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Thomas Rundqvist

Thomas Rundqvist (also known as Rundkvist) only played two games in the National Hockey League (both with Montreal in the 1984-85 season, picking up one assist) but he had a long, long hockey career.

The former Swedish national team captain represented his nation eight times at the World Championships, winning gold in 1987 and 1991. He also helped Sweden win three silver medals and two bronze medals at the fabled event.

Rundqvist also participated in three Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1984 and 1988.

He also played for Sweden at the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup tournaments, even though by that time most of the roster was filled with NHL talent.

Rundqvist spent the bulk of his club team career playing with Farjestad-Karlstad in the Swedish Elite League. Three times he helped the team with the Swedish national title. He owns many of the franchise all time records and had his number nine retired by the club.

The height of his career came in 1991 when he set Swedish records for assists and points in the playoffs and was given the Golden Puck award as the top Swedish hockey player for that season.

Late in his career he and countryman (and former NHLer) Bengt Gustafsson signed to play in Austria. The dynamic duo would play five seasons for Feldkirch, winning five national championships.

Though his NHL tenure was very short, he even tasted championship victory in North America. During that 1984-85 season Rundqvist played primarily with the Habs farm team in Sherbrooke. Leading the entire AHL in playoff assists, Rundqvist helped the baby Canadiens to win the 1985 Calder Cup title.


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