Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tommy Westlund
Born in Fors, Sweden, Tommy Westlund began his career with the Avesta BK club in the third and second divisions. In 1995-96 he moved up to the Brynas IF squad and was chosen 93rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft after a 29-goal season.

The next year he became more accustomed to the North American game, making his AHL debut with the New Haven Beast. Westlund was a solid role player in his first two NHL seasons before a back injury limited his 2001-02 season to a mere 40 games before returning to the line-up for the team's drive to the 2002 Stanley Cup final. The Hurricanes knocked off the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs before falling to the Detroit Red Wings in the final.

Westlund split the 2002-03 season with the Hurricanes and the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Avesta BK Sweden-3 27 11 9 20 8
1992-93 Avesta BK Sweden-2 32 9 5 14 32
1993-94 Avesta BK Sweden-2 31 20 11 31 34
1994-95 Avesta BK Sweden-2 32 17 13 30 22
1995-96 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 18 2 1 3 2
1995-96 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden-Q 18 10 10 20 4 8 1 0 1 4
1996-97 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 50 21 13 34 16
1997-98 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 46 29 9 38 45 3 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 50 8 18 26 31 +3
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 4 8 12 19 -10
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 5 3 8 23 -9 6 0 0 0 17
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 40 0 2 2 6 -8 19 1 0 1 0
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 22 1 3 4 12 -8
2003-04 Leksands IF Sweden 14 3 2 5 6
NHL Totals 203 9 13 22 48 25 1 0 1 17


Missed majority of 2001-02 due to back injury vs. Columbus, November 19, 2001. Spent majority of 2002-03 season with Lowell (AHL) as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Leksands IF (Sweden), April 3, 2003.