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Red Wings assign Ericsson to Griffins

Veteran defenseman has skated in seven NHL games this season

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ericsson has appeared in seven games with the Red Wings in 2019-20, registering five shots on goal, 11 hits and three blocked shots while averaging 17:19 time on ice. The 35-year-old defenseman has also posted two assists, a plus-four rating, eight penalty minutes and nine shots on goal in 10 games with the Griffins this season. Ericsson has appeared in 669 games with the Red Wings since debuting in 2007-08, totaling 125 points (27-98-125) and 531 penalty minutes and adding 21 points (5-16-21) and 53 penalty minutes in 76 postseason games. Originally drafted in the ninth round with the 291st and last pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Ericsson is one of just four players in league history to skate in 400-or-more NHL games after being selected with the final pick of an Entry Draft (along with Patric Hornqvist, Kim Johnsson and Gerry Meehan). 

A native of Karlskrona, Sweden, Ericsson has totaled 186 AHL games with Grand Rapids from 2006-09 and in 2019-20, logging 80 points (17-63-80), a plus-25 rating and 241 penalty minutes, while being selected to the 2008 AHL All-Star Game. He has also represented his country several times on the international stage, skating at the 2010 (bronze medal) and 2012 IIHF World Championships and capturing a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to coming to North America, Ericsson played professionally in Sweden from 2003-06, logging 128 contests between the Swedish Hockey League for Sodertalje SK and the second-tier Allsvenskan with Huddinge IK and Almtuna IS.

Jonathan Ericsson, Defenseman
Born Mar 2 1984 -- Karlskrona, Sweden 
Height 6.04 -- Weight 218 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 9 #291 overall 2002 NHL Entry Draft

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