Predators sign Hornqvist to 5-year contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm •  Published: April 30, 2013
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Hornqvist scored 30 goals in 2009-10 to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach that benchmark. He tied for second in the NHL with eight game-winning goals that season.

He followed that up with 21 goals in 2010-11 and provided a team-high 27 goals in 2011-12. He ranks eighth on the franchise's all-time list in power-play goals (28) and is 10th in overall goals (84).

"He is a unique player," Poile said. "He is one of the fiercest competitors in the National Hockey League. He has that net presence like nobody else. He's a courageous player. He can score goals. He brings a lot of energy to our team."

Now he has a chance to continue bringing that energy for many years to come.

"I want to stay here," Hornqvist said. "I really like it here. It's a great place to live and great place to play, and the fans are great."


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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