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|1972 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
33 overall by New York Islanders
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
| Debut: November 8,
1972 (N.Y. Islanders at Chicago)|
Numbers: 20, 5, 23 (number
retired) (N.Y. Islanders)
Stanley Cup: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983.
Status: Retired August 1986
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1977
Stanley Cup Finals
N.Y. Islanders Records: Most playoff overtime goals (4)
N.Y. Islanders Goals Leader: 1974-75 (27 goals)
Playoffs Goals Leader: 1978 (3 goals)
1972-73: Played on first New York Islanders team.
Career: Named N.Y. Islanders assistant coach upon his retirement in August
1986 and remained in that position through 1987-88 season.
Career: Named N.Y. Islanders Director of Corporate Affairs in 1988 and
remained in that position through 1988-89 season. .... Named N.Y. Islanders
Director of Special Projects in 1989 and remained in that position through
1990-91 season. ... Named N.Y. Islanders Director of Community Relations in
1991 and remained in that position through 1991-92 season. ... Named N.Y.
Islanders Director of Amateur Hockey Development & Alumni Relations in 1992
and remained in that position through 1996-97 season. ... Named N.Y. Islanders
Director of Corporate Relations in 1997 and remained in that position through
Miscellaneous: Set N.Y. Islanders record (since broken) with 25 penalty
minutes in game on Nov. 14, 1973, at Detroit. ... Shared a popular booster
club, called the Dynamic Duo Fan Club, with teammate Garry Howatt throughout
the 1970s. .... Became first player in N.Y.
Islanders history to record natural hat trick when he achieved feat on Jan.
31, 1974, in Los Angeles. ... Played on line with Garry Howatt and Ed Westfall
in 1973-74. ... Played on "Commotion Line with Garry Howatt and Andre St. Laurent
from 1974-76. ... Played in 1977 NHL All-Star Game as replacement for teammate
Clark Gillies, who was out with a virus. ... Missed part of 1979-80 season with separated shoulder. ... Scored
goal at 7:11 of overtime to win N.Y. Islanders' first Stanley Cup in Game 6
vs. Philadelphia on May 22, 1980. ... Played on "Banana Line" with Wayne
Merrick and John Tonelli. ... Was N.Y. Islanders' leader in career games
through his first 13 seasons with team. ... Missed part of 1981-82 season with
groin injury. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with damaged ligaments in left
wrist. ... Missed part of 1984 playoffs with bruised knee. ... Missed most of
1984 training camp while recovering from wrist surgery. ... Missed most of
1984-85 season with broken bone in hand. ... Is tied for third on all-time NHL
list with four
overtime goals in Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Missed part of 1985-86 season with
back injury. ... Suffered two tears of retina in left eye when
accidentally high-sticked by teammate Gerald Diduck during a game of
"keep-away" following a Sunday afternoon practice on Jan. 5,
1986. The injury required surgery on Jan. 15, 1986, and ended his playing career.
He did, however, play one more game on April 5, 1986, when he was put into the
starting lineup against New Jersey and left the ice after the opening faceoff,
enabling him to finish his career with 900 games played.... In 1991, N.Y.
Islanders began presenting the Bob Nystrom Award to player on team "who best
exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication." ... N.Y. Islanders retired his No. 23 on April 1, 1995, although three
other players had worn it after Nystrom.
|Post-Draft Teams: New Haven (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1972 (by Miami)
Miscellaneous: Was required to take
power skating lessons with Laura Stamm on Long Island before signing his first pro contract.
His success helped launch Stamm as a leading expert on power skating.
... Was invited to play for Sweden in 1976 Canada Cup, but declined offer. ...
Competed in ABC-TV's Superstars competition in 1981 and won his
preliminary-round group. ... Avid tennis player in off-seasons during his
playing days. ... Was active in March of Dimes charity during his playing days. ...
Was vice-president of a Long Island direct marketing company and also sold
commercial real estate during his playing days. ... Went into insurance
business after retirement and became executive vice president HRH, a property casualty insurance company. ... Was first athlete inducted to the
Hinton, Alberta, Sports Wall of Fame. ... Has his own website at
Personal: Full name
is Thore Robert
Nystrom. ... Born in Sweden but moved with his family to Hinton, Alberta, when he was 4 years old. ... Also known as Bobby Nystrom throughout his career. ... Father of
college hockey player Eric Nystrom.
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