Originally from Sweden, Johan Hedberg is currently a goaltender for the New Jersey Devils, re-signing with the team this week. After being drafted in 1994 by the Flyers, Hedberg spent much of this time in the ECHL and IHL before hitting the ice in 2000-2001 for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins. Hedberg played in the ECHL for the Baton Rouge Kingfish in 1997-1998. He played two games in the ECHL with a record of 1-1-0 with a .879 save percentage. He then played a couple of years in the IHL and in 1998 the San Jose Sharks had the rights to Hedberg’s playing contract where he continued his stay in the IHL. In 2001 he was traded to Pittsburgh Penguins where he played the remainder of the season where he helped the Penguins reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Hedberg was then traded to the Vancouver Canucks for the 2003-2004 season and then played overseas during the 2004-2005 NHL Lockout. When the Lockout ended Hedberg signed with the Dallas Stars where he posted a 12-4-1 record and a 2.67 goals-against average in 19 games. Hedberg signed a two year contract with Atlanta in July 2006 and then signed a deal with New Jersey Devils in 2010 which included a no-trade clause. With the Devils in 2011-12 he recorded a 17-7-2 with a .917 save percentage.
ECHL Alumnus – Johan Hedberg
July 6, 2012 By