Axelsson signs 4-year deal with Sweden's Frolunda

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7/28/2009 4:45:18 PM
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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - P.J. Axelsson, an 11-year NHL veteran, signed a four-year contract to play for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League on Tuesday.

The native Swede spent his entire career with the Boston Bruins after being selected in the seventh round of the 1995 NHL draft by the B's. He previously spent four years in the Swedish Elite League and went straight on to the NHL beginning with the 1997-98 season.

"Obviously, he meant a lot (to the Bruins)," Boston head coach Claude Julien said. "Anyone who was part of our hockey club and was inside the dressing room understood what 'Axie' meant to our hockey club. He was a great leader. He is a great team person and -- he served us well in all areas."

The veteran winger is regarded as one of the top defensive forwards in the game and collected six goals and 24 assists in 75 regular-season games last year.

The 34-year-old Axelsson was the club's longest-tenured player, compiling 103 goals and 184 assists in 797 career regular-season contests. He also won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Games.


Backstrom stops Axelsson (Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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