Tidbits About Stanley Cup Hero Patric HörnqvistJune 12, 2017
Swede Patric Hörnqvist scored the game – and series – clinching goal with 1:35 to play in the final period Sunday night as Pittsburgh slipped past Nashville to capture its second straight Stanley Cup.
Here are a few things about the Penguins’ hero.
- Hörnqvist originally was drafted by Nashville, spending six years with the Predators before being traded to Pittsburgh with Nick Spaling for James Neal.
- He was the last player drafted in the 2005 NHL Draft and was one of 12 Swedes drafted that year.
- He’s one of three Swedes on the Penguins roster, joining Oskar Sundqvist and Carl Hagelin, who scored an empty-net goal with 13.5 seconds left in Sunday’s 2-0 win.
- According to com, he met his wife when she was a figure skater at the rink he played in growing up in Sweden. He and Malin have a three-year-old daughter named Isabella.
- In that same piece, Hörnqvist said he can’t live without coffee, especially on game days.
- He missed six games in the Eastern Conference final before returning for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Would you like to see other Swedes in the NHL? Check out our profile on the Washington Capitals’ André Burakovsky.