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Best to Wear # 17 – Patrik Sundstrom

Patrik Sundstrom, Best To Wear #17NUMBER: 17
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
WEIGHT: 200
POSITION: Center
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: December 14, 1961
BIRTHPLACE: Skelleftea, Sweden

Patrik Sundstrom was acquired by the New Jersey Devils in 1988 from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Greg Adams and Kirk McLean.

Sundstrom had a solid first season with the Devils, but it was his postseason that was unbelievable. In game three of the Patrick Division finals against the Capitals, he set a NHL record for points in a playoff game with 8 points. He finished that postseason with 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists). The record still stands today.

Sundstrom’s offensive numbers started to slump due to numerous injuries and he eventually signed with a hockey club in his homeland of Sweden and finished his hockey career there.

Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
305 86 160 246 23 168 34 4 5 536 16.0%

Best to Wear # 6 – Tommy Albelin

Tommy AlbelinNUMBER: 6
HEIGHT: 6′ 2″
WEIGHT: 195
POSITION: Defenseman
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: May 21, 1964
BIRTHPLACE: Stockholm, Sweden

With over 50 percent of the vote, the Devils Army voted for Tommy Albelin to be the best player to ever wear the number six for the New Jersey Devils.

Albelin was originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, 152nd overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Nordiques for a year and a half before he was traded to the New Jersey Devils during the 1988-89 season.

Albelin proved to be a key part of the 1995 Stanley Cup winning team with the Devils, but he was traded to Calgary during the 1996 season.

After spending five and a half seasons with the Flames organization, Albelin re-joined the Devils and led them to another Stanley Cup win in 2003.

Albelin officially retired in 2007.

Besides his two Stanley Cup rings, Albelin has also served his home country proud playing in several tournaments: 1998 Olympic Winter Games, 1996 World Cup, five World championships, two World Junior championships and two Canada Cup tournaments. Albelin was also selected to serve as an Assistant Coach for Sweden at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Currently, Albelin can be found as an Assistant Coach for the Albany Devils of the AHL.

Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
952 44 211 255 52 417 16 3 8 1,137 3.9%

This week in IIHF World Championship

Patrick Elias, Czech Republic IIHF Championship

Patrick Elias, Czech Republic

The IIHF World Championship continued this week and even though Team USA is out, we’ve still got a few guys to root for.

This week opened up on Wednesday with the Czech Republic’s shut out win over the United States sending Mark Fayne and Nick Palmieri home.

Mattias Tedenby helped Sweden knock down Czech Republic, and Patrick Elias’ two goals, with an assist during their 5-2 win on Friday. Sweden will now face Finland with Anssi Salmela for the Gold medal on Sunday in Bratislava.

Including Elias’ two goals on Friday, he has put up four goals and five assists overall, leading the team with nine points in eight games.

Salmela and Finland shut out Russia 3-0, leaving Ilya Kovalchuk battling Elias and the Czech Republic for Bronze. Kovy scored the game winning goal in Russia’s victory over Canada (sorry Zajac!), it was his first goal of the tournament. He has earned six points in eight games with one goal and five assists.

The final games will both be played on Sunday, May 15th. The battle for Bronze will be at 10AM ET and Gold at 2:30PM ET.

Here’s this weeks breakdown.

Wednesday, May 11 
Czech Republic 4, USA 0 –  Elias, 2 SOG
Sweden 5, Germany 2

Thursday, May 12 
Finland 4, Norway 1 – Salmela, 4 SOG
Russia 2, Canada 1 – Kovalchuk, GWG

Friday, May 13
Sweden 5, Czech Republic 2 – Elias, 2g; Tedenby, 1a
Finland 3, Russia 0

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