Niclas Wallin
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 02/20/1975
DRAFTED: CAR: 2000-97 overall
Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), September 19, 2004. Traded to San Jose by Carolina with Carolina's 5th round choice (Cody Ferriero) in 2010 Entry Draft for Buffalo's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Carolina selected Mark Alt) in 2010 Entry Draft, February 7, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), June 15, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, March 25, 2013.
2010-11: Set a career high with 86 shots…4th on the team in blocked shots (84)…Had a plus/minus rating of +12 in the last 33 games…Missed three games due to injury (3/17 - 3/23; upper body)…Appeared in his 600th career game on March 3 vs. Detroit…Scored a goal at Nashville on Dec. 15…Returned to the lineup after missing three games due to injury at Detroit on Dec. 6 and scored a goal…Missed three games due to injury (11/30 - 12/4; lower body)…Missed two games due to injury (11/17 - 11/18; upper body)…Snapped an 89-game goalless drought, scoring his first with the Sharks, on Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim…Had a game-high five blocked shots in the season opener on Oct. 8 at Columbus in Stockholm.

2009-10: 16th among NHL defensemen in hits (175)…Scored his first point as a Shark with an assist on Thornton’s goal on Feb. 11 at Detroit…Skated 17:10 and was a plus-1 in his first game as a Shark on Feb. 8 vs. Toronto…Acquired by San Jose along with a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from Carolina in exchange for a second round pick in 2010 (Buffalo) on Feb. 7…Skated in his 500th NHL game vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 26…Ranked eighth all-time on the Hurricanes/Whalers games played list (second among defensemen) at the time of his trade with 517…With Carolina, he was fourth in games played and sixth in PIM (391)…Playoffs: Missed nine games due to injury.

2008-09: Matched his career highs in assists and points…Third among team defensemen in hits (131) and shorthanded time on ice per game (2:10) despite missing 17 games due to injury…Left the game at Pittsburgh on Jan. 20 with a lower-body injury…Scored his first goal of the season, the first regular season overtime goal of his career, at Toronto on Nov. 4…Had back-to-back two assist games on Oct. 19 at Anaheim and Oct. 17 at Los Angeles.

2007-08: Second amongst team defensemen in hits (134) and third in blocked shots (91)…Played for Sweden’s national team for the IIHF World Championships in Canada following the season…Registered a career-high 16 PIM (three minors, a game misconduct) vs. Atlanta on March 28…Played in his 400th NHL game and earned an assist at Florida on March 20.

2006-07: Matched his career high for points in a season...Ranked second among team defensemen in hits (143) and fourth in blocked shots (84)…Played his 300th NHL game at Buffalo on Dec. 28.

2005-06: Established a career high in goals…Playoffs: Completed his third NHL playoff season and third with Carolina, playing all 25 postseason contests to capture his first Stanley Cup…T-3rd among Hurricanes defensemen in playoff scoring…Beat Martin Brodeur at 3:09 of overtime in Game 2 vs. New Jersey on May 8 for his third career playoff goal — all of which have come in overtime…Earned the primary assist on Rod Brind’Amour’s game-winning goal in Game 4 at Montreal on April 28.

2004-05: Played for Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League…Third among Lulea defensemen in scoring and second in PIM.

2003-04: Third among team defensemen in points and assists…Assisted on Ron Francis’ final goal as a Hurricane at Minnesota on Feb. 29…Played in his 200th NHL game vs. Toronto on Feb. 19…Notched the first multi-goal game of his career with a pair of tallies at Philadelphia on Oct. 25.

2002-03: Set career highs in games and PIM...Scored his first goal of the season on a power play in his 100th NHL game vs. the New York Islanders on Oct. 30.

2001-02: Scored lone goal of the season at Detroit on Nov. 13…Playoffs: Played in all 23 playoff games…T-1st in playoff overtime goals with two…Scored the game-winning goal at 13:42 of OT in ECF Game 2 vs. Toronto on May 19…Scored the game-winning goal, his first career playoff goal, at 3:14 of OT in ECSF Game 4 at Montreal on May 9…Earned his first NHL playoff point with an assist on the game-winning goal by Francis in ECSF Game 1 vs. Montreal on May 3.

2000-01: Scored his first NHL goal at 10:23 of the second period at Tampa Bay on Dec. 26…Made his NHL debut against Washington on Oct. 7, registering two PIM, but suffered a broken bone in his wrist…Missed six games due to the injury (Oct. 10-24)…Playoffs: Played in three games of the ECQF vs. New Jersey.

1996-2000: Recorded 29 points (12 goals and 17 assists) and 196 PIM in 185 games for Brynas IF Gavle.

Personal: “Gorilla” (a nickname that got started in Carolina) lists these favorites: heavy metal and Metallica (music/musicians); “Avatar” (movie); “The Sopranos” (television show); Jason Statham (actor); Sandra Bullock (actress); Detroit Red Wings (NHL team while growing up — “Because of their Swedish players”); Montreal (NHL road city); teams in the Swedish Elite League including Brynas IF and Lulea HF (professional teams); Aldo’s (San Jose restaurant); Carribean, Aruba and St. Martin (vacation spots); Swedish version of USA Today: (web site); steak (food); “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Brothers” (old school video games); Christmas (holiday); “Day by Day” (saying); Monopoly (board game — but not against Douglas Murray); sprinter Usain Bolt (professional athlete — “I like his style”)…owns a guinea pig named Pancake…considers himself an outdoor guy and likes to build things (built a sauna this summer for his in-laws in Sweden)…first job was in the glass industry…memorable NHL moment: winning 2006 Stanley Cup with Carolina…hockey idol is Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming (“He’s the No. 1 guy. He stood tall and was the one who opened the door for Europeans in the NHL”)…hidden talent: tries to be a Mr. Fix It…would’ve wanted to meet some of the old kings of Sweden…speaks Swedish and English…non-sports idols are his parents…most famous person in his cell phone directory: his wife…played soccer at first, so didn’t start skating or playing hockey until he was 13…wears Bauer Total One skates, size 10.5…oldest piece of protective hockey equipment is his shoulder pads (four years old).