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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have reached an agreement on a two-year contact extension with Kings captain/defenseman Mattias Norstrom, Kings President, Hockey Operations/ General Manager Dave Taylor announced Monday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Norstrom, 34, has been with the Kings since the 1995-96 season and is the longest-tenured player on the team in terms of consecutive service (Luc Robitaille leads all current Kings players in total years of service with the team with 14 years). Norstrom was named the club's 12th captain – and first European-born captain – prior to the 2001-02 season, and earlier this season he set a new franchise record for games played by a defenseman when he participated in his 663rd game as a King on November 26.

Norstrom is a two-time NHL All-Star and has been named the Kings' "Outstanding Defenseman" four times; the Kings' "Best Defensive Player" four times; the Kings' "Most Inspirational Player" once; and the Kings' "Unsung Hero" three times.

"We're happy to have Matty continue his career with the Kings," said Taylor. "We appreciate his leadership, dedication and commitment to our organization."

Said Norstrom: "I am really happy to be staying here with the Kings and excited about the direction we are headed. This organization is committed to winning and I am thrilled that they want me to continue to be apart of it."

In 58 games with the Kings this season, Norstrom has 22 points (3-19=22) and 54 penalty minutes. His 22 points match a career high (he had 22 points in 80 games in 1996-97) and his three goals are a career-best while his 19 assists are the second highest single-game total in his career (he had 21 assists in '96-97). In addition, Norstrom this season collected his 100th assist as a King; skated in his 700th NHL game; scored his first power play goal and first game-winning goal in overtime of his career; and recorded a career-high five-point game (January 19).

In 742 career NHL regular season games with the Kings and New York, Rangers, the 6-2, 210-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, has 136 points (13-123=136) and 569 penalty minutes. In 31 career NHL post-season games, with the Kings and Rangers, he has two points (both assists) and 30 penalty minutes.

Acquired by the Kings from the Rangers on March 14, 1996, with Ray Ferraro, Ian Laperriere, Nathan LaFayette and a fourth-round draft choice (Sean Blanchard) for Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla, Norstrom has also excelled in international competition, where he has represented his native Sweden by being named to three Olympic teams; six World Championships teams; two World Cups teams and one World Junior Championships teams.

"Matty is one of those players who make the coaching profession gratifying" said Kings Head Coach Andy Murray. "He is all about substance, character and determination."

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