
1981-82 Sweden Can-Cup 5 1 2 3 4
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 37 49 86 32 +15 17 9 10 19 10
1981-82 Sweden Nat-Tm 11 3 4 7 4
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 32 54 86 61 -17 4 1 3 4 2
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 21 57 78 32 -2 4 0 1 1 2
1984-85 Sweden Can-Cup 8 2 2 4 6
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 22 42 64 43 -22
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 14 27 41 34 -16 3 2 1 3 2
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 64 12 31 43 18 +4 4 0 4 4 0
1987-88 AIK Solna Sweden 38 15 18 33 14 5 1 1 2 2
1988-89 AIK Solna Sweden 33 11 21 32 40 2 0 1 1 2
1989-90 AIK Solna Sweden 35 14 15 29 14 3 2 0 2 2
1990-1996
1996-97 Vasteras IK Sweden 2 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Vasteras IK Sweden-Q 10 1 2 3 2
NHL Totals 677 209 384 593 298 42 17 25 42 20


Named Best Forward at EJC-A (1974)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1974) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985)
Missed entire 1971-72 Swedish Elite League season after transfer from Langsele AIK to MoDo AIK was refused (7 votes to 3) by Swedish ice Hockey Federation. Rights traded to Vancouver by Chicago for Vancouver's 2nd round pick (Steve Ludzik) in 1980 NHL Draft, June 14, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Boston, June 24, 1986.
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