Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mats Naslund
Forward Mats Naslund had already established himself as a bonafide star forward in the Swedish Elite League before joining the Montreal Canadiens for the 1982-83 season. Naslund had played with the powerful Brynas IF Gavle team and was one of the club's top offensive stars and was a key member of Team Sweden at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Upon arriving in Montreal, the Canadiens immediately inserted Naslund into the starting lineup where he played eight years, missing just 23 games over that span, displaying incredible resiliency for a man of just 5'7" and 160 pounds.

Naslund's best personal offensive season in the NHL was in 1985-86 when he scored 43 goals and 110 points. The fantastic regular season was capped with an amazing Stanley Cup championship with a finals victory over the Calgary Flames. In 20 playoff games he produced 19 points and was a candidate for the Conn Smythe trophy, given to the MVP of the postseason.

At the age of 30, while still very much on top of his game, the three-time NHL all-star elected to leave the league and continue his hockey career in Europe. He also appeared in three Canada Cup tournaments in 1984, 1987 and 1991 and also suited up for Sweden in the 1992 and 1994 Olympics. At 35, Naslund signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Bruins in 1994-95, but appeared in just 34 games before deciding it was time to retire.

Mats Naslund is one of Sweden's "Great Three" who, along with Hakan Loob and Tomas Jonsson, 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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Timra IF Sweden 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Timra IK Sweden-2 17 15 13 28
1976-77 Sweden EJC-A 6 9 3 12 2
1977-78 Timra IF Sweden 35 13 6 19 14
1977-78 Sweden WJC-A 7 2 8 10 6
1978-79 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 36 12 12 24 19
1978-79 Sweden WJC-A 6 3 2 5 6
1978-79 Sweden WEC-A 8 5 2 7 8
1979-80 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 36 18 19 37 34 7 2 2 4 4
1979-80 Sweden Olympics 7 3 7 10 6
1980-81 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 36 17 25 42 34
1980-81 Sweden WEC-A 8 0 3 3 6
1981-82 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 36 24 18 42 16
1981-82 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 4 6 6
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 26 45 71 10 +34 3 1 0 1 0
1982-83 Sweden WEC-A 10 3 4 7 2
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 29 35 64 4 +5 15 6 8 14 4
1984-85 Sweden Can-Cup 8 2 3 5 6
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 42 37 79 14 +19 12 7 4 11 6
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 43 67 110 16 +11 20 8 11 19 4
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 25 55 80 16 -3 17 7 15 22 11
1987-88 Sweden Can-Cup 6 1 2 3 2
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 24 59 83 14 +17 6 0 7 7 2
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 33 51 84 14 +34 21 4 11 15 6
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 21 20 41 19 +3 3 1 1 2 0
1990-91 HC Lugano Swiss 31 27 29 56 11 4 9 13
1990-91 Sweden EJC-A 10 3 5 8 0
1991-92 Sweden Can-Cup 6 1 3 4 0
1991-92 Malmo IF Sweden 39 15 24 39 10 10 3 2 5 0
1991-92 Sweden Olympics 8 1 5 6 27
1992-93 Malmo IF Sweden 33 11 21 32 10 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Malmo IF Sweden 40 14 30 44 8 11 2 4 6 4
1993-94 Sweden Olympics 8 0 7 7 0
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 34 8 14 22 4 -4 5 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 651 251 383 634 111 102 35 57 92 33


WJC-A All-Star Team (1978)
Swedish World All-Star Team (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
Swedish Player of the Year (1980)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1983)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1986)
Lady Byng Trophy (1988) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984, 1986, 1988)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, February 21, 1994.