Johan Holmqvist


Out of Organization
Tolfta, SWE
Traded to the Dallas Stars on Febuary 26, 2008
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  • AHL - Jack Butterfield Trophy (Calder Cup playoffs MVP)


Junior Career

Johan Holmqvist's junior career began with Sweden's Tierps Hockey program program in the Swedish third tier league at age 15. After three seasons playing with his hometown team, Holmqvist was signed by Elitserien club Brynas where he spent the 1996-97 season. In the summer of 1997, he was selected in the 7th round, 175th overall, by the New York Rangers. The following year Holmqvist became Brynas' starting goaltender at the age of 18 appearing in 33 games with a 2.59 GAA and .879 save percentage. The performance was good enough to earn him the honor of Swedish Junior Player of the Year. He was also named to Sweden's U20 World Junior Championships team and posted a 1.80 GAA and .912 save percentage in 6 appearances. The best what yet to come though. In 1998-1999 Johan appeared in 41 regular season games for Brynas with a 2.79 GAA and .896 save percentage. In the playoffs he elevated his game playing in 14 games for Brynas in the postseason with a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage to lead his club to the Elitserien championship. In 1999-2000 he appeared in 41 games again for Brynas with a 2.60 GAA and .898 save percentage before leading his team on another deep playoff run with a 2.68 GAA and .903 save percentage in 11 postseason matches.

Professional Career

In the summer of 2000, Holmqvist signed with the New York Rangers. As a rookie in 2000-2001 he spent the majority of his season with Hartford of the AHL. He appeared in 43 games with the Wolf Pack going 19-14-4 with a 2.89 GAA and .906 save percentage. He also appeared in two games for the Rangers at the NHL level going 0-2-0 with a 5.04 GAA and .859 save percentage. In 2001-2002 he went 14-13-5 for the Wolf Pack with a 2.65 GAA and .910 save percentage. In 2002-2003 he split time between the Wolf Pack for 35 games and the Rangers and Charlotte Checkers for one game each before being dealt to the Minnesota Wild organization. The Wild assigned Johan to the Houston Aeros of the AHL where he appeared in 9 regular season games before taking the Aeros to the AHL championship and being named playoff MVP with the Jack Butterfield Trophy. The next year with Houston he went 23-27-7 with a 2.56 GAA and .908 save percentage before returning to Sweden and Brynas for the lockout year of 2004-2005. He finished 11th in the league in both GAA and save percentage amongst regular starters with a 3.39 GAA and .892 save percentage as Brynas finished second to last in the Elitserien. He played well, however, in the promotion/relegation tournament posting a 2.07 GAA and .921 save percentage in 10 games to help keep Brynas in Sweden's top league. Despite his poor numbers Holmqvist was also named to Sweden's 2005 World Championships team where he appeared in 1 game. 2005-2006 was Holmqvist's strongest statistical year in the Elitserien. His .928 save percentage was good for second in the league and his 1.95 GAA was tops in Sweden, helping Brynas improve to 7th in the league. He was promptly named to the Swedish World Championships team for 2006 and led Sweden to a gold medal with 5-2 record, a 2.00 GAA and .909 save percentage and 2 shutouts including a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic in the gold medal match. He was named best goaltender of the tournament by the IIHF Directorate.

Scouting Report


Holmqvist has a wealth of experience in both North American and European club hockey and has won championships in the Elitserien, AHL and a gold medal in the World Championships. Despite all his experience, he is still relatively young at 28 years old, entering the prime years for a goaltender. His numbers have never been dominant prior to the 2005-2006 season, but he has always been a big game goaltender. He has a long frame which is ideal for the style Coach Jeff Reese teaches.


Consistency has never been Holmqvist's strong suit and this past season he was only a tandem starter with Brynas.


Holmqvist will compete for a job in Tampa in the Lightning's training camp along with fellow overage prospect Fredrik Norrena. Unlike Norrena, he is just entering his prime meaning the Lightning may be able to keep him in the organization for a longer period of time if he can blossom in his second stint in North America.


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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 1993-1994 Tierps HKDivision 2- - -|      
 1994-1995 Tierps HKDivision 2- - -|      
  Sweden U18EJC-180 - -|      
 1995-1996 Tierps HKDivision 2- - -|      
  Sweden U18EJC-183 2.33 .901|      
 1996-1997 Brynäs IFSHL2 3.00 .879|      
 1997-1998 Brynäs IFSHL33 2.59 .895|Playoffs3 4.67 .813
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr2 2.50 .911|      
  Sweden U20WJC-206 1.80 .919|      
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr10 - -|      
 1998-1999 Brynäs IFSHL41 2.79 .896|Playoffs14 2.39 .919
 1999-2000 Brynäs IFSHL41 2.60 .898|Playoffs11 2.68 .903
  Brynäs IFEHL3 4.03 .821|      
  Sweden (all)International7 2.00 -|      
 2000-2001 New York RangersNHL2 5.04 .859|      
  Hartford Wolf PackAHL43 2.89 .906|Playoffs5 2.48 .923
 2001-2002 New York RangersNHL1 0.00 1.000|      
  Hartford Wolf PackAHL48 3.07 .899|Playoffs4 4.41 .815
 2002-2003 New York RangersNHL1 3.08 .889|      
  Hartford Wolf PackAHL35 2.65 .910|      
  Charlotte CheckersECHL1 2.00 .956|      
  Houston AerosAHL8 2.88 .900|Playoffs23 2.00 .928
 2003-2004 Houston AerosAHL59 2.56 .908|      
 2004-2005 Brynäs IFSHL42 3.41 .891|Kvalserien SHL10 2.07 .921
  SwedenEHT3 4.08 .819|      
  SwedenWC1 4.50 .857|      
  Sweden (all)International4 4.33 .829|      
 2005-2006 Brynäs IFSHL26 1.95 .928|Playoffs4 4.02 .866
  SwedenEHT5 1.39 .927|      
  SwedenWC7 2.00 .909|      
  Sweden (all)International12 1.48 .920|      
 2006-2007 Tampa Bay LightningNHL48 2.85 .893|Playoffs6 2.92 .893
 2007-2008 Tampa Bay LightningNHL45 3.01 .890|      
  Dallas StarsNHL2 3.75 .857|      
 2008-2009 Frölunda HCSHL49 2.15 .917|Playoffs11 2.41 .905
  SwedenEHT5 1.61 .944|      
  SwedenWC2 2.73 .915|      
  Sweden (all)International7 1.84 .937|      
 2009-2010 Frölunda HCSHL53 2.68 .896|Playoffs7 3.08 .893
  SwedenEHT3 4.22 .836|      
  Sweden (all)International3 4.22 .836|      
 2010-2011 Frölunda HCSHL40 2.74 .903|      
  Frölunda HCET4 3.95 .863|      
 2011-2012 Brynäs IFSHL28 2.37 .917|Playoffs4 2.15 .931
 2012-2013 Brynäs IFSHL39 2.52 .914|Playoffs4 4.17 .895
  Brynäs IFET3 2.27 .904|Playoffs1 4.00 .846
  SwedenEHT1 3.10 .786|      
  Sweden (all)International1 3.09 .786|      
 2013-2014 Brynäs IFSHL26 2.76 .902|Playoffs0 - -
  Brynäs IFET4 2.48 .907|      
 2014-2015 Almtuna ISAllsvenskan22 2.05 .925|      
  Brynäs IFSHL5 2.39 .911|Playoffs1 2.83 .912

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