Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bjorn Johansson
Bjorn Johansson was a gifted rushing defenceman in his native Sweden but he was unable to make a successful transition to the NHL. He was a also an effective international player in the early stages of his career.

Born in Orebro Sweden, Johansson started playing with the Sodertalje team in the Swedish league when he was only 15. He was on hand to represent his country at the first three World Junior Championships from 1974 to 1976. When the youngster scored 30 goals in 36 games for Orebro in 1975-76 he drew comparisons with Toronto Maple Leafs' star Borje Salming. The California Seals couldn't resist choosing him fifth overall in the 1976 Amateur Draft.

While Johansson may have earned a comparison with Salming in Sweden, his NHL play was nowhere near the same level. He played 15 games over two seasons with the Cleveland Barons (the relocated Seals) but never looked comfortable. Even in the CHL and AHL, he remained tentative and eventually headed for home. Johansson spent his last three seasons with Orebro, Vastra Frolunda and Djurgardens before retiring in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Orebro IK Sweden-2 9 2 2 4
1972-73 Orebro IK Sweden-2 8 2 2 4 4
1973-74 Orebro IK Sweden 36 15 17 32 10
1973-74 Sweden WJC-A 5 0 1 1 2
1973-74 Sweden EJC-A 5 0 1 1 6
1974-75 Orebro IK Sweden 30 13 1 14 22 13 2 1 3 23
1974-75 Sweden WJC-A 1 2 3
1974-75 Sweden EJC-A 5 3 2 5 2
1975-76 Orebro IK Sweden 36 30 21 51 30
1975-76 Sweden WJC-A 4 3 2 5 0
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 10 1 1 2 4 -11
1976-77 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 56 8 16 24 10
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 5 0 0 0 6 -2
1977-78 Phoenix Roadrunners CHL 13 0 3 3 15
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 24 0 10 10 6
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 25 2 10 12 20
1978-79 Orebro IK Sweden 36 7 15 22 37
1979-80 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 33 8 10 18 46 8 2 1 3 8
1980-81 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 20 1 3 4 11
1981-82 Orebro IK Sweden-2 36 18 18 36 63
1982-83 Orebro IK Sweden-2 31 9 18 27 50
1983-84 Orebro IK Sweden-2 29 18 18 36 24
1984-85 Orebro IK Sweden-2 32 7 13 20 40
1985-86 Orebro IK Sweden-2 31 9 14 23 24 4 1 3 4 6
1986-87 Orebro IK Sweden-2 30 6 19 25 24 6 3 2 5 10
1987-88 Orebro IK Sweden-2 34 4 24 28 32 7 0 5 5 12
1988-89 Orebro IK Sweden-2 29 5 22 27 38 12 1 3 4 12
NHL Totals 15 1 1 2 10


WJC-A All-Star Team (1976) Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976. Traded to Rochester by Binghamton (AHL) for Peter McNamee, February, 1978.