P. J. Axelsson
|P. J. Axelsson|
26 February 1975|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
177th overall, 1995|
|Men's ice hockey|
|2006 Turin||Ice hockey|
Anders Per-Johan Axelsson (born 26 February 1975), commonly abbreviated to P. J. Axelsson, is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey forward, who most recently played with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien. His nickname in Sweden is "Pebben". He was the longest-tenured member of the NHL's Boston Bruins at the time of his departure from North American play in 2009, having been with the Boston team from 1997–2009.
Axelsson played as a left winger. Although he never gained the reputation of a premier goal scorer, Axelsson's gritty, unrelenting attitude as a solid, defensive-minded forward, and his ability to make smart plays on the ice, made him a longtime fan favourite of the Boston Bruins, Frölunda HC, and the Swedish national team, Tre Kronor.
Axelsson played all 82 games in his rookie season with the Bruins, helping them to reach the playoffs after the Bruins had missed out the previous season. He was one of the Bruins' key skill players during his career with them.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout Axelsson played for Frölunda HC in Sweden and helped the team become the champion of Elitserien. After the lockout, he returned to the United States to rejoin the Bruins. He became an Olympic champion with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
On 21 February 2008, Axelsson played his 700th NHL game, in Sunrise, Florida, a 5–4 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.
After helping the Bruins to the Eastern Conference semifinals during the 2008–09 NHL season, Axelsson signed a four-year contract with Frölunda HC on 27 July 2009. Upon his return, he was named as one of two alternate captains for the team.
On 10 April 2013, he announced his retirement from professional hockey. Axelsson was subsequently hired by the Bruins as a European amateur scout. He was partly responsible for the drafting by the Bruins of Swedish junior ice hockey defenseman Axel Andersson in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft as player #57 overall.
Axelsson is married and has two children, a daughter named Wilma and a son named Wilson. In his spare time he enjoys golf and football. His younger brother Anton Axelsson is also a professional ice hockey player.
- Elitserien record for most assists in playoffs (10)
Regular season and playoffs
|1992–93||Västra Frölunda HC||SWE II Jr||16||9||5||14||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Västra Frölunda HC||Allsv||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||11||0||0||0||4||4||0||0||0||0|
|1994–95||Västra Frölunda HC||SWE Jr||19||16||9||25||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||8||2||1||3||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Västra Frölunda HC||Allsv||3||0||0||0||0||5||0||0||0||0|
|1995–96||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||36||15||5||20||10||13||3||0||3||10|
|1996–97||Västra Frölunda HC||SEL||50||19||15||34||34||3||0||2||2||0|
- "Axelsson agrees to a three-year contract extension". Boston Bruins. March 23, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Associated Press (August 20, 2013). "Bruins promote Gretzky, Hall of Famer's brother". ESPN. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Boston Bruins stats page on Axel Andersson
- Russo, Eric (June 23, 2018). "Draft Notebook: Sweeney Turns Focus to FA - Axel-sson". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
One of the first calls second-round pick Axel Andersson received was from former Boston forward P.J. Axelsson, who is now a European scout for the clube. Both natives of Sweden, the two met prior to the draft during the interview process..."He called me four, five minutes ago and said congratulations," said the blue liner. "He just said that he was glad…and he just said that I was worth it, congratulations, and talked a little bit about development camp upcoming."
- "Bruins Roster – P. J. Axelsson". Boston Bruins. Archived from the original on 11 November 2006. Retrieved 3 December 2006.