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Daniel Tjärnqvist
Born October 14, 1976 (1976-10-14) (age 33),

Umeå, Sweden

Height

Weight

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)

Position Defence
Shoots Left

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.


Playing careerEdit

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.[1] 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.[2] Tjärnqvist, a free agent, then spent the 2007–08 season in the Russian Super League reportedly signing with Ak Bars Kazan,[3] 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.[4] Tjärnqvist was used primarily as a reserve defenseman before succumbing to a concussion to end his 2008–09 campaign.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

AwardsEdit

  • 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.

RecordsEdit

  • First Swedish player to win the SM-liiga (1997).

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Rögle SEL 18 0 1 1 2
1995–96 Rögle SEL 22 1 7 8 6
1996–97 Jokerit SM-l 44 3 8 11 4 9 0 3 3 4
1997–98 Djurgårdens IF SEL 40 5 9 14 12 15 1 1 2 2
1998–99 Djurgårdens IF SEL 40 4 3 7 16 4 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Djurgårdens IF SEL 42 3 16 19 8 5 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Djurgårdens IF SEL 45 9 17 26 26 16 6 5 11 2
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 2 16 18 14
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 75 3 12 15 26
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 68 5 15 20 20
2004–05 Djurgårdens IF SEL 49 12 12 24 30 12 2 5 7 10
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 60 3 15 18 32
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 3 12 15 30
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 18 1 2 3 14 8 0 4 4 4
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 2 2 4 8
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 54 3 7 10 26 17 0 3 3 8
NHL totals 352 18 72 90 130

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Sweden
Ice Hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2006 Turin
World Championships
Bronze 2001 Cologne
Bronze 2002 Gothenburg
Silver 2003 Helsinki
Silver 2004 Prague
World Junior Championships
Bronze 1995 Alberta
Silver 1996 Boston
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Sweden WJC 7 0 0 0 2
1996 Sweden WJC 5 2 2 4 0
2000 Sweden WC 7 1 1 2 0
2001 Sweden WC 9 0 6 6 6
2002 Sweden WC 9 3 2 5 0
2003 Sweden WC 8 1 2 3 8
2004 Sweden WC 9 1 1 2 0
2004 Sweden WCH 3 0 0 0 2
2006 Sweden OG 8 2 1 3 4
Junior int'l totals 12 2 2 4 2
Senior int'l totals 53 8 13 21 20

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