Jan Erixon - age: 61

Jan Erixon

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ABOUT

Former left wing who played in the NHL for the New York Rangers from 1983 to 1993. He was known as "The Shadow" for his defensive skills and ability to shut down the opposition.He was a two-time winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, an award named after an NYPD detective shot on duty that is meant to commemorate someone who goes "above and beyond the call of duty."The year after he retired, Mark Messier led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years.

BEFORE FAME

He played hockey for Sweden's junior national team.

PERSONAL LIFE

His son Tim also became an NHL player.

FUN FACTS

Hockey player Jan Erixon were born on Sunday, birthstone is Ruby, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of Tiger, it is 188 days until Jan Erixon next birthday.

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