Mark Owuya

Mark Owuya
Mark Owuya
Born July 18, 1989 (1989-07-18) (age 22)
Huddinge, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Djurgårdens IF (SEL)
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Mark Aloysius Opoya Owuya (born 18 July 1989) is a professional Swedish ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, having been signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on 28 April 2011.[1]

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Career

Owuya began playing junior hockey with Djurgårdens IF in the 2005–06 season when he began playing with the U18 team. The following season Owuya played with both Djurgården's U18 and J20 team and also played most of the games with the Djurgården's J20 team in the 2007–08 season. While Stefan Ridderwall joined team Sweden for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Owuya made his Elitserien debut on 3 January 2008, against Brynäs IF.[2] He was loaned out to Mälarhöjden/Bredängs IK during the 2007–08 winter,[3] and was also later loaned out to Almtuna IS for the entire 2008–09 season.[4] Owuya was also on loan during the 2009–10 season, first to Örebro HK and later Mora IK.[5] In the 2010 pre-season, Owuya was moved up to Djurgården's senior team, to compete with goaltender Stefan Ridderwall to be the first choice in the goal.[6] Ultimately, Owuya played in 32 out of 55 games in the 2010–11 Elitserien season, with a 2.18 goals against average and league-best save percentage of .927.[7][1] He also played in all of Djurgården's seven playoff games, with a 1.66 goals against average and .924.[8]

Personal

His father is from Uganda and his mother is from Russia.[9] Mark's brother Sebastian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010. Owuya is also known in Sweden for rapping on popular talent show Idol as "Mark In Da Park".[9]

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2009 Ottawa Ice hockey

Owuya represented Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Maple Leafs sign Swedish goaltending prospect Owuya". tsn.ca. 28 April 2011. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=363946. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Alexanderson, Thomas. "Mark Owuyas Elitseriedebut" (in Swedish). difhockey.se. Djurgårdens IF Hockey. http://www.difhockey.se/nyhet.php?news=4391. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Peterson, Jimmy. "Dennis och Mark lånas ut" (in Swedish). difhockey.se. Djurgårdens IF Hockey. http://www.difhockey.se/nyhet.php?news=4314. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Alexanderson, Thomas. "Mark in da Almtuna-park" (in Swedish). difhockey.se. Djurgårdens IF Hockey. http://www.difhockey.se/nyhet.php?news=4926. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Arvidsson, Johan (24 January 2010). "Owuya klar för konkurrent" (in Swedish). Nerikes Allehanda. http://na.se/sporten/ishockey/1.714994-owuya-klar-for-konkurrent. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hovets sista utposter i ständig konkurrens" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. 6 September 2010. http://www.dn.se/sport/ishockey/hovets-sista-utposter-i-standig-konkurrens. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Målvaktsstatistik" (in Swedish). hockeyligan.se. Svenska Hockeyligan AB. http://estat.hockeyligan.se/c/LGoalkeepers.aspx?LId=198. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Målvaktsstatistik" (in Swedish). hockeyligan.se. Svenska Hockeyligan AB. http://estat.hockeyligan.se/c/LGoalkeepers.aspx?LId=247. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Abrahamsson, Hans (16 October 2010). "Jag ska till NHL" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/hockey/sverige/elitserien/djurgarden/article7965881.ab. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sweden stays perfect". The Globe and Mail. CP. 29 December 2008. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article730115.ece. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

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