Kings Acquire Seven-Time 20-Goal Scorer Marco Sturm from Boston for Future Considerations
/ Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired seven-time 20-goal scorer forward Marco Sturm from the Boston Bruins in exchange for future considerations, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Sturm, 32, spent the last five seasons with the Bruins where he compiled 193 points (106-87=193), 156 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating, while serving as a club alternate captain. Sturm has not played in a game this season, as he’s recovering from a lower-body injury. He is expected to return to the lineup this month.
The 6-foot, 194-pound native of Dingolfing, Germany had 37 points (22-15=37), 30 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 76 regular season games for Boston last season. He also appeared in seven playoff games with the Bruins.
In 855 career NHL games with the Bruins and San Jose Sharks, Sturm has accumulated 466 points (234-232=466), 398 penalty minutes and a plus-66 rating. In 52 career postseason games he has 19 points (8-11=19) and 22 penalty minutes. He is the all-time NHL leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a German-born player. Sturm was originally drafted by San Jose in the first round (21st overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft (by then-Sharks General Manager Lombardi).
Sturm has scored 20-plus goals in each of his last seven full seasons (2001-02 through 2007-08 and 2009-10; missed most of 2008-09 season with a knee injury) and was named to the 1999 NHL All-Star Team. He recorded a career high 29 goals and 59 points (29-30=59) in 2005-06, splitting time with San Jose and Boston. He was dealt by the Sharks to Boston with Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau on Nov. 30, 2005 for Joe Thornton.
Internationally the 12-year NHL veteran has represented his native Germany in 10 national tournaments: World Junior Championships in 1994 and 1995; World Championships in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2008, World Cup in 2003 and Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2010 (served as team captain in 2010 Winter Olympic Games). He was also named to Germany’s 2006 Winter Olympics squad, but didn’t play due to a shoulder injury.