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Niklas Hjalmarsson
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Defenseman  - CHI
(JAHL-muhr-suhn)
Number: 4
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 197
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 6, 1987  (Age 27)
Birthplace: Eksjo, Sweden
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Drafted: CHI / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (108th overall)

2013-14: Set career highs in every offensive category, tallying four goals, 22 assists and 26 points in 81 regular-season games … Recorded a career-high 98 shots on goal ... Led the team with 157 blocked shots … Tied a career best with two assists on Oct. 1 vs. WSH … Blocked a season-high seven shots on Oct. 15 vs. CAR … Netted his first career shorthanded goal on Nov. 9 at DAL … Posted a career-high six shots on goal Jan. 14 vs. COL … Skated in a regular-season career-high 27:35 on April 3 vs. MIN ... Recorded four assists in 19 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs games … Ranked third on the team with 22:57 of average ice time … Ranked second in the NHL with a team-high 57 blocked shots … Ranked fourth on the club with 57:49 of total shorthanded ice time.

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 … Ranked second on the club with 94 blocked shots … Skated in a season-high 25:42 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 ... 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 … Notched five assists in 23 playoff tilts en route to the 2013 Stanley Cup championship … Ranked fourth in the NHL and second on the club with 42 blocked shots … Skated in a postseason career-high 39:38 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 12 vs. BOS.

2011-12:
Notched 15 points (1G, 14A) in 69 regular-season contests with Chicago … Finished second on the team with 142 blocked shots … Recorded five or more blocked shots in four contests … Logged a season-high 26:04 of ice time on March 27 at NJD … Tallied a season-high two assists on Feb. 2 vs. EDM for his only multi-point showing of the season … Netted his only goal of the season vs. 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 due to injury (Feb. 10-21; Feb. 25-March 6) … Tallied one assist in six postseason appearances vs. ARI in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

2010-11:
Posted a career-high three goals and seven assists in 80 regular-season games … 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 2011 WCQF vs. VAN … Earned an assist on the overtime GWG in Game 6 on April 24 … Led the Blackhawks with 2:06 of shorthanded TOI per game in the series.

2009-10:
Posted 17 points (2G, 15A) and 20 PIM in 77 regular-season games in his first full NHL season … Ranked third on the team with 137 blocked shots … Registered his first NHL multi-point game (2A) on March 31 at MIN ... Scored his first career GWG 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 … Ranked third on the team with an average playoff TOI of 21:00 … Tied for the club lead and ranked sixth in the NHL with 54 blocked shots … Netted his first career postseason goal and added an assist in Game 5 of the WCQF on April 24 vs. NSH … Collected a playoff career-best two assists in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 29 vs. PHI.

2008-09:
Appeared in 21 regular-season games with Chicago over three recalls, notching three points (1G, 2A) … Dressed in 19 of Chicago’s final 20 regular-season games … Recorded his first NHL goal 16 seconds into the April 11 matchup at DET … Tallied his first point of the season (1A) and logged a season-high 25:33 TOI 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 overall on the team with 31 blocked shots … Tallied his first career postseason point (1A) in Game 5 of the WCQF vs. CGY on April 25 ... Recorded a playoff-best five blocked shots twice … Notched 15 assists, 18 points and 53 PIM in 52 regular-season games with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs … Missed seven games due to injury (Oct. 15-25).

2007-08:
Made his professional debut, splitting the season between Chicago and Rockford … Dished out one assist and posted 13 PIM in 13 regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks … Recorded his first NHL point (1A) 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.

2006-07:
Skated in 37 games for the Swedish Elite League’s HV 71 Jonkoping, 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 scoreless in 14 contests.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Appeared in six games for Team Sweden and earned a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi … Ranked second among Swedish defensemen with 18:20 of ice time per game … Represented Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, tallying three assists in eight games played … 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.