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Encyclopedia > Markus Näslund
Markus Näslund

Markus Näslund (born July 30, 1973, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a professional ice hockey player. Markus Näslund Template:Pd-user File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Markus Näslund Template:Pd-user File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... July 30 is the 211th day (212th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 154 days remaining. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Örnsköldsvik is a town and a 6,418. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...

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Playing Career

Näslund had played 9 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks as of 2004. The Pittsburgh Penguins originally drafted Naslund in the first round, 16th overall, in 1991. He was acquired, in what many Canucks fans believe as being the best trade in the organization's history, in exchange for virtual unknown Alek Stojanov on March 20, 1996. Näslund's first two complete seasons with the Canucks were largely uneventful, and he was not a favorite of brief coach Mike Keenan. At the start of the 1997-98 season Keenan scratched Näslund while healthy, and the winger eventually asked the team to trade him; a request, fortunately for Canuck fans, which was never honored. The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a National Hockey League team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Mike Keenan (born October 21, 1949 in Whitby, Ontario) is the current General Manager of the Florida Panthers. ...


The following season, Näslund surprised many people by leading the Canucks in scoring during a rebuilding year for the franchise. His team-high 36 goals and 66 points were vast improvements over the 14 goals and 34 points from the previous season, and would serve as the starting point for Näslund's ascent to NHL superstardom. His breakthrough season would arrive in 2000-01 when, in a press conference at the Canucks' training camp held that year in Sweden, Näslund was appointed team captain by general manager Brian Burke. He set what were then personal highs (since surpassed considerably) that season in goals and points, and led the Canucks to their first playoff appearance since 1996. His 41-goal, 75-point campaign would be cut short late in the season, however, by a broken leg, which all but shattered the Canucks' hopes of making any headway in the post-season. Brian Burke (born in Providence, Rhode Island) is an executive in the National Hockey League. ...

Näslund rebounded astoundingly well (stastically) from his injury the following season, however, breaking his personal record with a 90-point season which included 40 goals. The season also marked the emergence of new linemate Todd Bertuzzi and the two would go on not only to become close friends, but also arguably the most prolific duo in team history. Once centerman Brendan Morrison became the normal third member of Näslund and Bertuzzi's forward line in 2002-03, the combination formed what was widely considered the top line in the NHL that season, being dubbed the "West Coast Express" (named after Vancouver's commuter rail service of the same name). The line earned the Canucks a great deal of attention during the season, and Näslund would finish 2002-03 with career highs of 48 goals and 104 points, to finish second in NHL scoring. Vancouver Canucks logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Todd Bertuzzi (born February 2, 1975 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the NHL, playing right wing for the Vancouver Canucks. ... Brendan Morrison (born August 15, 1975 in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia) is a professional ice hockey player in the NHL, playing centre for the Vancouver Canucks. ... West Coast Express is British Columbias only interregional commuter rail service, linking Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and Port Moody with Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. ...


That season, stastically Näslund's best, culminated with him winning the prestigious Lester B. Pearson Award, and finishing as first runner-up for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the player deemed most valuable to his team. However, the season also had its share of disappointments for Näslund and his teammates. Fellow countryman Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche edged out Naslund for the overall scoring title with a slim margin of 2 points, with each finishing with 106 and 104 points respectively. Also, Forsberg's linemate, Milan Hejduk claimed the Rocket Richard Trophy, finishing with 50 goals to Näslund's 48. Further adding to the disappointment of many Canucks fans, the Vancouver Canucks lost their final game of the regular season to the Los Angeles Kings, and along with it the Northwest Division Championship, which the Avalanche were awarded for an amazing ninth consecutive season. Näslund apologized after the game in front of a sellout crowd, going as far as saying that the team 'choked.' However, the second-place finish may have been a temporary blessing in disguise, as the Avalanche would be ousted from the playoffs in the first round at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Vancouver, by contrast, knocked off the St. Louis Blues in seven games to advance a round, before being defeated by the same Minnesota squad. The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey Leagues outstanding player in the regular season, as judged by members of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA). ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a National Hockey League team based in Denver, Colorado. ... Milan Hejduk (February 14, 1976 in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche. ... The Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1999 to be awarded annually to the goal-scoring leader during the National Hockey League regular season. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a National Hockey League team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. Founded: 1967 Arena: Staples Center Uniform colors: Purple, black, and silver Logo design: A silver crown outlined in purple Stanley Cups won: Franchise history The Pacific Coast Hockey League had many teams in the... The Minnesota Wild are a National Hockey League team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... The St. ...


