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Erik Gustafsson
Born March 14, 1992 (1992-03-14) (age 29)
Nynäshamn, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Djurgårdens IF
Frölunda HC
NHL Draft 93rd overall, 2012
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2011–present

Erik Gustafsson (born March 14, 1992) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round (93rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

Erik began playing hockey in Nynäshamns IF before moving to Djurgården's youth organisation. He represented team Stockholm in the 2008 TV-pucken, a national junior tournament, scoring four assists. He played the 2008–09 season with Djurgården's under-18 team.

The following season, Erik played for both the under-18 team and the J20-team. For the 2010–11 season, he had a permanent place in the J20-team which won their division and ended up third in the playoffs. In May of 2011, he extended his contract with Djurgården through the 2013–14 season.

Erik was called to make his Elitserien debut in the league premier against HV71 on September 15, 2011, but he did not receive any time on the ice.

In Erik's second game against Brynäs on September 27, 2011, he made his on-ice debut, playing six minutes of the game. He scored his first Elitserien goal on December 26, 2011 against Fredrik Norrena of Linköpings HC.

On April 4, 2013 (with Djurgården remaining in the Allsvenskan), he left to return to the top level SHL in signing a contract with Frölunda HC.

After two successful seasons establishing himself in the SHL with Frölunda and with his NHL rights from the Edmonton Oilers not retained, Erik signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on April 30, 2015.

During the 2016-17 season with the Rockford IceHogs (the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate), he was named the team's "Defenseman of the Year", pacing defensemen on the team in assists, shots and sharing the lead in points.

Erik began the 2017–18 season with Chicago's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, but he was recalled to the NHL on January 9, 2018.

On January 20, 2018, he scored his first NHL goal and added an assist in a 7–3 loss to the New York Islanders. On March 6, 2018, he signed a two-year contract extension with Chicago.

In the 2018-19 season, Erik had a career-long eight-game assist streak (with 11 assists), lasting from December 27, 2018 to January 12, 2019.

On February 2, 2019, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Minnesota Wild. During the month of February, he had two-plus assists in four straight games, lasting from February 20 to February 27th.

On April 1, 2019, Erik picked up three assists in a game against the Winnipeg Jets, matching his career-high for points & assists in the game. He completed the season with 60 points (with 17 goals & 43 assists).

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF J20 24 0 8 8 26
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF J20 38 2 21 23 104 4 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF J20 21 3 11 14 14
2011–12 Djurgårdens IF SEL 41 3 4 7 16
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF Allsv 49 7 16 23 52 6 1 0 1 30
2013–14 Frölunda HC SHL 50 2 18 20 16
2014–15 Frölunda HC SHL 55 4 25 29 22 12 1 2 3 31
2015–16 Rockford IceHogs AHL 27 3 8 11 38
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 0 14 14 4 5 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Rockford IceHogs AHL 68 5 25 30 40
2017–18 Rockford IceHogs AHL 25 3 14 17 18
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 35 5 11 16 6
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 17 43 60 34
SHL totals 146 9 47 56 54 12 1 2 3 31
NHL totals 155 22 68 90 44 5 0 1 1 0

International[]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2016 Sweden WC 6th 8 0 2 2 0
2018 Sweden WC Template:Goca 6 0 1 1 2
2019 Sweden WC 5th 8 2 2 4 2
Senior totals 22 2 5 7 4

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data SWE Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2018 Denmark

In 2016, Erik played in the 2016 IIHF World Championship where team Sweden finished in 6th place; he played in 8 games and had 2 assists.

He played in the 2018 IIHF World Championship where team Sweden got a gold medal; he played in 6 games and had 1 assist.

A year later, he played in the 2019 IIHF World Championship with team Sweden, where they came in 5th place; he played in 8 games and had 2 assists.

Personal Life[]

Erik has two brothers: an older brother, Joakim (born on February 25, 1989) and a younger brother Glenn (born on September 4, 1998) who also play hockey in Sweden.