Peter Popovic

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Peter Popovic
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Born (1968-02-10) 10 February 1968 (age 51)
Köping, Sweden
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Västerås IK (SEL/Allsvenskan)
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Boston Bruins
Södertälje SK (SEL)
NHL Draft 93rd overall, 1988
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19882006

Peter "Poppe" Popovic (Serbian : Popović; born 10 February 1968) is a retired Swedish ice hockey defenceman of Serbian ancestry, and currently an assistant coach of the Sweden men's national team. Popovic was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 5th round (93rd overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

Serbian language South Slavic language

Serbian is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language mainly used by Serbs. It is the official language of Serbia, co-official in the territory of Kosovo, and one of the three official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition, it is a recognized minority language in Montenegro, where it is spoken by the relative majority of the population, as well as in Croatia, North Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Sweden mens national ice hockey team mens national ice hockey team representing Sweden

The Sweden men's national ice hockey team is one of the most successful ice hockey teams in the world and reigning world champions. The team is controlled by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, and it is considered a member of the "Big Six", the unofficial group of the six strongest men's ice hockey nations, along with Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and the United States.


Playing career

Popovic began his National Hockey League career with Montreal in 1994, where he played for five seasons. He also played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins. He left the NHL after the 2001 season, having played 485 games, then played for five seasons in Södertälje SK.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The 1993–94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. The New York Rangers were the Stanley Cup champions. It was the Rangers' fourth championship overall, and their first in 54 seasons, since 1939–40.

New York Rangers National Hockey League franchise in New York City

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the others being the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

Coaching career

On 23 April 2009 Peter Popovic was named the new head coach of Södertälje SK. In 2011, after Södertälje's relegation to HockeyAllsvenskan, Popovic was forced to leave the club. Popovic has also been an assistant coach of VIK Västerås HK under Lars Ivarsson. [1] On 14 April 2011, Popovic was named an assistant coach of Tre Kronor. [2]

Södertälje SK sports club in Södertälje, Sweden

Södertälje Sportklubb, also known as Södertälje SK and often referred to as SSK, is a Swedish professional ice hockey club playing in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest level of pro hockey in Sweden. Södertälje were charter members of Elitserien when the league was founded in 1975 and have since played 24 seasons in the league. Södertälje SK's fan club is known as the "SSK Support".

HockeyAllsvenskan is a professional ice hockey league, and the second-highest league in the Swedish ice hockey system. Since the 2009–10 season, the league consists of fourteen teams.

VIK Västerås HK ice hockey team

Västerås IK is an ice hockey club from Västerås, Sweden. The team is currently playing in the second-tier league in Sweden, Hockeyallsvenskan. Västerås IK played 12 seasons in the top Swedish league Elitserien before the club went bankrupt and merged with the junior club, which changed name to VIK Västerås HK in 2005. In 2018, after playing a year in tier three, Hockeyettan, the club changed it name back to the old name Västerås IK.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1986–87 Västerås IK Hockey SWE U20100112
1986–87 Västerås IK Hockey SWE.2 24123101228106
1987–88 Västerås IK HockeySWE.22831720161514520
1988–89 Västerås IK Hockey SEL 2214532
1988–89 Västerås IK Hockey Allsv 1723520501116
1989–90 Västerås IK HockeySEL30210122420112
1990–91 Västerås IK HockeySEL403255440004
1991–92 Västerås IK HockeySEL347101730
1992–93 Västerås IK HockeySEL39610164630112
1993–94 Montréal Canadiens NHL 47212142660110
1994–95 Västerås IK HockeySEL1103310
1994–95 Montréal CanadiensNHL330558
1995–96 Montréal CanadiensNHL79212146960224
1996–97 Montréal CanadiensNHL781131432
1997–98 Montréal CanadiensNHL6926838101122
1998–99 New York Rangers NHL6814540
1999–2000 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL54156301000010
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL6016748
2001–02 Södertälje SK SEL503182152
2002–03 Södertälje SKSEL50391252
2003–04 Södertälje SKSEL49191061
2004–05 Södertälje SKSEL3614534100008
2005–06 VIK Västerås HK SWE.2 34381134
SEL totals36127791063951902216
NHL totals4881063732913214516


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1993 Sweden WC 80112
1996 Sweden WCH 30002
Senior totals110114

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  1. SSK:s nya tränare heter Peter
  2. "Popovic assisterar Mårts". GP. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-15.