Näslund led the Canucks in scoring again in 2003-04, the sixth straight season he had done so, finishing with 35 goals and 84 points. He has inched his way up Vancouver's all-time scoring records, and is easily one of the most popular players in franchise history.


In 2004-05 he represented his hometown team MODO Hockey of the Swedish Elite League during the NHL conflict. MODO Hockey is an ice hockey team in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. ... In Sweden, Elitserien is the name of the highest-level league in various sports. ... A National Hockey League labor dispute in the USA and Canada began in 2004 and, as of May 2005, remains unresolved. ...


Achievements

The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey Leagues outstanding player in the regular season, as judged by members of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA). ...

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990-91 MoDo Örnsköldsvik SEL 32 10 9 19 14 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 MoDo Örnsköldsvik SEL 39 22 18 40 54 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 MoDo Örnsköldsvik SEL 39 22 17 39 67 -- -- -- --
1993-94 Cleveland IHL 5 1 6 7 4 - - - - -
1993-94 Pittsburgh NHL 71 4 7 11 27 -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 Cleveland IHL 7 3 4 7 6 4 1 3 4 8
1994-95 Pittsburgh NHL 14 2 2 4 2 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Pittsburgh NHL 66 19 33 52 36 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Vancouver NHL 10 3 0 3 6 6 1 2 3 8
1996-97 Vancouver NHL 78 21 20 41 30 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Vancouver NHL 76 14 20 34 56 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Vancouver NHL 80 36 30 66 74 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Vancouver NHL 82 27 38 65 64 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Vancouver NHL 72 41 34 75 58 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Vancouver NHL 81 40 50 90 50 6 1 1 2 2
2002-03 Vancouver NHL 82 48 56 104 52 14 5 9 14 18
2003-04 Vancouver NHL 78 35 49 84 58 7 2 7 9 2
2004-05 MoDo Örnsköldsvik SEL 13 8 9 17 8 6 0 1 1  ?
NHL Totals 790 290 339 629 513 33 9 19 28 30

See also: List of Swedes in sports MODO Hockey is an ice hockey team in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. ... In Sweden, Elitserien is the name of the highest-level league in various sports. ... The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor league professional ice hockey league of the triple-A level in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a National Hockey League team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional sports organization composed of ice hockey teams in the United States and Canada, where it is also known by its French name, Ligue Nationale de Hockey. ... The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor league professional ice hockey league of the triple-A level in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... This is a list of Swedish athletes. ...


International Play

Played for Sweden in:

Year Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2004 WCH 4 0 3 3 0

The first World Cup of Hockey (WCH), or 1996 World Cup of Hockey, replaced the United States of America, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, Russia, and Germany. ... (Redirected from 2002 Winter Olympic Games) The XIX Olympic Winter Games were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... The 2004 World Cup of Hockey is the second World Cup of Hockey (WCH), an international ice hockey tournament. ... For other hockey World Cups, see World Cup (hockey) for disambiguation The World Cup of Hockey is the successor to the Canada Cup ice hockey tournament. ...

External link

  • Naslund World (http://www.naslundworld.com/) - Unofficial fan site about Markus Näslund
Preceded by:
Mark Messier
Vancouver Canucks Captains Succeeded by:
(current captain)

 
 

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