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Eric Thor Nyström

Current Location:: Dallas, Dallas, TX, United States
Birthplace: Syosset, Nassau, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Bob Nyström and Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Professional Hockey Player
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Eric Thor Nyström

Eric Nystrom (born February 14, 1983) is an American ice hockey left winger for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a first round selection by the Flames, 10th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to the Flames, Nystrom was a member of the Minnesota Wild before joining the Stars. He played four seasons of college hockey with the Michigan Wolverines before turning pro in 2005. He is the son of former NHL player Bob Nystrom.

Early life

His father Bob, born in Sweden but grew up in Western Canada, was an NHL player for the New York Islanders at the time, and won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. Nystrom, who is Jewish, attended high school at Portledge School in Locust Valley, New York. He has an older sister, Marissa. Nystrom grew up playing several sports, including soccer and baseball, and only seriously considered a hockey career in his mid-teens. While Eric was regarded as an NHL prospect himself, his father encouraged him to seek an education first, which the younger Nystrom did upon earning a scholarship to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines in 2000. He spent four years at Michigan where he earned a degree in Liberal Arts.

Playing career

Nystrom established a gritty, hard working style similar to his father's which helped earn him an invite to play with the US National Development Program (USDP). He played 55 games for USDP in the North American Hockey League in 1999–2000, scoring seven goals and 23 points. He split the 2000–01 season with the national under-18 program and the junior team in the United States Hockey League, also representing the United States at the 2001 IIHF World U18 Championships. He later represented the United States at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Nystrom with the Flames in 2009.He moved onto the University of Michigan, earning a place on the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie team in 2002 after scoring 18 goals and 31 points. On the strength of that season, the Calgary Flames selected him with their first pick, 10th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Before turning professional, Nystrom completed his final three seasons of college eligibility, finishing with 111 points in 160 career games, and serving as the Wolverines' captain in his senior year of 2004–05.

Upon turning professional in 2005, Nystrom was assigned to the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was quickly recalled by the Flames at the start of the 2005–06 season,[13] and made his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche on October 10, 2005.[12] He played two games with the Flames before being returned to the AHL to complete the season. Nystrom missed most of the 2006–07 after suffering a tear in his right shoulder during a pre-season game. He attempted to rehab the injury and then play, before opting on surgery. The injury limited Nystrom to just 12 regular season games for Omaha, but he returned in time to play five playoff games for the Knights.

Nystrom split the 2007–08 season between the Calgary and the Quad City Flames. He appeared in 44 regular season games for Calgary, and scored his first NHL goal on October 30, 2007 against the Nashville Predators.] He scored a career high four points, two goals and two assists, in the Flames final game of the regular season, a 7–1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. While with Quad City, he famously performed an on-ice striptease that mimicked the one performed by the character Ned Braden in the movie Slap Shot as part of a team jersey auction. The event raised $30,000 for charity. Following the season, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Flames.

Nystrom played his first full NHL season with the Flames in 2008–09, playing in 76 games and scoring five goals, three of them game winning goals. He added a fourth game winning goal in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks.[12] He more than doubled his career high in 2009–10, scoring 11 goals despite struggling through a groin injury for a large part of the season. He was invited to play with the American team at the 2010 IIHF World Championships. Following the season, Nystrom chose to leave Calgary as a free agent, signing a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.

On September 30, 2011, Nystrom tripped the Edmonton Oilers defenceman, Taylor Fedun, skates first, into the boards when retrieving a puck to force an icing call. Fedun suffered a complex fracture to his right femur, ending his drive to make the Oiler's roster opening night and his season. Fedun's injury has prompted the further debate on no-touch icing in the National Hockey League.

Off the ice

While with the Flames, he served as a player ambassador for the Reading... Give it a Shot! program and visited local schools as part of the team's campaign to increase literacy among students.

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Eric Thor Nyström's Timeline

February 14, 1983
Syosset, Nassau, NY, United States