Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lars Lindgren
Defenceman Lars Lindgren was a clever passer who could play abrasively in his own end. His mobility helped his team's power play and offensive flow during his six years in the league during the 1970s and '80s.

Born in Pitea, Sweden, Lindgren played with Skelleftea and MoDo Aik for five years. He also gained international experience while representing his country at the 1977 and 1978 World Championships. In July 1978 he was signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks and scored 21 points as a rookie in 1978-79.

The clever backliner's mobility and crisp passes were an asset to the club's power play and five on five transitional game. He chipped in a few assists while improving his defensive zone coverage and was named to Team Sweden at the 1981 Canada Cup. During the spring of 1982, the slick defender scored six points while helping the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history.

Lindgren remained in Vancouver until the first month of the 1983-84 season. He scored 16 points in 59 games and notched a pair of goals when the team reached the semi-finals that year. The veteran returned to Sweden the next year and played four years with Lulea HF before retiring in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Pitea IF Sweden-2 18 3 3 6
1971-72 Pitea IF Sweden-2 18 6 6 12
1972-73 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 13 0 3 3 10 6 1 2 3 8
1973-74 Skelleftea AIK Sweden 13 0 3 3 10 6 1 2 3 8
1974-75 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 30 4 8 12 20
1975-76 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 36 2 4 6 22
1976-77 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 35 6 6 12 36 4 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Sweden WEC-A 10 1 1 2 8
1977-78 MoDo AIK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 33 3 12 15 55
1977-78 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 3 5 8
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 2 19 21 68 -32 3 0 0 0 6
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 5 30 35 66 -8 2 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 4 18 22 32 +16
1981-82 Sweden Can-Cup 5 0 1 1 6
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 5 16 21 74 +2 16 2 4 6 6
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 6 14 20 48 +3 4 1 1 2 2
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 1 2 3 4 0
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 59 2 14 16 33 -3 15 2 0 2 6
1984-85 Lulea HF Sweden 33 8 3 11 46
1985-86 Lulea HF Sweden 35 2 7 9 32
1986-87 Lulea HF Sweden 35 4 9 13 42 3 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Lulea HF Sweden 40 2 7 9 52
1988-89 Pitea HC Sweden-2
1989-90 Pitea HC Sweden-2 2 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 394 25 113 138 325 40 5 6 11 20


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980) Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, June 5, 1978. Traded to Minnesota by Vancouver for Minnesota's 3rd round pick (Landis Chaulk) in 1984 NHL Draft, October 20, 1983.
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