Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stefan Bergkvist
Defenseman Stefan Bergvist was never known for his offensive abilities but he often received accolades for his stellar defensive efforts. At 225 pounds he was always adept at moving opposing forwards out of his team's crease, opening a clear line of sight for his goaltender. He starred with his hometown Leksand in junior and was promoted to the city's big team for six games at the age of 19.

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Bergvist with their first pick, 26th overall in the1993 NHL Entry Draft. The club felt he had the tools they were looking for in a young defender. The Pens never seemed to be short on offensive power, but it was work in their own zone which needed improvement, and thus the decision to pick Bergvist.

In 1994-95 Bergvist played in the OHL to acclimatize to the North American game, suiting up for 64 games with the London Knights where he scored three goals and 20 points. He seemed to adjust well to the smaller ice surface and was often praised for his strong defensive capabilities.

Bergvist turned pro in 1995-96 with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL, playing 61 games. He was also called up for a two-game look-see with the Penguins but saw very limited ice time. He had a five-game stint with the Penguins the following year, where once again his main goal was to play a strong defensive game. He played well during the five games but was sent back to the minors, unable to secure a full-time position in Pittsburgh. He remained in the IHL for another season but felt his chances of getting into the NHL were remote at best.

In 1998-99 Bergvist decided to return to Sweden where he rejoined Leksand, where he continues to play.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Leksands IF Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Leksands IF Sweden 15 0 0 0 6
1992-93 Sweden EJC-A 6 1 1 2 8
1993-94 Leksands IF Jr. Swe-Jr. 14 2 5 7 60
1993-94 Leksands IF Sweden 6 0 0 0 0
1994-95 London Knights OHL 64 3 17 20 93 4 0 0 0 5
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 61 2 8 10 58 3 0 0 0 14
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 7 -1
1996-97 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 33 0 1 1 54 4 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 71 3 6 9 129 +1 10 0 2 2 24
1998-99 Leksands IF Sweden 42 0 2 2 167 3 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Leksands IF EuroHL 6 0 2 2 28 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Leksands IF Sweden 27 0 3 3 61
2000-01 Leksands IF Sweden 31 0 0 0 82
2001-02 EHC Linz Austria 25 3 9 12 61
NHL Totals 7 0 0 0 9 4 0 0 0 2