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08-12-2012, 01:23 PM
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D Anders Eldebrink

5'11, 190
Shoots Right
Morjärv, Sweden

1984-85 Guldpucken (Elitserien Best Player)
1987-88, 1988-89 Guldhjälmen (Elitserien MVP)
1987 World Championship Gold Medal
1988 Olympic Bronze Medal
1989 World Championship All-Star

105 G, 166 A, 271 Pts in 390 Elitserien GP
3 G, 11 A, 14 Pts in 55 NHL GP
4 G, 6 A, 10 Pts in 8 Olympic GP
13 G, 11 A, 24 Pts in 51 WC GP
2 G, 6 A, 8 Pts in 14 Canada Cup GP
68 G, 112 A, 180 Pts in 168 NLA GP

International Hockey Legends:
Anders Eldebrink never made an impact in the NHL but he was a key cog on the Swedish national team for the entire 1980's and is extremely well respected back in Sweden. He was voted as the best left-side defenseman in Swedish hockey history by Swedish hockey fans in 1995.

Anders would admit that regreted that he hadn't stayed in Sweden for a longer time.

"I went over to North America way too early. I wasn't mature enough and I guess I had too much respect. I also never got much icetime from neither Harry Neale or Roger Neilson," he said of the Canucks coaches.

Although his NHL career was over early on, he went on to become a dominant force on the Swedish national team and in the Swedish Elite league for many years. Anders developed into a lethal powerplay specialist with a deadly shot. His offensive play was his strongest weapon. He was a great puck handler and a very mobile defenseman. He was always among the highest scoring defensemen in the Swedish league. In 1985 he led his Södertälje team to the Swedish title.

His finest moments though came when he put on the Swedish national team jersey. He participated in six World Championships, two Canada Cups and one Olympic tournament. Anders especially excelled when Sweden became the World Champions in 1987. Although he didn't make the All-Star team, most people considered Anders to be the best defenseman of the tournament. He was +14 in the tournament and played extremely well in both ends of the ice.

At a dinner party after the Swedes had won the Gold he got a fine acknowledgement from two Russian giants, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov.

"It was really nice to hear both Fetisov and Kasatonov say that they thought I was the best defenseman in the tournament. To hear it from two such great players made me proud," Anders said.

That 1987 tournament was one of Anders highlights during his playing career.

"The feeling when the national anthem was played after we had won the Gold can't be described" Anders said. "It sent shivers down my spine. I was extremely proud to be a Swede at that moment."

In 1988 Anders won the "player of the year" award in Sweden. In 1989 he eventually got some personal revenge as he made the World All-Star team (World Championships).
Legends of Hockey
Anders Eldebrink wasn't a big man physically, but many considered him a giant among hockey players. His strength and powerful shooting ability contributed to many victories for his local team, Sodertalje, and Sweden's national team. Although Eldebrink wasn't voted best defenseman at the 1987 World Championship in Vienna, at the farewell party at city hall in honor of Tre Kronor's first victory in 25 years, Russian player Viacheslav Fetisov told him he was, in his opinion, the tournament's best defenseman. That assessment meant more to Eldebrink than many of his other honors.

In Sweden, many still believe that Eldebrink was the country's top defenseman during the 1980s. In the 1987-88 season, he won Olympic bronze in Calgary, where he was the Swedish team's best scorer, and placed third in the Canada Cup. Then he played 27 games for Tre Kronor, scoring 10 goals plus 11 assists, an achievement as good as any forward's. In the 1988-89 season, he was the first Swedish player to be awarded the Golden Helmet prize established by Hockey magazine to honor the most valuable player of the Elite Series, Sweden's major league. He played his 100th game on the national team against the USSR on August 29 of that year in Calgary, where Sweden won 5-3.

Eldebrink was a defenseman with brilliant shooting technique combined with an instant readiness to back his forward on offense and to make an accurate and timely pass. Swedish coach Tommy Sandlin considered him the world's best defenseman and honored Eldebrink by including him on the national team many times.
Challe Berglund (quote originally posted by jkrx)
It was fantastic. It was a bit tough to get there because I was supposed to replace Anders Eldebrink as a foreigner on the team - he and Mikael Johansson played there that - and the team had won three straight championships. Anders was almost like a god down there [Switzerland], so it was not easy
L-G Pettersson (quote originally posted by jkrx)
There were many good leader types in the team like Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, Hakan Loob and Anders Eldebrink

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