|Born||October 14, 1976 (1976-10-14) (age 33),
|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Daniel Tjärnqvist (born 14 October 1976 in Umeå, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey defenceman for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. Daniel's younger brother, Mathias, is a forward for Swedish SEL club Djurgårdens IF.
Tjärnqvist is considered a smart player who plays safe and is a good two-way defenceman. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers as their fourth-round pick, 88th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft however never played a game for the team.
After four years with Djurgården in Swedish Elitserien, Tjärnqvist spent three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers in the National Hockey League; after the lockout he has played for the Minnesota Wild.
On July 6, 2006, Tjärnqvist signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Daniel established himself in the Oilers defense until he was beset with a pubic bone injury, missing the majority of the 2006–07 NHL season. Tjärnqvist, a free agent, then spent the 2007–08 season in the Russian Super League reportedly signing with Ak Bars Kazan, before formally signing a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
On July 3, 2008, with the option to remain in Russia, Tjärnqvist instead came back for a second stint in the NHL, signing a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Tjärnqvist was used primarily as a reserve defenseman before succumbing to a concussion to end his 2008–09 campaign.
On May 24, 2009, Tjärnqvist signed a one-year contract to return to Russia with previous team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL for the 2009–10 season. Establishing himself as Lokomotiv's best defensive defender, he appeared in 54 games, notching 10 points and adding 3 more in Yaroslavl's run to the Western Conference finals. On June 18, 2010, he was re-signed by the KHL team to a further one-year deal.
- SM-liiga champion with Jokerit in 1997.
- Elitserien playoff winner with Djurgården in 2000 and 2001.
- World Championship's Best Defenceman in 2002.
- Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics.
- First Swedish player to win the SM-liiga (1997).
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|Competitor for Sweden|
|World Junior Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||12||2||2||4||2|
|Senior int'l totals||53||8||13||21||20|