He was born in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to Hinton, Alberta, Canada at the age of 4. Bob began his love for hockey in Hinton, along with swimming, cross country running, and cycling.
He lived in Canada until he was drafted in the 3rd Round in 1972 by the New York Islanders. He played a total of 14 seasons. Bob was a throwback to old time hockey players. He netted 235 goals (38 Game Winning Goals), and 278 assists for a total of 513 points during his career. Bob is sixth on the Islander all-time playoff-scoring list with 39 goals and 44 assists for a total of 83 points. He will never be forgotten as the man who scored the sixth game overtime goal to defeat the Flyers in 1980 for the Islanders first Stanley Cup triumph. Bob has played in the third-most games (900) in Islander history.
After 23 years of hard work and driven effort as a member of the organization, both on and off the ice, the Islanders officially retired #23 to the rafters on April 1, 1995. Nystrom's sweater joins other great Islanders, as well as his former teammates, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Mike Bossy, and Clark Gillies, whose numbers have been retired. The Islanders also have a Bobby Nystrom Award given to the player who exemplifies leadership, hustle, and dedication. Bob remains a part of the New York Islander Organization as Director of the NY Islander Alumni.
Bob Nystrom is Executive Vice-President of HRH Consulting Group, an employee benefit consulting firm located in Syosset, NY. His expertise is in developing both insured or self-insured benefit programs for local and national companies. This includes any of the group products an employer would provide their employees as part of the benefits package; including medical, hospitalization, dental, long and short term disability and pension plans such as 401 (k)s. Bob works as an independent broker, interacting with the insurance market or as a consultant in analysis, design and implementation.
Bob works with numerous charitable organizations including: Marty Lyons Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, the National Center for Disability Services, Clark Gillies Foundation, and the Arthritis Foundation. He is on the Board of Directors for ACIT, a member of the Advisory Board of Island Harvest and Suffolk County Council on Physical Fitness.
He is married to wife, Michele, and has two children; daughter, Marisa, and son Eric, one of today's Marty Glickman Outstanding Jewish Scholastic Athletes of the Year.
* The George Young Award is given to that individual, Jewish or non-Jewish, who has best exemplified the high ideals that George Young displayed.