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Position Defense
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg/14 st 9 lb)
ALIH Team
F. teams
Oji Paper
New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
Nationality 22x20px Sweden
Born August 24, 1969 (1969-08-24) (age 47),
Ostersund, SWE
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 1987
New Jersey Devils
Pro career 1988 – present

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Ricard Persson (Born August 24, 1969 in Ostersund, Sweden) is a professional hockey player currently with Oji Paper of the Asian League. Persson played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, and Ottawa Senators.

Playing CareerEdit

Persson was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 2nd round, 23rd overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Rather than join the Devils though Persson chose to stay in his native Sweden where he played in the Swedish Elite League. Persson played 7 years in the SEL, 5 with Leksands IF and 2 with Malmo IF. The 1994–1995 season finally saw Persson arrive to North America when he joined the Albany River Rats of the AHL for the playoffs after finishing the regular season in Sweden.

Persson then played the majority of the following season with the River Rats but also made his NHL debut with the Devils, appearing in 12 games. The 1996–1997 season saw Persson start the year off with the River Rats, along with one game with the Devils, before he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. With the Blues Persson had a chance to crack the starting lineup. He played the majority of his NHL career with the Blues but thanks to injuries and numerous stints with the Blues minor league affiliate Worcester IceCats never played more than 54 games in a season.

Prior to the 2000–2001 season Persson signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators. During his first year though he missed the majority of the games due to an ankle injury, and the following season he was a healthy reserve for the majority of the season. After taking a foolish penalty for a check on Tie Domi, he was widely blamed for the Senators' losing a playoff series to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and ending the Senators hope for a Stanley Cup that season.

Following his 2 years with the Senators Perrson played in Germany with the Berlin Polar Bears for 3 years. He currently plays with Oji Paper in Japan previously for Klagenfurt AC in Austria, a team he joined prior to the 2005–2006 season.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987-88 Leksands IF SEL 21 2 0 2 8 2 0 1 1 2
1988-89 Leksands IF SEL 33 2 4 6 28 9 0 1 1 6
1989-90 Leksands IF SEL 40 9 10 19 56 3 0 0 0 6
1990-91 Leksands IF SEL 19 3 4 7 20 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Leksands IF SEL 21 0 7 7 28 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Leksands IF SEL 36 7 15 22 56 2 0 2 2 0
1993-94 Malmo IF Redhawks SEL 40 11 9 20 38 11 2 0 2 12
1994-95 Malmo IF Redhawks SEL 31 3 13 16 34 9 0 2 2 8
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL -- -- -- -- -- 9 3 5 8 7
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 67 15 31 46 59 4 0 0 0 7
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 12 2 1 3 8 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 13 1 4 5 8 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 4 8 12 45 6 0 0 0 27
1997-98 Worcester IceCats AHL 32 2 16 18 58 10 3 7 10 24
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Worcester IceCats AHL 19 6 4 10 42 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 1 12 13 94 13 0 3 3 17
1999-00 Worcester IceCats AHL 2 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 0 8 8 38 3 1 0 1 0
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 1 8 9 35 2 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 34 2 7 9 42 2 0 0 0 15
2002-03 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 42 11 24 35 80 9 1 5 6 2
2003-04 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 25 6 7 13 36 11 3 5 8 10
2004-05 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 52 4 14 18 40 12 0 1 1 4
2005-06 Klagenfurt AC EBEL 48 17 18 35 40 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Klagenfurt AC EBEL 36 7 14 21 98 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Oji Paper ALH 30 11 17 28 54 9 4 7 11 24
NHL Totals 229 10 44 54 262 26 1 3 4 59

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for 22x20px Sweden
World Junior Championships
Silver 1989 Anchorage Ice hockey

Played for Sweden in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1988 Sweden WJC 7 2 5 7 12
1989 Sweden WJC 7 3 6 9 10
2000 Sweden WC 7 0 0 0 6
Junior int'l totals 14 5 11 16 22
Senior int'l totals 7 0 0 0 6

ReferencesEdit

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