Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tomas Jonsson
Defenseman Tomas Jonsson is one of Sweden's "Great Three" who, along with forwards Mats Naslund and Hakan Loob, has won the national championship, the World Championship, Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup. The three played together on Sweden's national Tre Kronor and sometimes against each other in the NHL.

A skillful and experienced defenseman, Jonsson was distinguished by the brilliant skating technique and speed that enabled him to assist his teammates in scoring goals. Jonsson was born April 12, 1960, and began his career with the provincial Falun IK. At the age of 17, he moved to Ornskoldsvik to join MoDo, which was then supervised by Jonsson's favorite coach, Tommy Sandlin. While playing with MoDo, Jonsson won his first national championship gold medal and was drafted by the NHL's New York Islanders.

In 1981 the ambitious Jonsson left Sweden for the NHL, where he spent eight seasons playing for the Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers in a total of 632 games, scoring 96 goals. The Islanders won the Stanley Cup twice with Jonsson on the team.

During the period of the Islanders' supremacy in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jonsson's teammates were his two countrymen Stefan Persson and Anders Kallur. Persson set a record among Swedish NHL players by winning the Stanley Cup four times while playing for the Islanders.

Tomas Jonsson returned to Sweden and continued playing for Leksand and the national team, adding to his many honors the "200" title, which is awarded to anyone who has played at least 200 games for Tre Kronor. And Jonsson might have done even better had his involvement in the NHL playoff series not kept him from playing for Sweden's national team.

Jonsson holds 110th place on Sweden's "Great Men" list. The 1998-99 season was the last he played for Leksand, where he remains as coach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Falu IF Sweden-2 8 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Falu IF Sweden-2 20 0 4 4
1976-77 Falu IF Sweden-2 19 3 7 10
1976-77 Sweden EJC-A 6 2 3 5 16
1977-78 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 35 8 9 17 45 2 0 0 0 4
1977-78 Sweden WJC-A 7 1 2 3 10
1978-79 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 34 11 9 20 77 5 1 2 3 13
1978-79 Sweden WJC-A 6 1 1 2 4
1978-79 Sweden Nat-Tm 15 2 3 5 16
1978-79 Sweden WEC-A 8 1 3 4 8
1979-80 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 3 13 16 42
1979-80 Sweden WJC-A 5 2 1 3 10
1979-80 Sweden Nat-Tm 18 2 4 6 24
1979-80 Sweden Olympics 7 2 2 4 6
1980-81 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 35 8 12 20 58
1980-81 Sweden Nat-Tm 19 0 2 2 2
1980-81 Sweden WEC-A 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Sweden Can-Cup 3 0 1 1 4
1981-82 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 7 0 2 2 8
1981-82 New York Islanders NHL 70 9 25 34 51 +26 10 0 2 2 21
1982-83 New York Islanders NHL 72 13 35 48 50 +40 20 2 10 12 18
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 72 11 36 47 54 +12 21 3 5 8 22
1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 69 16 34 50 58 -1 7 1 2 3 10
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 77 14 30 44 62 +16 3 0 1 1 4
1985-86 Sweden WEC-A 8 0 5 5 10
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 47 6 25 31 36 -8 10 1 4 5 6
1987-88 Sweden Can-Cup 6 1 1 2 2
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 72 6 41 47 115 +6 5 2 2 4 10
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 53 9 23 32 34 -13
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 20 1 10 11 22 -12 4 2 0 2 6
1989-90 Leksands IF Sweden 40 11 15 26 54 3 1 1 2 4
1989-90 Sweden WEC-A 8 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Leksands IF Sweden 22 7 7 14 16
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 10 0 4 4 8
1991-92 Leksands IF Sweden 22 6 7 13 26
1992-93 Leksands IF Sweden 38 8 15 23 90 2 1 1 2 4
1993-94 Leksands IF Sweden 33 4 14 18 38 4 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 8 1 3 4 10
1994-95 Leksands IF Sweden 37 8 17 25 38 4 1 3 4 27
1994-95 Sweden WC-A 8 0 2 2 12
1995-96 Leksands IF Sweden 34 5 17 22 24 5 0 4 4 2
1996-97 Leksands IF Sweden 38 8 13 21 42 9 2 1 3 4
1997-98 Leksands IF Sweden 38 7 10 17 34 4 0 0 0 12
1997-98 Leksands IF EuroHL 5 1 3 4 6
1998-99 Falu IF Sweden-4 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 552 85 259 344 482 80 11 26 37 97


Swedish World All-Star Team (1979, 1980, 1990, 1995)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1980)
Swedish Player of the Year (1995)
Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders for future considerations, February 15, 1989.