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2019/2020. Magnus Hellberg

Magnus Hellberg
HC SKA press-service

REGULAR SEASON

26 appearances, 14 victories, 3 shutouts, 92.7% save percentage, 1.70 goals against average

PLAYOFFS

2 appearances, 2 victories, 1 shutout, 97.7% save percentage, 0.69 goals against average

STORY OF THE SEASON

At the end of August, Magnus received a serious injury, meaning he had to wait until October 10 to make his debut in the 2019/2020 KHL campaign. Interestingly, the Swede only picked up his maiden shutout of the competitive season in January, but he was solid throughout the entire campaign. Rarely making serious mistakes, Magnus helped SKA emerge from a tough period towards the end of 2019 and the start of 2020, gaining more confidence as the season progressed. Magnus finished the regular season with three clean sheets to his name.

Magnus regularly shared duties as starting goalkeeper with Alexei Melnichuk and, in particular, Alexander Samonov. The latter started the Gagarin Cup playoffs between the pipes, however, after the first two games in Saint Petersburg, Magnus was subsequently given a chance in the away matches in Podolsk. He helped SKA sweep Vityaz with two excellent displays.

2019/2020. Magnus Hellberg

In the fourth game against Vityaz, Magnus set a new personal KHL record in terms of saves, stopping 54 of 56 attempts as SKA eventually prevailed in the third period of overtime with Swedish defenseman, Lukas Bengtsson, hitting the target on the powerplay.

Overall, it took Magnus 68 matches to concede his 100th goal as a SKA player, a club record.

"When the opponents create an opportunity, you have to be ready," stated Magnus when giving an interview with the media. "It's easier when you have a lot of shots to face, as you don't have time to think. When the opposing team doesn't create many chances, you must rely on keeping concentration psychologically."

Magnus has been on SKA's books since the summer of 2018 when he transferred from Kunlun Red Star. He has learnt several Russian words and phrashes since moving to Saint Petersburg.

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