Johnny Oduya
Born October 1, 1981 (1981-10-01) (age 39)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Djurgårdens IF
Hammarby IF
Frölunda HC
New Jersey Devils
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Dallas Stars
National team Template:Country data SWE
NHL Draft 221st overall, 2001
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1999–present

Johnny Oduya (born David Johnny Oduya on October 1, 1981) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman of partial Kenyan descent who currently is an unrestricted free agent.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Johnny's first club was Hammarby IF, where he played as a junior. In 2000 at the age of 19, he moved to North America to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He spent one season in North America, splitting time between Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats.

After moving back to Sweden, he played two seasons with Hammarby's pro-team in HockeyAllsvenskan before signing a contract with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Elitserien.

During the two seasons he spent with the team, Johnny was known as an aggressive defenceman and a tough guy. At times, he fought with opposition players and received loads of penalty minutes. However, he was also a very dependable player and played regularly in the Swedish national team during the Euro Hockey Tour.

In the 2005–06 season after he had been dismissed by the NHL team Washington Capitals, Johnny moved to another Swedish team, Frölunda HC. While in Frölunda, he played as a more offensive defenceman scoring eight goals and eleven assists.

The following season, Johnny signed with the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Many expected him to be a minor league player who potentially would get a brief stint or two in the NHL. When several of the Devils' defenders were injured, he got a spot in the lineup. He played surprisingly well in the NHL, sometimes playing around twenty minutes a game.

Johnny played in virtually every Devils game that season except for a few that he missed due to a mid-season injury. However in the playoffs, he wasn't even at the bench when the Devils were defeated in the second round. The reason for Johnny being benched was mostly due to Andy Greene who stepped right into the lineup out of college.

Johnny was named to the 2010 Winter Olympics as a member of the Swedish men's ice hockey team.

On February 4, 2010, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela.

On February 27, 2012, Johnny was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In October of 2012 during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to play for the local team the Flying Farangs in the 18th Annual "Land of Smiles" Hockey tournament. He carried his team to the championship against Abu-Dhabi and helped bring home Bangkok's first title in tournament history.

In June of 2013, Johnny won his first Stanley Cup ring with the Chicago Blackhawks who defeated the Boston Bruins in six games during the Stanley Cup Finals. On June 15, 2015, he won his second Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.

After four seasons with the Blackhawks, Johnny left the team as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 15, 2015.

On February 28, 2017 (during the final year of his contract with the Stars in the 2016–17 season, he was traded back to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth round draft pick.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Hammarby IF J20 32 3 18 21 48 6 1 2 3 4
1999–00 Hammarby IF Allsv 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 44 11 38 49 147
2000–01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 24 3 16 19 112 13 4 9 13 10
2001–02 Hammarby IF Allsv 46 11 14 25 66 2 1 0 1 4
2002–03 Hammarby IF Allsv 38 8 20 28 162 10 7 5 12 38
2003–04 Djurgårdens IF SEL 42 4 4 8 173 4 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 49 2 4 6 139 12 0 2 2 39
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 47 8 11 19 95 17 1 2 3 16
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 2 9 11 61 6 0 1 1 6
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 6 20 26 46 5 0 1 1 6
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 7 22 29 30 7 0 0 0 2
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 40 2 2 4 18
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 27 1 8 9 12
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 2 15 17 22
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 63 2 11 13 33
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 18 1 4 5 0 6 0 3 3 0
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 48 3 9 12 10 23 3 5 8 16
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 3 13 16 38 19 2 5 7 8
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 2 8 10 26 23 0 5 5 6
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 82 4 17 21 26 13 1 2 3 2
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 82 4 17 21 26 13 1 2 3 2
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 37 1 6 7 10
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 1 1 2 8 4 0 0 0 0
SHL totals 138 14 19 33 407 33 1 4 5 61
NHL totals 798 37 145 182 340 106 6 22 28 46

International[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Bronze 2009 Kloten
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Sweden WC Template:Brca 5 3 1 4 2
2010 Sweden OG 5th 4 0 0 0 12
2014 Sweden OG Template:Sica 6 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 15 3 2 5 14

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Johnny is the younger brother of the late Fredrik Oduya, who was a former NHL draftee. In the summer of 2011, Frederik passed away in a motorcycle accident.

His father's surname Oduya was from Kenya (which belonged to the ethnic group of Luo). He married a Swedish woman and had two sons.

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