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Victor Hedman
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Born December 18, 1990 (1990-12-18) (age 28)
Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Modo Hockey (SHL)
Barys Astana (KHL)
National team Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2007–present

Victor Hedman (born Victor Erik Olof Hedman on December 18, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted second overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Victor has drawn comparisons to Chris Pronger, who has a similar physique and was also drafted second overall.

Playing CareerEdit

Playing Career in SwedenEdit

Victor began his junior hockey career in the Swedish J20 SuperElit with the Modo Hockey organization.

He recorded 25 points in 34 games during his first full season in the league in 2006–07.

Victor then turned pro and joined the Elitserien with Modo when he was 16 years old.

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Victor was ranked first overall among all draft-eligible skaters in the International Scouting Services' preliminary rankings.

In the same season, he was nominated as the SHL Rookie of the Year.

Following Victor's performance at the 2009 World Junior Championships, he was listed atop the rankings of European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Despite the unlikelihood of Hedman playing in Russia, he was drafted 83rd overall by the Kontinental Hockey League's Spartak Moscow on June 1, 2009.

Going into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Victor was listed as the number two ranked player and top European player which led to him being selected second overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay LightningEdit

On October 3, 2009, Victor made his NHL debut for the Lightning against the Atlanta Thrashers where he registered his first point as an assist on a Martin St. Louis goal.

On December 5, 2009, he scored his first NHL goal against Dwayne Roloson of the New York Islanders.

On January 5, 2011, Victor checked Sidney Crosby from behind and received a minor boarding penalty.

The hit was one of two that were blamed for causing a severe concussion on Crosby that kept him out of play for over a year.

On November 29, 2011, he signed a 5-year, $20 million contract extension.

On September 25, 2012, it was announced that Victor signed a contract with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the remainder of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPts+/−PIMGPGAPts+/−PIM
2005–06 Modo Hockey J20 10011+58
2006–07 Modo Hockey J20 34131225+1730 5112+244
2007–08 Modo Hockey J20 6213026 3202−24
2007–08 Modo Hockey SHL 39224+144 5101−24
2008–09 Modo Hockey J20 2022+110 501102
2008–09 Modo Hockey SHL 4371421+2152
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7441620-379
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7932326+370 1806608
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 6151823-965
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 2612021+1870
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4441620+131
NHL totals 258167389-5245 1806608
SHL totals 8291625+2296 5101−24

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event GPGAPts+/−PIM
2007 Sweden Jr. WJC U18 6123+110
2008 Sweden Jr. WJC 6011+54
2008 Sweden Jr. WJC U18 4134−210
2009 Sweden Jr. WJC 6022+46
2010 Sweden WC 9112+56
2012 Sweden WC 8011-114
Junior Int' totals 222810+830
Senior Int' totals 17123+420

Awards & AchievementsEdit

Sweden Hockey AwardsEdit

  • Sweden's Junior of the Year (2009)
  • Elitserien Rookie of the Year (2009)

International Hockey AwardsEdit

  • World U18 All-Star Team (2007 and 2008)
  • World Junior All-Star Team (2008)

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Germany
World Junior Championships
Silver 2009 Ottawa
Silver 2008 Pardubice
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2007 Tampere
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2007 Hodonín

Victor played for Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships, where he helped the team to a silver medal, losing to Team Canada 3–2 in the final and was selected to the tournament All-Star Team.

He later became one of the youngest players to play for Sweden's national men's team when he made his debut when he was 17 years old in an exhibition game against Norway.

Once again, Victor would play for Sweden's national junior team at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa where he met Canada for the second consecutive year in the gold medal game, earning another silver medal in a 5–1 loss.

Personal LifeEdit

Victor has two older brothers: Oscar and Johan. Oscar plays for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Hockey League, but Johan doesn't play at professional level.

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