Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anders Hedberg
In 1969 the head coach of the Swedish national team invited a 17-year-old named Anders Hedberg to join the national team, but his studies prevented him from accepting. Hedberg made his first appearance in the national lineup the following year and immediately proved he was a player with great talent. He was even nicknamed "the New Tumba" after 1950s Swedish hockey star Sven "Tumba" Johansson. Hedberg played 100 official games for Sweden.

One of Hedberg's most memorable goals was the third one he scored against Vladislav Tretiak in the 1976 Canada Cup tournament. On a perfect pass from defenseman Borje Salming, Hedberg went one on one with the Soviet goalkeeper and tied the score 3-3.

By this time, he had already left Stockholm's Djurgarden and joined the Winnipeg Jets in the newly formed World Hockey Association. In what was perhaps the happiest time in his sports career, Hedberg played with teammate Ulf Nilsson on the same line as the legendary Canadian hockey player Bobby Hull?a line that was then considered the best in the WHA. Hull often stated that he'd never had partners who had mastered the fine points of hockey as well as the two Swedes, Hedberg and Nilsson. Bobby Hull scored his 1,000th career goal while playing in the lineup with the two Scandinavians.

After the demise of the WHA, Hedberg played seven seasons with the New York Rangers for a total of 465 games in which he scored 172 goals. In a ceremony during the 1997 World Championship in Finland, Anders Hedberg and Tumba Johansson were among those inducted into the European Hockey Hall of Fame.

After completing his hockey career, Hedberg spent several years scouting for talented players in Europe for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was appointed assistant general manager of the team. In August 1999 Swedish newspapers reported that Hedberg had turned down an offer to continue as Toronto's scout. Back in Sweden, he will no doubt continue to play an active role in the world


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Svedjeholmens IK Sweden-3 16 24 24
1967-68 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 24 12 6 18
1967-68 Sweden EJC-A 5 6 1 7 0
1968-69 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 19 10 13 23 2
1968-69 Sweden EJC-A 5 5 0 5 2
1969-70 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 14 9 14 23 2
1969-70 Sweden EJC-A 5 6
1969-70 Sweden WEC-A 9 2 3 5 0
1970-71 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 14 7 6 13 0
1971-72 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 2 1 0 1 0 6 3 5 8 0
1971-72 Sweden WEC-A 10 6 5 11 4
1972-73 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 12 6 3 9 2 14 6 7 13 4
1972-73 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 5 7 0
1973-74 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 14 10 6 16 2 14 7 7 14 4
1973-74 Sweden WEC-A 10 7 3 10 2
1974-75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 65 53 47 100 45
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 76 50 55 105 48 13 13 6 19 15
1976-77 Sweden Can-Cup 5 3 2 5 4
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 68 70 61 131 48 20 13 16 29 13
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 77 63 59 122 60 9 9 6 15 2
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 80 33 45 78 33 +19 18 4 5 9 12
1978-79 NHL All-Stars Ch-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 80 32 39 71 21 +13 9 3 2 5 7
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 80 30 40 70 52 0 14 8 8 16 6
1981-82 Sweden Can-Cup 5 4 2 6 0
1981-82 New York Rangers DN-Cup 4 1 2 3
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -2
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 78 25 34 59 12 +17 9 4 8 12 4
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 79 32 35 67 16 +18 5 1 0 1 0
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 64 20 31 51 10 -15 3 2 1 3 2
NHL Totals 465 172 225 397 144 58 22 24 46 31


Swedish Junior - Player-of-the-Year (1969, 1970)
Best Forward at EJC-A (1970)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1975)
Lou Kaplan Trophy (WHA - Rookie of the Year) (1975)
WHA First All-Star Team (1976, 1977, 1978)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1985) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985)
Only goals and games played totals are available for 1966-67 season. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA), May 3, 1974. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, June 5, 1978.