- Goaltender Made Four Starts with Grand Rapids During Conditioning Stint
The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Hellberg, 31, joined the Griffins for conditioning on Dec. 1 after being claimed off waivers by Detroit from the Seattle Kraken on Nov. 23. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound netminder posted a 2-2-0 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a 0.932 save percentage in four starts with Grand Rapids. Hellberg has split the 2022-23 season between the Ottawa Senators, Kraken, Red Wings and Griffins, becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to earn his first three career wins with three different clubs when he made 29 saves for Ottawa in a 4-2 win on Oct. 24 against Dallas. He appeared in one game with the Red Wings in 2021-22, stopping 20 shots in a 5-3 victory on April 29 at New Jersey. Prior to joining the Red Wings, Hellberg spent the 2021-22 season with Sochi HC of the Kontinental Hockey League, posting a 2.42 goals-against average, 0.917 save percentage and five shutouts in 37 games. In all, Hellberg suited up the last five seasons in the KHL for Kunlun Red Star (2017-18), St. Petersburg SKA (2018-21) and Sochi (2021-22), compiling an 81-64-14 record in 169 appearances. A native of Uppsala, Sweden, Hellberg also represented his country at the 2022 Winter Olympics, showing a 1-0-1 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and a 0.933 save percentage in two appearances. Additionally, Hellberg played for Team Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship and posted a 3-0-0 record in three starts en route to helping his country win the gold medal.
Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round (38th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Hellberg spent five seasons (2012-17) in North America before playing in the KHL. Hellberg has made six NHL appearances for the Predators, New York Rangers, Red Wings and Senators, holding a 3-0-0 record with a 2.60 goals against average and a 0.891 save percentage. He also suited up in 191 AHL games between the Milwaukee Admirals (2012-15), Hartford Wolf Pack (2015-17) and Griffins (2022-23), building an 86-73-15 record with a 2.49 goals-against average, a 0.915 save percentage and 14 shutouts, including a 30-win season for the Wolf Pack in 2015-16. Hellberg was named to the AHL All-Star Classic during the 2014-15 season as a member of the Admirals. He also made nine appearances in parts of two seasons for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, posting a 6-2-1 record.