|Olof Patric Waldemar Sundstrom
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 12.14.61 Skelleftea, Sweden
|How he arrived: Traded by the Vancouver Canucks with Canucks' 2nd and 4th round picks in the
1988 E.D. for Greg Adams, Kirk McLean, and Devils' 2nd round pick in the 1988 E.D., 9.15.87
How he left: Signed with IF Bjorkloven Umea (Swedish 2nd Division), 8.92
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Any coach will tell you that you need depth in order to be successful. Trading for the older of the Sundstrom twins gave
some needed offensive relief at center for Kirk Muller. As a Canuck, he proved to be a breakout offensive star.
...I know, you're asking "Then why wasn't he taken higher in the draft?" Military commitment.
Continuing, when he came to New Jersey, he had a solid first season, followed by an outstanding postseason,
particularly in game 3 of the Patrick Division finals against the Capitals. That's the night he set not only a team record,
but an NHL record for points in a playoff game with 8. That record still stands today, albeit shared with Mario
He followed that up with some solid seasons, but his production was slowed in 90-91 to 46 points, large in part due to a
pulled groin in training camp, and again at the end of the season.
He sat out most of 91-92 because of a back injury and a calcium deposit in his thigh from a bruise. He was offered a
new contract by Lou Lamoriello during the following summer, but he declined it and opted to finish his hockey career
in his homeland. While playing for Umea, he also worked in public relations and advertising. He still works in youth
hockey today with Umea.
It's a bummer that injuries started to hamper him and shorten his NHL career. In hindsight, I really liked him.
|Entry Draft: 1980 Ninth Round Pick (175th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise