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Marcus Kruger
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Born 27 May 1990 (1990-05-27) (age 27)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Djurgårdens IF
Chicago Blackhawks
National team Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
NHL Draft 149th overall, 2009
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2009–present

Marcus Kruger (born on May 27, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centreman currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He is a double Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.

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

He represents Sweden in international play, helping his country capture a bronze medal at the junior level and a silver medal in senior international play.

Playing CareerEdit

SwedenEdit

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

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Marcus signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in June of 2010, but 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 the 2011–12 season 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 Quarterfinals, he 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 with Marcus contributing three goals during the team's run. After his playoff success with the team, he signed a two-year extension with the Blackhawks on July 12, 2013.

During the 2013-14 season, he scored eight goals along with 20 assists in 81 games for Chicago.

On May 19, 2015, Marcus scored the game winning triple overtime away goal to tie the Western Conference finals 1–1 against the Anaheim Ducks

On September 11, 2015, he signed a one-year, 1.5 million dollar contract to remain with the Blackhawks for the 2015–16 season.

On December 17, 2015, Marcus 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 Marcus would be switching his number to 22 in order for his new teammate acquired from the Winnipeg Jets, Andrew Ladd to keep his traditional number 16.

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

Carolina HurricanesEdit

After completing his seventh season with the Blackhawks, Marcus was long rumoured as a candidate to be traded away due to considerable salary cap constraints.

With a reported deal to the Vegas Golden Knights pre-dating the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft for draft considerations, he surprisingly remained with Chicago through to the opening of free agency.

On July 2, 2017, he was dealt by the Blackhawks to the Golden Knights in exchange for future considerations.

On July 4, 2017, Marcus was then moved on by the Golden Knights in a trade to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5th-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

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
2017 Sweden WC Template:Goca 100336
Junior totals 60662
Senior totals 37561126

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Template:SWE
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold 2017 Germany/France
Silver 2011 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2010 Canada

Marcus 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, he has played for Sweden twice, in 2011 (finishing with a silver medal) and 2012.

Marcus 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 in which the Swedes lost, 3–0.

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