Tony Mårtensson, the Swedish winger whose 20 year pro career took him to the United States, Russia, Switzerland and his native Sweden, today announced his retirement from pro hockey at age 39.
After starting his junior career with Arlanda and Brynäs of the Swedish League, Mårtensson was drafted by Anaheim as a seventh round pick in 2001, but would only play six games for the Mighty Ducks, spending two seasons with their AHL affiliate in Cincinnati. Mårtensson returned to the Swedish league with Linköping HC in 2004, spending five seasons with Cluben with a single-year stop with Kazan of the KHL on loan, winning the Gagarin Cup in 2009. He would again be loaned to the KHL in 2010, joining SKA Saint Petersburg, but he would end up staying for five more seasons, winning the Spengler Cup in 2011 and his second Gagarin Cup in 2015. Mårtensson would transfer to HC Lugano of the Swiss National League in 2015 for two seasons, before returning to Linköping for one year in 2017-18, joining Almtuna of the Allsvenskan for his final two pro seasons, ending his career as a three time KHL All-Star, two time SHL All-Star, and the winner of the SHL MVP “Guldhjälmen” in 2008.
Mårtensson first suited up for Sweden with the Juniorkronorna at the 1998 European Junior Campionships, joining the club at the World Junior Championships in 2000. His first appearance at a senior tournament was at the 2006 World Championships, where he won Gold as part of the second half of Sweden’s historic double, becoming the first team to win Olympic and Worlds Gold in the same year. Mårtensson would suit up for the World Championships for the next four consecutive years (2007-10), winning Bronze at both the 2009 and 2010 Worlds. Also a regular on the Euro Hockey Tour, Mårtensson finished his Tre Kronor career with 77 points in 107 games for his country.
Mårtensson captured the IHLC seven times during his career, first in 2005 on the Euro Hockey Tour, with his final coming four years later, again on the Tour in 2009. We wish Tony and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!