Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 26, 2011

Man of the Day 9/26: Viktor Stalberg

Viktor Stålberg

Born January 7, 1986 (age 25) in Gothenberg, Sweden

Left winger for the Chicago Blackhawks

Stally did so well in Friday’s game against the Capitals, I think we should profile him! He played for the J20 SuperElit’s Frölunda HC before being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006. From there, he went to the University of Vermont, where he was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team his freshman and sophomore years. By his junior year, he scored 24 goals, which ranked him fourth in the country! He also led his team in points (46 in 39 games) and was nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the highest NCAA award for ice hockey –  that hadn’t happened since Martin St. Louis had been on the team. He also led the team to the Frozen Four and was named a Division I First Team All-American for the 2009-09 season.

Stally down!

After his junior year, he decided to sign with the Maple Leafs and signed a two-year entry level contract with them. He was sent to their AHL team, the Toronto Marlies, and flitted between them and the Leafs for the 2009-10 season. But at the end of June 2010, he, Philippe Paradis and Chris DiDomenico were traded to Chicago for Kris Versteeg and another player. This past season saw him earn 24 points (12 each in goals and assists) in 77 games. But if the preseason and training camp are any indication, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with once the season starts.

Stally just got on Twitter and has quickly gotten the hang of things. I’ve added him to the growing list of players on my Twitterfeed (I have a list just for them), so go on and follow him!

He's showing Ben Smith how to look good in that jersey.

– Krista

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