Hörður Vilhjálmsson

Hörður Axel Vilhjálmsson (born December 18, 1988) is an Icelandic professional basketball player for Keflavík of the Úrvalsdeild karla and a member of the Icelandic national team.

Hörður Axel Vilhjálmsson
Hörður playing for the Iceland in 2015
PositionPoint guard
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
Personal information
Born (1988-12-18) December 18, 1988
Reykjavík, Iceland
Listed height194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight90 kg (198 lb)
Career information
Playing career2003–present
Career history
As player:
2007Gran Canaria
2008Club Melilla
2011–2013Mitteldeutscher BC
2014–2015Mitteldeutscher BC
2015Aries Trikala
2015–2016ČEZ Nymburk
2016Aries Trikala
2016Limburg United
2017Bondi Ferrara
As coach:
2019–presentKeflavík (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Hörður began his career at the age of 15 in his home in Fjölnir Reykjavík. Through his brother was a basketball coach in Iceland, he came to the basketball. At 17, he moved to Spain, but returned a short period of time to Iceland. After starring again in Spain for a second division in the preseason, he finally played for the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild club Keflavík. In 2009 he set the Úrvalsdeild record for most minutes played in a single game when he played all 60 minutes in a quadruple overtime game against KR.[1] In 2010/11 Hörður appeared in 30 games averaging 33 minutes on the floor and delivered an average of 16.5 points. With 7.3 assists, he was the third-best assist provider and he also had 2.5 steals per game being the second best player in the league in this category.

On 2011 Hörður signed Mitteldeutscher BC. He received a three-year contract, which was valid in both the ProA and in the Basketball Bundesliga. In 37 games, he averaged 23 minutes on the floor and gave off 9.6 points and 2.3 assists. Mitteldeutscher BC reserved the right in the contract, to terminate the cooperation. On June 17, 2013, announced that Hörður made use of the option to buy out of his existing contract for a four-figure sum.[2] This made the club as well as fans of incomprehension and disappointment as was counted on him.

Due to the Eurobasket 2013 and the related absence of some players in the Spanish first division, Hörður played with Bilbao Basket for the preseason. After preparation of completed time he moved within the league to CB Valladolid.[3] During the season he switched back to Mitteldeutscher BC. On 3 June 2014, the club announced to engage Hörður again.

On August 18, 2015, he signed Aries Trikala of the Greek Basket League.[4] In October, he left the club and signed with ČEZ Nymburk.[5] On January 6, 2016, he rejoined Aries Trikala for the rest of the season.[6]

On July 1, 2016, he joined Rethymno Cretan Kings.[7] After Antonis Constantinides became the head coach of the club, Hörður left the club before appearing in a single game.[8] The 2016–17 season he started with Keflavík but after only two games he left the club[9], and on October 21, 2016, he signed with Belgian club Limburg United.[10] He left Limburg after appearing in five games, and returned to Keflavík.[11] On April 12, 2017, the day after being eliminated with Keflavík from the Icelandic semi-finals, he signed with Bondi Ferrara of the Italian Serie A2 Basket.[12]

On July 5, 2017, he signed with Astana of the VTB United League.[13][14] In December 2017, Hörður left the club and expected to sign back with Keflavík.[15] On December 27, Hörður signed with Keflavík for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[16]

On March 29, 2018, after Keflavík had been eliminated from the Úrvalsdeild playoffs, Hörður signed with Kymis of the Greek Basket League.[17]

In July 2018, Hörður signed with Keflavík once again.[18]

International career

Hörður was a part of the first Icelandic national basketball team to qualify for a EuroBasket tournament, in 2015. He also played at EuroBasket 2015 with Iceland, where he averaged 6.8 points and 2.2 assists per game.[19]

Coaching career

On 8 May 2019, Hörður was announced as an assistant coach to the Keflavík women's team.[20]

Titles, awards and achievements








  1. Jónsson, Óskar Ófeigur (March 27, 2009). "Hörður Axel lék í allar sextíu mínúturnar". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. Hordur Vilhjalmsson leaves MBC.
  3. CB Valladolid signs Hordur Vilhjalmsson.
  4. Hordur Vilhjalmsson signs with Trikala.
  5. Nymburk pen Iceland's Vilhjalmsson.
  6. Hordur Vilhjalmsson moves to Trikala.
  7. Hordur Vilhjalmsson pens a deal with Rethymno.
  8. Sverrisson, Sindri (September 8, 2016). "Þjálfarinn hætti og Herði Axel snerist hugur". Mbl.is. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  9. Þórðarson, Tómas Þór (October 20, 2016). "Hörður Axel yfirgefur Keflavík eftir aðeins tvo leiki". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  10. Hordur Vilhjalmsson inks with Limburg United
  11. Sæmundsson, Ingvi Þór (November 24, 2016). "Hörður Axel: Ekki búinn að loka dyrunum á atvinnumennskuna". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  12. Hörður Axel til Ítalíu
  13. Hordur Vilhjalmsson inks with PBC Astana
  14. "Hörður Axel til Kasakstans". RÚV (in Icelandic). July 5, 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  15. Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (22 December 2017). "Hörður Axel á leiðinni heim". Vísir.is. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  16. Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (27 December 2017). "Hörður Axel aftur til Keflavíkur". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  17. Anton Ingi Leifsson (29 March 2018). "Hörður Axel til Grikklands". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  18. Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (14 July 2018). "Hörður Axel endursamdi við Keflavík". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  19. Hörður Viljhjálmsson - EuroBasket 2015
  20. Davíð Eldur (8 May 2019). "Jón Halldór og Hörður Axel taka við Keflavík – Finnur aðstoðar Sverri". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 May 2019.
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