Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hakan Loob
In 1981, at the age of 21, Loob was playing for Farjestad when they won the Swedish Championship but he really made his mark in the 1982-83 season. Farjestad was then at its zenith and the team's best five-man lineup consisted of Tommy Samuelsson and Peter Loob, Jan Ingman, Thomas Rundqvist and Hakan Loob. The quintet became the asset of the season and the agile Hakan Loob was its driving force.

Farjestad lost the gold to Stockholm's Djurgarden in the 1982-83 season and Hakan Loob was seriously injured in one of the games. But that season became the turning point in his career. The talented forward caught the attention of the NHL Calgary Flames scouts. Once again the skeptics wondered whether this player who was slight of build could hold his own in the NHL, where tough bodychecking was the rule and rinks were smaller than those in Europe.

But Loob fooled them all. In the 1987-88 season, he became the first Swedish player to score 50 goals in the NHL regular season. Besides that, he had 56 assists to his credit, racking up a total of 106 points?an achievement that the present generation of Swedish players in the NHL can still be proud of. A year later, "Lucky Loob" was able to hold up the cherished Stanley Cup won by the Calgary Flames. Loob played 450 games for the NHL, scoring 193 goals.

For Loob and all Swedish hockey fans, 1987 was an especially memorable year. At the World Championship in Vienna, Tre Kronor won the gold after a hiatus of 25 years, largely thanks to the efforts of Hakan Loob.

The Swedish nationals, under the leadership of senior coach Tommy Sandlin, were a well-balanced and powerful team with an excellent lineup of players that year. Hakan Loob was a standout.

Returning to Farjestad in 1989, Loob continued to play the key role in the lineup of his native team, achieving one more gold medal at the 1991 World Championship as well as an Olympic gold medal at Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994. That gold medal became Loob's crowning achievement. He'd won practically every gold medal that a hockey player could dream of, including the championship of Sweden, the World Championship, the Winter Olympics and the Stanley Cup. Only two other Swedish hockey players have equaled such an achievement, defenseman Tomas Jonsson and forward Mats Naslund.

Loob quit playing in 1996 and was given a standing ovation as he left the ice. A jersey bearing the number 5 that he wore while playing for Farjestad was raised in the local hockey stadium in recognition of his exceptional role. Loob remained in hockey, becoming the sports training supervisor for Farjestad. In 1997 and 1998 the Karlstad team won the Swedish Championship.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 IK Graip Slite Sweden-3 22 12 2 14
1976-77 Roma IF Romakloster Sweden-3 20 19 12 31
1977-78 Karlskrona AIK Sweden-2 25 15 4 19 37
1977-78 Sweden EJC-A 5 3 1 4 2
1978-79 Karlskrona AIK Sweden-2 23 23 9 32 8 5 3 2 5 0
1978-79 Sweden WJC-A 6 0 2 2 0
1979-80 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 36 15 4 19 20
1979-80 Sweden WJC-A 5 7 2 9 2
1980-81 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 36 23 6 29 14 7 5 3 8 6
1981-82 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 36 26 15 41 28 2 1 0 1 0
1981-82 Sweden Nat-Tm 21 8 3 11 8
1981-82 Sweden WEC-A 8 3 1 4 6
1982-83 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 36 42 34 76 29 8 10 4 14 6
1982-83 Sweden Nat-Tm 11 2 2 4 8
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 77 30 25 55 22 +11 11 2 3 5 2
1984-85 Sweden Can-Cup 8 6 4 10 2
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 78 37 35 72 14 +14 4 3 3 6 0
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 68 31 36 67 36 +22 22 4 10 14 6
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 68 18 26 44 26 -13 5 1 2 3 0
1986-87 Sweden WEC-A 8 5 4 9 4
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 80 50 56 106 47 +41 9 8 1 9 4
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 79 27 58 85 44 +28 22 8 9 17 4
1989-90 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 40 22 31 53 24 10 9 5 14 2
1989-90 Sweden WEC-A 10 4 7 11 10
1990-91 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 40 33 25 58 16 8 6 4 10 8
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 10 2 7 9 6
1991-92 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 40 37 29 66 14 6 2 2 4 2
1991-92 Sweden Olympics 8 4 4 8 0
1992-93 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 40 25 26 51 28 3 4 1 5 0
1993-94 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 22 9 11 20 12
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 8 4 5 9 2
1994-95 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 39 13 25 38 58 4 2 0 2 2
1995-96 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 40 17 31 48 37
NHL Totals 450 193 236 429 189 73 26 28 54 16


Brother of Peter
WJC-A All-Star Team (1980)
Swedish World All-Star Team (1983, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1992)
Swedish Player of the Year (1983)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1984)
NHL First All-Star Team (1988)