The goaltender Jonas Gustavsson announced his retirement from hockey today at age 36, after eight years in the NHL and three years in the SHL.
Gustavsson started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs after going undrafted, signing a one-year contract on July 7, 2009. During his first season as a Maple Leaf, the goaltender put up a 16-15-0 in 42 games, with a .902 save percentage that kept him in the team for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Jonas Gustavsson, the “Monster”, has retired from hockey at the age of 36.
He spent eight years in the NHL, finishing with a 72-67-23 record with Toronto, Detroit, Boston and Edmonton. He finished off with a three-year stint with Linkoping in Sweden. https://t.co/JJrztHfnsd
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) November 11, 2020
Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson Retires From Professional Hockey
For the 2012-13 NHL season, Gustavsson played for the Detroit Red Wings, but his season was shortened due to injuries. The Swedish goaltender re-signed with Detroit for the 2013-14 season and came off his best season in the NHL with a 16–5–4 record, 2.63 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 27 games.
He stayed with the Red Wings for another season before signing with the Boston Bruins for the 2015-16 season. The goaltender finished his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers, where he played the 2016-17 season, closing the season with Oilers’ AHL affiliate team, the Bakersfield Condors.
After signing a three-year deal to be the starting goaltender for the SHL team Linköping HC, Gustavsson ended his NHL career. He finished with a 72-67-0 record, 2.88 goals-against average, and a .901 save percentage in 179 games played. His hockey career ends with the Linköping HC, where the Swedish goaltender stayed for three seasons and had a 2.35 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 32 games played during the 2019-20 season.
The 36-year-old has also represented Sweden three times, at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, winning the bronze medal, at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and at the 2010 IIFH World Championship, securing the bronze medal once again, this time as the main goaltender. Even with all the injuries that kept him away from the ice during most parts of his NHL years, Gustavsson retires as a respected goaltender. He will be remembered by the fans of the teams he has played for.
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