Mattias Ekholm

Mattias Ekholm  #14

Nashville Predators  Defenseman
NUMBER: 14 BIRTHDATE: May 24, 1990  (AGE 24)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Borlange, Sweden
WEIGHT: 204 DRAFTED: NSH / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (102nd overall)    Prospect Bio
-Tallied his sixth goal of the season on Tuesday against Montreal. -Skated a career-high 24:44 on Jan. 29 against St. Louis. -Scored goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season on Jan. 16 versus Washington and Jan. 17 at Detroit. -Has recorded 15 points (5g-10a) this season, improving on his previous career-high nine points (1g-8a) set during his rookie year in 2013-14. -Changed his number from No. 42 to No. 14 at the start of the 2014-15 season. -Helped Sweden to a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championship and was named one of the nation's three best players in the process. -Given the Swedish Hockey League's Defenseman of the Year Award in 2012. -Named 2011 SHL Rookie of the Year. Others to have won the award include Henrik Zetterberg, Loui Eriksson and Nicklas Backstrom. -On Twitter: @MatEkh14
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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday
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