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|1981 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
50 overall by New York Rangers
||Position: Left Wing|
Height: 6-0 Weight:
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Skelleftea, Sweden
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships: 1981 (gold medal)
Miscellaneous: Not selected in 1980 NHL Entry Draft despite being
eligible. ... Played on first Swedish team to win gold medal at World Junior
Championships in 1981.
| Debut: October 5, 1983 (New Jersey at N.Y.
Numbers: 25 (N.Y. Rangers); 12 (Washington); 20
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1995
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||NYR, Washington, N.J.||338
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||N.Y. Rangers, Wash.||23
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Scored game-winning goal in his first NHL game. The goal,
at 14:21 of second period, beat New Jersey goalie Glenn Resch to give
N.Y. Rangers a 3-1 lead in eventual 6-2 win. ... Scored natural hat
trick for N.Y. Rangers vs. Detroit on Jan. 16, 1984. ... Played on line with
Jan Erixon and Pierre Larouche for N.Y. Rangers in 1983-84. ... Quit N.Y. Rangers when
he failed to show up for training camp on Sept. 15, 1986, and instead opted to
play season in Sweden. Although he never stated his reasons for leaving, it is likely that Sundstrom, like several other Rangers veterans, did
not wish to play for new general manager Phil Esposito and head coach Ted Sator, whose style did not favor European players.
After the 1986-87 season, Sundstrom became a restricted free agent and returned to the NHL with
Washington. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with bruised right shoulder, an
injury suffered when he was checked by Brian MacLellan in Washington's Nov.
14, 1987, game vs. Minnesota. ... Missed parts of 1988-89 season with twisted
back, an injury suffered in January 1989, and with hyper-extended right knee,
an injury suffered in February 1989.
|Post-Draft Teams: Umea (Sweden); New Haven (AHL);
Utica (AHL); Malmo (Sweden)|
Canada Cup: 1984 (second place), 1987
World Championships: 1982
(fourth), 1983 (fourth), 1987 (gold)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Swedish Championship: 1987 (Umea),
1992, 1994 (Malmo)
Sweden Playoffs Points Leader: 1992 (Malmo) (11 points)
Playoffs Goals Leader: 1992 (Malmo) (5 goals)
Assists Leader: 1987 (Umea) (5 assists),
Miscellaneous: Completed two-year
military commitment in Swedish army before coming to North America. ... Shared home with
Rangers teammate and best friend, Jan Erixon, during his three seasons in New York. ... Owned a
Swedish harness-racing trotter named "Keyson Joms" during his playing days.
Full name is Peter W. Sundstrom. ... Twin brother of former
NHL player Patrik Sundstrom, who was born 20 minutes before Peter. ... Older brother of former
Swedish junior women's archery champion Pernilla Sundstrom.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE AGENCY: Sundstrom stayed out of the NHL
in the 1986-87 season and became a restricted free agent, signing with
Washington in July 1987. As compensation for the signing, N.Y. Rangers
received a 1988 fifth-round pick (Martin Bergeron) on August
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