|Mattias Norstrom to be honored at Oct. 30 Kings game.
– The Los Angeles Kings will honor former defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom as part of “ Day” at STAPLES Center before the Kings host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, October 30. As part of the evening, Norstrom will be honored as part of a special on-ice ceremony beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Norstrom, the club’s former captain, played in 780 games with the team and ranks second in games played by a defenseman and fifth overall. He totaled 903 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers from 1993-08.
The Kings’ first European-born Captain from 2001-07, Norstrom – a native of Stockholm, Sweden -- also played in 56 career NHL playoff games, including 28 postseason games with the Kings.
An All-Star in 2004 while a member of the Kings, Norstrom earned the club’s Most Outstanding Defenseman award four times; the club’s Best Defensive Player award five times; the club’s Most Inspirational Player award two times; and the club’s Unsung Hero award three times.
Internationally, Norstrom represented his native Sweden in numerous competitions including the Olympics twice (1998 and 2002 – he had to withdraw from the 2006 team due to injury), World Championships (highlighted by a gold medal in 1998), the World Cup of Hockey and the World Junior Championships.