Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Niklas Sundstrom
Growing up in Sweden, Niklas Sundstrom represented his country at the World Junior Championships in 1993 where he collected a silver medal. That year also saw Sundstrom drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round with such other future NHL stars as Paul Kariya, Chris Pronger, and Jason Arnott. He returned to the World Juniors in 1994 where he received another silver medal as well as being named the tournament's best forward and a third time 1995 where the team won a bronze.

Sundstrom made his NHL debut in the 1995-96 season, while also getting a taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He returned to the international scene in 1996 where he helped Sweden win a bronze medal in the World Cup as well as having a successful sophomore year with the Rangers.

After four seasons in New York, Sundstrom was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999. But, he never played a game for the team; instead, they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks. Regarded as one of the NHL's best defensive forwards who can create scoring chances, Sundstrom spent parts of four seasons with the Sharks before he was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens midway through the 2002-03 season.

A two-time member of Sweden's Olympic Team in 1998 and again in 2002, Sundstrom surpassed 600-games played during the 2002-03 season and notched his 300th point as well.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 9 1 3 4 0
1991-92 Sweden EJC-A 6 1 0 1 6
1992-93 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 3 1 4 0
1992-93 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 40 7 11 18 18 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Sweden WJC-A 7 10 4 14 0
1992-93 Sweden EJC-A 5 4 9 13 10
1993-94 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Jr. Swe-Jr. 3 3 4 7 2
1993-94 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 37 7 12 19 28 11 4 3 7 2
1993-94 Sweden WJC-A 7 4 7 11 10
1994-95 MoDo HK Ornskoldsvik Sweden 33 8 13 21 30
1994-95 Sweden WJC-A 7 4 4 8 8
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 82 9 12 21 14 +2 11 4 3 7 4
1996-97 Sweden W-Cup 4 2 2 4 0
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 82 24 28 52 20 +23 9 0 5 5 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 70 19 28 47 24 0
1997-98 Sweden Olympics 4 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Sweden WC-A 10 1 5 6 8
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 81 13 30 43 20 -2
1998-99 Sweden WC-A 8 5 2 7 4
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 12 25 37 22 +9 12 0 2 2 2
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 10 39 49 28 +10 6 0 3 3 2
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 9 30 39 50 +7 12 1 6 7 6
2001-02 Sweden Olympics 4 1 3 4 0 +2
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 47 2 10 12 22 -4
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 5 9 14 8 +3
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 8 12 20 18 +3 4 1 0 1 2
2004-05 HC Milano Italy 33 9 27 36 40 15 4 14 18 20
2005-06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 55 6 9 15 30 -6 5 0 3 3 4
2006-07 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 47 9 36 45 116 20 5 8 13 26
2007-08 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 45 7 30 37 128 5 0 6 6 14
2008-09 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 49 18 35 53 70
2009-10 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 32 5 15 20 28
2010-11 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 53 11 22 33 40
2010-11 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 10 6 6 12 4
2011-12 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 50 11 26 37 42 6 1 1 2 0
2012-13 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 46 9 14 23 34 5 2 1 3 4
NHL Totals 750 117 232 349 256 59 6 22 28 22


EJC-A All-Star Team (1993)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1994)
WJC-A - Best Forward (1994)
Traded to Tampa Bay by NY Rangers with Dan Cloutier and NY Rangers' 1st (Nikita Alexeev) and 3rd (later traded to San Jose - later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Igor Radulov) round picks in 2000 NHL Draft for Chicago's 1st round pick (previously acquired, NY Rangers selected Pavel Brendl) in 1999 NHL Draft, June 26, 1999. Traded to San Jose by Tampa Bay with NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Chicago - Chicago selected Igor Radulov) in 2000 NHL Draft for Bill Houlder, Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr and Steve Guolla, August 4, 1999. Traded to Montreal by San Jose with San Jose's 3rd round pick (later traded to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Paul Baier) in 2004 NHL Draft for Jeff Hackett, January 23, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Milano (Italy), October 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), June 6, 2006. Officially announced his retirement, March 12, 2013.
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