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Mikkel Boedker
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Born 16 December 1989 (1989-12-16) (age 29)
Brondby, Denmark
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Arizona Coyotes
National team Template:Country data Denmark
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2008
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2006–present

Mikkel Boedker (born on December 16, 1989) is a Danish professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected eighth overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest-ever drafted Danish player.

Playing CareerEdit

Mikkel was brought up in the highly-regarded youth hockey program of Rødovre SIK. In 2005 at the age of 15, he moved to Frölunda HC in Sweden, where he played on Frölunda's junior team.

He had an impressive 2006–07 season with 49 points (19 goals and 30 assists) in 39 games. The team won the national junior championships and Bødker also made his debut with the men's team in the Swedish Elite League.

After the season, Mikkel was drafted by the Kitchener Rangers in the 2007 CHL Import Draft and he joined the team for the 2007–08 season. He had a successful first season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he played on the Rangers' second line. He scored 29 goals and 44 assists for a total of 73 points in 62 regular season games.

In the playoffs, Mikkel enjoyed even more success, with 35 points in 20 games en route to helping the Rangers winning the OHL playoff championship. In the Memorial Cup, he had six points in five games as the Rangers finished runner-up, losing in the finals to the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Spokane Chiefs.

He scored his first NHL goal on October 12, 2008, against Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks.

Mikkel also played in the NHL YoungStars Game in 2009 at the year's All-Star weekend festivities in Montreal, Quebec.

In the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, he had an impressive showing, scoring two straight overtime-winning goals in Games 3 and 4 of the first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Coyotes would go on to a franchise-record-setting playoff run to the Western Conference Finals, where the team ultimately lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in five games. Mikkel scored four goals and four assists during the Coyotes' playoff run.

On October 15, 2014, Mikkel scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Edmonton Oilers to lead the Coyotes to the 7–4 victory.

Following the 2014–15 NHL season, he became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Arizona Coyotes made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights. On July 5, 2015, Mikkel filed for salary arbitration.

In the 2015–16 season, Mikkel became the first player ever to record two hat tricks in one season against the Ottawa Senators.

His first came against the Senators in Ottawa on October 24, 2015 in a 4–1 win. His second hat trick against the Senators came on November 28, 2015 in Arizona in a 4–3 win.

On February 29, 2016, he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley and prospect Kyle Wood.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Frölunda HC J20 37981722 21230
2006–07 Frölunda HC J20 3919304914 865116
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 20000
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 6229447314 20926352
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7811172818
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 141230
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 641127384
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 361222348
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34410148 40 1 1 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8211132412 164480
2012–13 Lukko SM-l 2921123310
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 487192612
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8219325120
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 451414286
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 6213263910
NHL totals 445 80 133 213 86 20 4 5 9 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Denmark WJC18 10th 6 1 1 2 6
2006 Denmark WJC18 13th 5 2 2 4 4
2006 Denmark WJC 14th 5 1 3 4 2
2007 Denmark WJC18 11th 5 4 7 11 4
2007 Denmark WJC 11th 5 1 0 1 14
2008 Denmark WJC 10th 6 2 4 6 2
2009 Denmark WC 13th 6 3 1 4 4
2011 Denmark WC 11th 6 3 1 4 2
2013 Denmark WC 12th 7 0 3 3 0
2014 Denmark WC 13th 7 2 2 4 2
Junior totals 26 9 13 22 30
Senior totals 26 8 7 15 8

International PlayEdit

Mikkel's older brother, Mads is a defenceman with Rögle BK in the Swedish second tier league HockeyAllsvenskan and a regular player with the Danish national team.

The two brothers teamed up on the Danish junior national team at the 2007 Division I World Junior Championships and helped Denmark gain promotion to the top division for the first time.

Playing against opponents up to two years older, Mikkel scored one goal in five games. He played for Denmark again at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He finished second in team scoring behind Lars Eller, notching two goals and four assists in six games.

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