Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Andreas Karlsson
Karlsson was born in Gavle, Sweden, and made his debut with the local team, Gavle Godtemplare. Then he joined Brunes, one of the strongest teams in Sweden and a much sought-after destination for every young hockey player in Gavle. He first appeared with Brunes in 1978 in only one game, but was lucky enough to play with two Swedish hockey legends, Tord Lundstrom and Lars-Goran Nilsson, who were playing their last game for Brunes.

Karlsson won the Swedish national championship three times once with Sodertelje and twice with Brunes. He was a double world champion and made his debut with Tre Kronor playing alongside Jonas Bergqvist and Hakan Soderstrom. He also played for the NHL's New Jersey Devils for three seasons. Back in Sweden, Karlsson, who turned 40 on November 25, 2000, has become one of Leksand's leading forwards. During the 1999-2000 season he set three new records. On November 4, 1999, Leksand defeated HV-71 of Jonkoping 6-2, with Karlsson making two assists to break Hakan Loob's long-standing scoring record of 500 points with the Elite Series. By the end of the 1999-2000 season Karlsson had 501 points 189 goals and 312 assists accumulated in 614 games played with Sodertalje, Brunes, Vasteras and Leksand. Hakan Loob set his record in 406 Elite Series games.

Karlsson still believes that playing hockey is great fun, but he is determined that the 1999-2000 season was his last. However, the veteran player intends to stay with Leksand in an administrative capacity. He lives in the city with his wife, Kristina, and their three daughters.

This hockey legend left the game with four major records to his credit, the final one coming at the end of his last season. Karlsson had played with the Elite Series in four decades the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000, an accomplishment worthy of note.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Leksands IF Sweden 13 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Sweden EJC-A 4 1 3 4 0
1993-94 Leksands IF Sweden 21 0 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Leksands IF Jr. Swe-Jr. 3 3 3 6 0
1994-95 Leksands IF Sweden 24 7 8 15 0 4 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Sweden WJC-A 7 2 2 4 0
1995-96 Leksands IF Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 4 1 5 6
1995-96 Leksands IF Sweden 40 10 13 23 10
1995-96 Sweden WC-A 5 0 0 0 4
1996-97 Leksands IF Sweden 49 13 11 24 39 9 2 0 2 2
1997-98 Leksands IF Sweden 33 9 14 23 20 4 1 0 1 0
1997-98 Leksands IF EuroHL 6 2 3 5 2
1998-99 Leksands IF Sweden 49 18 15 33 18 4 1 0 1 6
1998-99 Leksands IF EuroHL 6 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 2 2
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 51 5 9 14 14 -17
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 18 5 5 10 6 0
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 60 5 11 16 16 -2
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 42 1 7 8 20 -8
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 16 6 14 20 11 +6 23 7 14 21 6
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 41 12 20 32 16 -7 9 1 3 4 4
2003-04 EHC Basel Swiss 40 7 21 28 30
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 39 11 13 24 12
2005-06 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 50 26 29 55 30 12 5 8 13 8
2005-06 Sweden WC-A 9 5 4 9 6 0
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 53 3 6 9 12 -4 6 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 58 2 2 4 10 -7
2008-09 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 11 3 5 8 6
2009-10 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 15 3 3 6 6 7 1 5 6 2
2010-11 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 35 2 10 12 12
NHL Totals 264 16 35 51 72 6 0 0 0 0


Traded to Atlanta by Calgary for future considerations, June 25, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Basel (Swiss), July 18, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2006.
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