Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Willy Lindstrom
Right-winger Willy Lindstrom was an exciting combination of speed and scoring during his eight years in the NHL. He recorded five 20-goal seasons and was very dangerous on the power play. The talented forward was also respected for turning his game up a notch in the post-season.

Born in Grunnis, Sweden, "The Wisp" excelled for five years with Vastra Frolunda. He also spent parts of two seasons on the national team and played at the World Championshios in 1974 and 1975. Lindstrom signed as a free agent with the WHA's Winnipeg Jets in July 1975 and was a top goal scorer for four seasons. In 1976, he was a reserve on Team Sweden at the inaugural Canada Cup.

The clever forward remained on the Jets when they joined the NHL in 1979-80. He recorded four consecutive 20-goal seasons as the young club was one of the fastest in the league. In March 1983, Lindstrom was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for scrappy centre Laurie Boschman. He was a role player on his new squad but recorded 22 goals in 1983-84 and helped the club win two consecutive Stanley Cups in 1984 and 1985.

In October 1985, he was picked up on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins and scored 24 goals over two seasons. After sitting out the 1987-88 season, he played two years with Brynas IF Gavle of Sweden before announcing his retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Grums IK Sweden-2 22 11 6 17
1968-69 Grums IK Sweden-2 21 11 10 21
1969-70 Grums IK Sweden-2 19 30 12 42
1970-71 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 14 7 4 11 10 8 3 0 3 2
1971-72 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 27 12 11 23 18
1972-73 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 14 7 5 12 14 14 6 1 7 4
1973-74 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 27 19 11 30 22
1973-74 Sweden Nat-Tm 15 8 6 14 8
1973-74 Sweden WEC-A 9 7 5 12 6
1974-75 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 29 18 15 33 24
1974-75 Sweden Nat-Tm 27 7 5 12 10
1974-75 Sweden WEC-A 7 2 1 3 4
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 81 23 36 59 32 13 4 7 11 2
1976-77 Sweden Can-Cup 1 0 0 0 5
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 79 44 36 80 37 20 9 6 15 22
1977-78 Winnipeg Jets WHA 77 30 30 60 42 8 3 4 7 17
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 79 26 36 62 22 10 10 5 15 9
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 23 26 49 20 -19
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 72 22 13 35 45 -28
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 32 27 59 33 +11 4 2 1 3 2
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 63 20 25 45 8 -5
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 6 5 11 2 +5 16 2 11 13 4
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 22 16 38 38 +17 19 5 5 10 10
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 12 20 32 18 +5 18 5 1 6 8
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 14 17 31 30 0
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 10 13 23 6 +9
1987-88 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 35 14 9 23 38
1988-89 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 29 12 5 17 26 5 3 1 4 4
1989-90 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 29 8 5 13 12 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 582 161 162 323 200 57 14 18 32 24


Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA), July, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 25, 1979. Traded to Edmonton by Winnipeg for Laurie Boschman, March 7, 1983. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 7, 1985.