Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anders Kallur
Anders Kallur was a gifted offensive producer in his native Sweden before becoming a pat of the New York Islanders' Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980s. He played only six years in the NHL but had four Stanley Cup rings and 211 career points to show for his work. His strength as a player rested with his blazing speed, quick lateral movement, and vast array of fakes and moves while in motion.

Born in Ludvika, Sweden, Kallur began with the lesser-known Tunabro club before joining the stronger MoDo team in 1974-75. That season he led the Swedish Elite league with 30 goals in as many games. He later skated for Sodertalje then Djurgardens before he was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders in August 1979. Following his last year, he was named the Swedish player-of-the-year and placed on his country's World all-star team.

Kallur's timing couldn't have been better as he joined the Isles' as they began a run of four consecutive Stanley Cup titles. Things started slowly for the Swede as he missed most of his first NHL training camp with a groin injury. He was sent to the CHL's Indianapolis Checkers for two conditioning games then returned to Long Island where he worked on a checking line with Bob Bourne and Wayne Merrick as well as a more potent unit with Bryan Trottier and John Tonelli.

His offense and composure under pressure helped him fit in well with one of the NHL's elite clubs. He recorded 22 and 36 goals in his first two NHL seasons then settled into a more specialized checking role since New York had Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom, and Duane Sutter to supply offense from the right side. During the team's drive to a fourth Cup in 1983, Kallur's playmaking was crucial as he recorded 12 assists in 20 post-season contests. The "drive for five" fell short in the 1984 finals versus Edmonton. Kallur played one more season before retiring in 1985.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Falu IF Sweden-2 18 6 6
1971-72 Falu IF Sweden-2 18 15 15
1972-73 HC Tunabro Sweden 14 3 3 6 4 6 3 1 4 0
1973-74 HC Tunabro Sweden 14 5 3 8 4 13 8 7 15 22
1974-75 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 30 30 16 46 26
1975-76 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 11 16 27 33
1976-77 Sodertalje SK Sweden 31 14 9 23 26
1977-78 Sodertalje SK Sweden 30 5 7 12 10
1978-79 Djurgardens IF Stockholm Sweden 36 25 21 46 32 4 3 3 6 2
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 76 22 30 52 16 +12
1979-80 Indianapolis Checkers CHL 2 0 2 2 0
1980-81 New York Islanders NHL 78 36 28 64 32 +25 12 4 3 7 10
1981-82 Sweden Can-Cup 5 3 1 4 0
1981-82 New York Islanders NHL 58 18 22 40 18 +5 19 1 6 7 8
1982-83 New York Islanders NHL 55 6 8 14 33 +9 20 3 12 15 12
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 65 9 14 23 24 0 17 2 2 4 2
1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 51 10 8 18 26 -9 10 2 0 2 0
NHL Totals 383 101 110 211 149 78 12 23 35 32


Swedish World All-Star Team (1979)
Swedish Player of the Year (1979)
Only goals and games played totals are available for 1970-71 and 1971-72 season. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 15, 1979.