• In 2010-11, Zibanejad began the season with Djurgarden’s junior team before getting the call up to the Swedish Elite League in December. He registered nine points (5-4--9) in 26 games in the Elite League and 21 points (12-9--21) in 27 games with the junior team.
• He turned heads for Team Sweden at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Timmins, Ontario, recording five goals and nine points in six games helping lead Sweden to a bronze medal.
• Zibanejad, whose mother is Finnish and father is Iranian, speaks Swedish, Finnish and English.
• He credits his older brother, Monir Kalgoum, 27, for helping him achieve his hockey goals – “He helped me with the small details like faceoffs and how I should attack D-men in the offensive zone. He's a center, too, and has been a role model for me during his career.” Monir participated in the 2004 World Junior Championships for Sweden and currently plays for Milton Keynes Lightning in the English Premier League.
It was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.
— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle on the video tribute and ovation he received in his first game back in Anaheim, a 3-1 win for the Maple Leafs