Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jorgen Pettersson
Jorgen Pettersson had skated six seasons in the Swedish Elite League with Vastra Frolunda before he was finally enticed to cross the Atlantic to take on the NHL.

The enticement came from St. Louis Blues GM Emile Francis. He personally flew to Stockholm to verify that the stylish, speedy Swede was the real deal. Impressed with his disciplined play and puck handling skills, Francis brought him to St. Louis and placed him on a line with Blake Dunlop and Joe Mullen. The fit was right as Pettersson made a mark on the league by registering 73 points in 62 games.

Over succeeding seasons, he continued to develop into a more complete package as an outstanding penalty killer and above-average defensive player who was willing to bump with the opposition. Pettersson's scoring pace remained steady through 1985 when Emile Francis, then the Whalers' GM, brought his former prospect over to Hartford. His stay was short, however, before he was dispatched to the Capitals for a final NHL stint of 55 games.

Pettersson then decided to return to his native Sweden where he rejoined the Swedish Elite League for four additional seasons before retiring in 1990-91.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Vastra Frolunda IF Goteborg Sweden-2 13 0 2 2 2 15 3 3 6 2
1974-75 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 29 19 3 22 4
1974-75 Sweden WJC-A
1974-75 Sweden EJC-A 5 3 2 5 0
1975-76 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 29 18 8 26 6
1975-76 Sweden WJC-A 4 2 1 3 0
1976-77 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 19 15 4 19 4
1977-78 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 16 5 8 13 8
1978-79 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 35 23 11 34 12
1979-80 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 33 17 15 32 18 8 4 4 8 8
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 62 37 36 73 24 +14 11 4 3 7 0
1981-82 Sweden Can-Cup 5 0 0 0 0
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 38 31 69 28 -8 7 1 2 3 0
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 35 38 73 4 -10 4 1 1 2 0
1982-83 Sweden WEC-A 10 2 0 2 4
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 28 34 62 29 -2 11 7 3 10 2
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 23 32 55 20 +8 3 1 1 2 0
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 23 5 5 10 2 -12
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 47 8 16 24 10 -4 8 1 2 3 2
1986-87 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden-2 27 14 13 27 10 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden-2 35 22 21 43 18 11 6 5 11 2
1988-89 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden-2 36 23 30 53 10 8 7 6 13 8
1989-90 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 36 13 11 24 16
1990-91 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Hanhals Hockey Kungsbacka Sweden-2 29 16 19 35 18
1991-1993
1993-94 Harryda HC Sweden-3 32 31 34 65 16
1994-95 Kungsbacka HC Sweden-3 8 4 7 11 8
NHL Totals 435 174 192 366 117 44 15 12 27 4


Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, May 8, 1980. Traded to Hartford by St. Louis with Mike Luit for Mark Johnson and Greg Millen, February 21, 1985. Traded to Washington by Hartford for Doug Jarvis, December 6, 1985.