Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Blackhawks - Defenseman
NUMBER: 4
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
WEIGHT: 207
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 06/06/1987
AGE: 26
BIRTHPLACE: Eksjo, SWE
DRAFTED: CHI: 2005-108 overall

CAREER

2012-13:
Split the season between Chicago and Italy’s Bolzano Foxes … Registered 10 points (2G, 8A) in 46 regular-season games with Chicago … Recorded a career-high +15 plus/minus rating … Tallied 22 penalty minutes … Ranked second on the club with 94 blocked shots … Posted a season-best +3 rating on Jan. 26 at CBJ … Skated in a season-high 25:42 (regular season) on Feb. 2 at CGY … Equaled a career-high two points (1G, 1A) and earned his 50th career point on Feb. 15 vs. SJS … Tallied a season-most four shots on goal on March 5 vs. MIN ... Skated in his 300th career game on April 12 vs. DET … Notched five assists in 23 playoff tilts en route to the 2013 Stanley Cup championship … Shared second among league defensemen with a postseason career-best +10 rating … Ranked fourth in the NHL and second on the club with 42 blocked shots … Skated in a career-high 39:38 TOI (regular and postseason) in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 12 vs. BOS ... Ranked seventh on Bolzano with 22 points (6G, 16A) in 18 regular-season games … Posted eight power-play points and 8 PIM … Registered four assists in three games with Bolzano in the Continental Cup.

2011-12: Notched 15 points (1G, 14A) in 69 regular-season contests … Finished second on the Blackhawks with 142 blocked shots … Ranked third among club blueliners with a +9 rating … Registered a career-high 65 shots on goal … Recorded five or more blocked shots in four contests … Logged a regular-season career-high 26:04 TOI on March 27 at NJD … Tallied a season-high two assists on Feb. 2 against EDM, his only multi-point showing of the season … Netted his only goal of the season against CGY on Dec. 18 … Registered a season-high seven blocked shots at STL on Dec. 3 … Tallied an assist and fired a season-best 4 SOG at CBJ on Nov. 10 … Missed 13 regular-season games (Feb. 10-21; Feb. 25-March 6) due to injury … Tallied one assist in six postseason appearances vs. PHX in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

2010-11: Netted a career-high three goals and added seven assists in 80 regular-season games … Ranked third on the club with a +13 rating … Compiled a +22 rating over his final 60 contests of the year … Finished 13th in the NHL with a team-high 166 blocked shots … Accrued a career-high 39 PIM … Blocked a season-high five shots on Feb. 1 at CBJ ... Registered his second career regular-season multi-point game (1G, 1A) on Jan. 9 vs. NYI ... Collected two assists in seven games in the WCQF vs. VAN … Paced club blueliners and ranked second among Chicago skaters with a +4 rating … Earned an assist on the overtime game-winning goal in Game 6 vs. VAN on April 24 … Led the Blackhawks with 2:06 of shorthanded TOI per game in the series.

2009-10: Posted career highs in assists (15) and points (17) in 77 regular-season games in his first full NHL season … Tallied 20 PIM and a +9 rating … Ranked third on the team with 137 blocked shots … Registered the first multi-point game of his NHL career (2A) on March 31 at MIN ... Collected the first GWG of his NHL career on March 3 vs. EDM … Ranked third among club defensemen with a postseason career-best eight points (1G, 7A) in 22 contests while helping Chicago win the 2010 Stanley Cup championship … Tied for fifth in the NHL with a +9 rating in the postseason … Ranked third on the Blackhawks with an average of 21:00 TOI during the playoffs … Tied for the club lead and ranked sixth in the league with 54 blocked shots … Netted his first career postseason goal and added an assist in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 24 against NSH … Collected a playoff career-best two assists in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 29 against PHI.

2008-09: Appeared in 21 regular-season games with the Blackhawks over three recalls, notching three points (1G, 2A) and a +4 rating … Dressed in 19 of Chicago’s final 20 regular-season games after being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs on March 4 … Recorded the first goal of his NHL career 16 seconds into the April 11 matchup at DET … Tallied his first point of the season (1A) and logged a season-high 25:33 on March 25 vs. SJS … Appeared in all 17 contests during his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, posting one assist and 6 PIM … Paced NHL rookie defensemen and ranked second on the squad with 31 blocked shots … Tallied his first career postseason point with an assist on April 25 against CGY in Game 5 of the WCQF ... Recorded a playoff-best five blocked shots twice … Notched 15 assists, 18 points, a +12 rating and 53 PIM in 52 regular-season games with Rockford … Missed seven games (Oct. 15-25) due to injury.

2007-08: Made his professional debut, splitting the season between the Blackhawks and Rockford … Dished out one assist and posted 13 PIM in 13 regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks … Recorded his first NHL point (1A) and a +3 rating on March 23 vs. STL … Appeared in 47 regular-season contests with Rockford, registering nine assists, 13 points and 31 PIM … Accrued four helpers and 8 PIM in 12 Calder Cup Playoffs contests with the IceHogs.

2006-07: Skated in 37 games for HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League, posting two goals and 24 PIM.

2005-06: Recorded three points (1G, 2A) in four contests with HV 71 Jonkoping.

2004-05: Made his Swedish Elite League debut and was held without a point in 14 contests.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER:
Represented Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship, tallying three assists in eight games … Registered three points (2G, 1A) and 4 PIM in seven appearances at the 2007 World Junior Championship, serving as alternate captain for Team Sweden in the tournament … Logged a goal, four assists and 6 PIM in seven games at the 2005 U18 World Junior Championship.