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Marcus Krüger (born on May 27, 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player, currently a centre for the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Playing Career in SwedenEdit

Before joining the Blackhawks, Krüger previously played for Stockholm-based Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Elite League.

On October 18, 2009, he was announced as the first of four nominees for the 2009–10 Elitserien "Rookie of the Year" after starting the season with five goals and 11 assists in just 13 games.

NHL Playing CareerEdit

In June of 2010, Krüger signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he opted to stay with Djurgården during the first year of the contract. He was later recalled from Djurgården to Chicago on March 23, 2011. His first full season with the Blackhawks was in 2011–12, when he played in 71 games with the club, scoring nine goals and adding 17 assists.

On April 9, 2013 (in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals), Krüger scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal which happened to be the game winner, against Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding. The Blackhawks eventually won the 2013 Stanley Cup,[6] with Krüger contributing three goals during the team's run.

After his playoff success with the team, Kruger signed a two year extension with the Blackhawks on July 12, 2013. He scored eight goals along with 20 assists in 81 games for Chicago during the 2013–14 NHL season. On May 19, 2015, he scored the game winning triple overtime away goal to tie the Western Conference finals 1-1 against the Anaheim Ducks.

On September 11, 2015, Krüger signed a one-year, 1.5 million dollar contract to stay with the Blackhawks for the 2015–16 season. On December 17, 2015, he dislocated his wrist in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. He was projected to miss at-least four months while recovering from the injury.

On February 27, 2016, the Blackhawks announced that Krüger would be switching his number to #22 in order for his new teammate acquired from the Winnipeg Jets, Andrew Ladd to keep his traditional #16. He later returned to #16 after Ladd left the Blackhawks to sign with the New York Islanders.

On March 9, 2016, the Blackhawks signed Krüger to a three-year, $9.25 million contract extension that runs through the 2018–19 season.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF J20 22 3 13 16 16 7 5 3 8 0
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF SEL 15 2 2 4 2
2008–09 Djurgårdens IF J20 34 9 30 39 24 6 1 5 6 2
2009–10 Djurgårdens IF SEL 38 11 20 31 14 16 3 7 10 6
2010–11 Djurgårdens IF SEL 52 6 29 35 52 3 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 0 0 4 5 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 9 17 26 22 6 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 34 8 14 22 24
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 4 9 13 24 23 3 2 5 2
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 8 20 28 36 19 1 3 4 6
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 7 10 17 32 23 2 2 4 4
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 0 4 4 24 7 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 5 12 17 34 4 0 1 1 2
SHL totals 105 19 51 70 68 19 3 8 11 6
NHL totals 398 33 72 105 176 87 6 10 16 14

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WJC Template:Brca 60662
2011 Sweden WC Template:Sica 921310
2012 Sweden WC 6th 83256
2014 Sweden OG Template:Sica 6 0 0 0 4
2016 Sweden WCH Template:Brca 40000
Junior totals 60662
Senior totals 2753820

International PlayEdit

Krüger has represented Sweden three times in international play. At the junior level, he helped his country capture a bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

After graduating to the senior level, Kruger has played for Sweden twice in 2011 (finishing with a silver medal) & 2012 and he also represented Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

After several injuries to the team's centremen, he played on Sweden's first line in the tournament final against Canada, which the Swedes lost, 3–0.

AccoladesEdit

  • Stanley Cup Champion (2013 & 2015)

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