Swedish hockey fans will root for the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup

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GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST WILL PLAY IN HIS FIRST STANLEY CUP

Five Swedes on the New York Rangers will participate in the 2014 Stanley Cup when it begins on June 4 in Los Angeles.

The Rangers, the Eastern Conference champions, will play the Los Angeles Kings, the Western Conference champions. The Kings have no Swedish players. The Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-4 overtime game on June 1 at Chicago. (It was the Kings’ third Game 7 win on the road this postseason.) If the Blackhawks had won the game then there would have been 10 Swedes in the Stanley Cup. (There were five Swedish players on the Blackhawks: MARCUS KRUGER (C), born in Stockholm; JOAKIM NORDSTROM (C), born in Stockholm; NIKLAS HJALMARSSON (D), Born in Eksjo; JOHNNY ODUYA (D), born in Stockholm, and DAVID RUNBLAD (D), born in Lycksele.)

The five Swedish players on the Rangers are JESPER FAST (RW), born in Nassjo; CARL HAGELIN (LW), born in Sodertalje; OSCAR LINDBERG (C), born in Skellefeta; ANTON STRALMAN (D), born in Tibro, and HENRIK LUNDQVIST (G), born in Are. The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens to win the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens had one Swedish player: DOUGLAS MURRAY (D), born in Bromma.

An assistant coach of the Rangers is Ulf Samuelsson of Fagersta. Samuelsson played 16 seasons in the NHL. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992. Ulf was called “Tough Ulf” when he played hockey in Sweden. During the 1998 Olympics in Japan, Ulf was ejected from the Swedish team when it was discovered that he had obtained US citizenship. (Ulf got his Swedish citizenship back in when in 2003 Sweden permitted dual citizenship.)

SWEDES ON THE NEW YORK RANGERS

Jester Fast — Jester is 22-years-old. He was drafted by the Rangers in 2010. He played in only 11 regular season games this year.

Carl Hagelin — Carl is 23-years-old. He was drafted by the Rangers in 2007. He played in 72 regular season games this year. He scored 17 goals and had 16 assists.

Oscar Lindberg — Oscar is 22-years-old. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010. He did not play in any regular season games this year.

Anton Stralman — Anton is 27-years-old. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005. He played in 81 regular games this year. Anton scored one goal and had 12 assists.

Henrik Lundqvist — Henrik is 32-years-old. He was drafted by the Rangers in 2000. He played in 63 regular games this year. Henrik had 1,810 saves and 144 goals scored against him. Henrik’s save average was .920. This will be Henrik’s first Stanley Cup. Of active players, Henrik is second in career playoff shutouts with nine. (Canadian goaltender, Martin Brodeur, who has played his entire career with the New Jersey Devils, has 24 career playoff shutouts.)

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CARL HAGELIN IS TIED FOR THE TEAM LEAD WITH 6 GOALS DURING THE PLAYOFFS

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