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Hedberg Returns to Rangers as European Scout

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe.

Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.

Prior to joining the Senators, Hedberg served as General Manager of the Swedish National Hockey Program from 2000-2002, and Team Sweden at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Before accepting the position with Swedish National Program, Hedberg assumed the role of Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons and was the Leafs' Chief European Scout from 1991 to 1997.

Anders Hedberg played a big role in the Islanders-Rangers rivalry during the 1970s and 1980s, scoring the game-winner in Game 5 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semifinals vs. the Isles.
In addition, he managed Stockholm’s A.I.K. hockey team after serving as an assistant to the Rangers General Manager Craig Patrick for the 1985-86 season. By accepting the position with the Rangers on May 15, 1985, Hedberg became the first European to ever serve in a top management position in the NHL.

As a player, Hedberg spent four seasons in the World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1978 with the Winnipeg Jets. In 286 career games with the Jets, he collected 236 goals and 222 assists for 458 points. Hedberg was the WHA’s rookie of the year in 1975 and led the league with 70 goals in 1976-77. In 1978, he and countryman Ulf Nilsson left the WHA to join the Rangers in a much-heralded signing.

In seven NHL seasons with the Rangers from 1978 to 1985, Hedberg appeared in 465 career games, registering 172 goals and 225 assists for 397 points. The two time NHL All-Star remains the highest-scoring European-trained player in Rangers history with 397 career points and currently ranks ninth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff scoring list with 46 points in 58 career postseason games.

In 1985, Hedberg won the Bill Masterton Trophy, an award given annually by the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA) to the “NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” In addition, he received numerous Rangers’ team awards, including the Most Valuable Player (1980), Good Guy Award (1980) and Frank Boucher Trophy for the most popular player on and off the ice (1985).

The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native and his wife, Gun-Marie, have three children: Mattias, Hanna and Johan.
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