Mattias Ohlund, retired NHL defenceman of the Vancouver Canucks, was finally finally feted by the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame on July 22 in Penticton as part of the 2020 induction class, after being put on a two-year hold by COVID-19.
He began his NHL career with Vancouver in 1997–98, the start of an 11-year tenure with the club in which he became the Canucks’ all-time leader in points for a defenceman with 325 points (93 goals, 232 assists), since surpassed by Alexander Edler).
Öhlund would play the final two seasons of his professional career with the Tampa Bay Lightning before retiring in 2011.
The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs six times during his 11 seasons in Vancouver. He finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy in 1997-98, behind Boston Bruins forward Sergei Samsonov.
Ohlund was inducted into the Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour on December 15, 2016 before their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Rogers Arena the team he finished his NHL career with.
He signed a seven-year contract with the Lightning as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009, but injuries limited him to two seasons.
Ohlund had 18 assists in 139 games with Tampa Bay and helped the Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2011; they lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games.
Ohlund helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 1998 World Championship and the 2006 Torino Olympics.