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Mattias Ekholm

Mattias Ekholm  #14

Nashville Predators  Defenseman
NUMBER: 14 BIRTHDATE: May 24, 1990  (AGE 25)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Borlange, Sweden
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: NSH / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (102nd overall)    Prospect Bio
2015-16 Season Highlights * Has points in four of his last 10 games (2g-4a). * Posted his first multi-point game of the season on Oct. 22 vs. Anaheim (1g-1a). * Signed a six-year contract extension recently, making him a Pred through 2022. 2014-15 Highlights * Recorded 18 points (7g-11a) during regular season, improving on his previous career-high nine points (1g-8a) set in 2013-14 (rookie season). * Averaged 19:00 time on ice, more than two minutes more than he averaged during his 2013-14 rookie season (16:49). * Nashville was 5-1-1 when he tallied a goal. * Logged a career-high 24:44 on Jan. 29 against St. Louis. * Tallied career-high six shots on goal on Feb. 5 against Anaheim. * Played in his 100th career NHL game on Dec. 29 at Chicago. Golden Nuggets * 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.
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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