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Kent Nilsson

Kent Nilsson  #14

NUMBER: 14 BIRTHDATE: August 31, 1956
BIRTHPLACE: Nynashamn, Sweden
DRAFTED: AFM / 1976 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 4th   (64th overall)
Lou Kaplan Trophy (Rookie of the Year WHA) (1978) Paul Deneau Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player WHA) (1979) Swedish World All-Star Team (1985, 1989, 1990) Swedish Player of the Year (1989) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1981) Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA), July 29, 1977. Reclaimed by Atlanta from Winnipeg prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Minnesota by Calgary with Calgary's 3rd round choice (Brad Turner) in 1986 Entry Draft for Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Joe Nieuwendyk) in 1985 Entry Draft and 2nd round choice (Stephane Matteau) in 1987 Entry Draft, June 15, 1985. Traded to Edmonton by Minnesota for cash, March 2, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, January 26, 1995.
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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
World Cup of Hockey 2016