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Niklas Hjalmarsson | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 197
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Niklas Hjalmarsson believes that the Blackhawks are tough to beat because they offensive contributions from several different players.
"That’s huge, especially this deep in the playoffs," Hjalmsarsson said, "to have a deep team, to have different guys contribute each game and not just [Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane] and those guys. They won the game for us." On Saturday, Antoine Vermette scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Kris Versteeg. The Hawks are now one win away from winning another Stanley Cup. Jun 14 - 9:27 AM

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Niklas Hjalmarsson (hand/wrist) was able to play on Sunday.

Hjalmarsson left Friday's contest due to the injury, but he didn't end up missing a full game. He had an assist and was on the ice for 22:33 minutes in Chicago's 4-3 win over Winnipeg.
Mar 30 - 1:35 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson left Friday night's game in the third period with an apparent hand/wrist injury.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville does not believe it is a serious injury but we will have to wait and see. Consider Hjalmarsson day-to-day for now.
Mar 28 - 12:31 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson just wants to move on from Saturday's 4-0 loss to Dallas.

"I don’t think we’ve had too many of these games this year," Hjalmarsson said. "What I can remember, the Minnesota game in Minnesota (a 3-0 loss on Feb. 3) was probably similar to this one, but I think we can count those kind of games on one hand for us this season so far. I think it’s like that for every team. You have at least four or five games like that in an 82-game season. That was just one of those and we’ve just got to move on." Chicago is now 6-1-1 in their last eight contests.
Mar 22 - 11:04 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson scored a goal in Chicago's 2-1 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.

The 27-year-old hadn't registered a point in his last 10 games. This was his first goal since November 19th against San Jose. It's safe to say that Hjalmarsson's value doesn't come in the form of points, but rather in the stability he brings in his own end. The Penguins eventually tied the game and forced overtime and a shootout but the Hawks responded by scoring on all three of their shootout attempts (Toews, Kane and Sharp). The Hawks have now won two games in a row.
Feb 15 - 3:37 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson got his first goal of the year in Sunday's win over the San Jose Sharks.

He has four points in 15 games and isn't know for his offensive prowess. Hjalmarsson had a career year four goals in 81 matches last season.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson seems to be OK after taking a puck to the face in Saturday night's loss to Toronto.

It was a scary scene as Hjalmarsson left the ice all bloodied. But warrior that he is, Hjalmarssion got stitched up put on a visor and returned to the game. Hockey players are truly nuts. We mean that In a good way!
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to try to do more offensively going forward.

Hjalmarsson had four goals and a career-high 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If he does manage to top that in 2013-14, it probably won't be by much. He's known more for his defensive contributions though and it's his work without the puck that's made him one of the Blackhawks' most valuable blueliners.
Source: CSN Chicago
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 08:07:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been a rock on the Blackhawk blueline, believes that the Western Conference finals had to be decided by a Game 7.

Hjalmarsson is looking forward to Sunday's contest indicating this is why he plays hockey. "I really think this series deserved a Game 7, and I think the crowd deserved it, too. And I think it's going to be a great finish to a great series," Hjalmarsson said. "Hopefully we'll be the winner out of this one, but it's been some really good hockey that's been playing in these games, definitely." As we've said before, don't miss this one. It starts at 8:00 pm ET.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 09:40:00 AM

If we asked you which of the current Chicago defensemen has played the most post-season games we imagine Niklas Hjalmarsson would not be your answer.

Most might have said Duncan Keith or perhaps Brent Seabrook. Well, as you might have guessed by now, Hjalmarsson is the correct answer. The underated rearguard has 89 playoff games under his belt to Keith's 88 and Seabrook's 84. Typical of Hjalmarsson, he is under the radar once again.
Sat, May 24, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (throat) is healthy enough to talk now.

Hjalmarsson has been playing regardless. He sustained the injury when he was struck by the puck in the throat on May 4. Despite that, he leads the league with 42 blocked shots in 13 playoff games.
Mon, May 19, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is tied for fourth in blocked shots in the playoffs.

He can take over the lead today with three blocks as he trails Daniel Girardi and Johnny Boychuk by two and Alexei Emelin by one. All three either are out of the playoffs (Boychuk) or not playing today (Girardi and Emelin. Hjalmarsson has been solid defensively despite a minus-three rating and has three assists in 12 playoff games.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sun, May 18, 2014 08:25:00 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (throat) missed Chicago's Friday morning skate.

Hjalmarsson is still expected to play on Friday, according the Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. This was Hjalmarsson's second straight day off the ice, but given that he was struck in the throat by the puck hard enough that he's not supposed to speak, it's not surprising that he's resting when he gets the chance.
Source: CSN Chicago
Fri, May 9, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Johnny Oduya doesn't think that the fact that Niklas Hjalmarsson couldn't speak during Tuesday's game was a big disadvantage.

Oduya is Hjalmarsson's defensive partner. "Obviously, there might be times where a quick callout or something would help out a little bit, but mostly I know where he is," Oduya said. "I can still help him out and talk to him." Hjalmarsson was struck in the throat by the puck in Game 2, but he still managed to play 17:12 minutes in Game 3.
Source: CSN Chicago
Wed, May 7, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson logged 17:12 of ice time in Game 3 despite not being medically cleared to speak.

He was struck in the throat by a puck in Game 2 on Sunday. Hjalmarsson probably sustained a fractured larynx on the play, but he didn't miss a shift. Aside from the obvious pain he is playing through, not being able to communicate on the ice is also an issue that he had to deal with. "There are some times you'd like to have some communication with your partner, with a goalie, line changes, who's up and not, who's got who," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But he's a smart guy, and I think he's pretty familiar with his partner, the goalie, those situations. And we'll see how they adapt around the changes, how that plays out." Hjalmarsson has three assists and 34 blocks in nine 2014 postseason games.
Wed, May 7, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Andrew Desjardins
LW1Andrew Shaw
2Teuvo Teravainen
3Bryan Bickell
4Artemi Panarin
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Ryan Garbutt
4Viktor Tikhonov
5Kyle Baun
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Trevor Daley
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5David Rundblad
6Trevor van Riemsdyk
7Viktor Svedberg
8Michal Rozsival
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling