Hard-nosed defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was born March 29, 1984 in Oslo, Norway. Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2009 after breaking into the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets, early-career injury issues set back Tollefsen's projected development into a regular starting-six-caliber NHL defensive defenseman.
Injury issues continued to plague Tollefsen upon his arrival in Philadelphia, and he played inconsistently in 18 games. On Feb. 6, 2010, the Flyers traded Tollefsen to the Detroit Red Wings for forward Ville Leino. The deal paid dividends, as Leino got red hot during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and his normally formed line with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell continued to be productive the next season as well before Leino left as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011.
The well-liked Tollefsen was unable to get his once-promising NHL career back on track. However, he has found success since returning to play in Europe and serving as a team leader on the Norwegian national team.