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02-12-2008, 10:39 PM
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Pelle Eklund (C)
Golden Puck Award as Swedish Player of the Year (1984)
Swedish Elite League All-Star Team (1984)

Pelle Eklund was an eighth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, 161st overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Eklund grew up in Sweden and played with his country's national team before moving to North America in 1985. It's quite likely he went so low in the draft because teams were uncertain if he would leave his native country to play hockey.

In his rookie NHL season in 1985-86, Eklund played in 70 games, scoring 66 points, including 15 goals. The following year Eklund and the Flyers advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup finals but were defeated in a tough seven-game series by Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers.

Eklund played in at least 70 games in each of his first six years in Philadelphia, while playing in at least 50 games during his last two full seasons with the Flyers. Midway through the 1993-94 season, Eklund was dealt to the Dallas Stars where he played five games.

That marked the end of Eklund's NHL career. He chose to return to his own country to play for Leksands IF of the Swedish Elite league. He played five years with the team before retiring from professional hockey in the spring of 1999 at the age of 36.

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