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Two Swedes are rated among the top 5 draft choices in the 2018 NHL entry draft

June 2, 2018

Two Swedes — Rasmus Dahlin and Adam Boqvist — are rated number one and number five by Hockey News in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which will take place on June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dahlin, age 18, is a 6-2, 183 pound defenseman who played for Frolunda during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.  He is most likely to be drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, which has the first pick in the 2018 draft.

“Picture Peter Forsberg on the blueline.  That’s what Buffalo is set to get in Dahlin — a slick, skilled, ultra-competitive and downright mean D-man,” wrote Matt Larkin in Hockey News.

The last Swede picked number one in the NHL draft was Mats Sundin in 1989.

“He’s a little like a Peter Forsberg character,” said Tomas Monten, who was Dahlin’s world junior coach. “He gets really mean. He has a high temper.  That gives him a competitive edge at practices and especially in games. He doesn’t lose his head, but he competes.  He’s going to have more dirty tricks than people think. He’s not going to take anything for granted and he’s going to battle for everything.”

Monten added: “I don’t see him as an Erik Karlsson type of defender, but I see him more like a Viktor Hedman.  More like a ‘D’ that can play on your power play, that can score points, he can move the puck for you, but he can also defend, he can play a physical game, he can play a shutdown role.”

Dahlin grew up in Lidkoping, a town of about 25,000 persons.

“His father, Martin, played defense in Sweden’s second and third divisions for a decade and still dabbles in coaching,” it was reported in Hockey News.  “Rasmus’ older brother, Felix, played Tier III pro as a right winger.  He’s just 20 now but has already retired from competitive hockey because of arthritis.  Almost all of Rasmus’ immediate family members suffer from it, including his mother and sister.  But not to worry — multiple scouts suggest it’s not a problem in Rasmus, as he has shown no signs of it and it wouldn’t affect him until later in his career if it arrives.”

Hockey News said of Dahlin: “On top of a successful campaign in Sweden’s top league, the wunderkind D-man was also a star at the world juniors and advanced to earn a place on Sweden’s Olympic team, making hi the youngest player in Korea.”

Boqvist, who will be 18 in August, is a 5-11, 170 pound defenseman who has played for Brynas since the 2014-15 season.  At this summer’s Ivan Hlinka tournament, he finished second among all scores with eight points in five games and helped Sweden win the bronze medal.

“He’s made for today’s game,” it was said in Hockey News.  “He’s a great skater, has excellent puck skills, poise and vision.  He transports and manages the puck well.  He’s the favored size for a lot of people right now, the kind of guy that would have been overlooked before.”

Boqvist’s older brother, Jesper, plays for Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was draft by the New Jersey Devils in 2017.

Other Swedes ranked as Top 60 draft choices by Hockey News are: Isac Lundestrom (No. 14), Ramus Sandin (No. 17), Jacob Olofsson (No. 23), Jonatan Berggren (No. 36), Filip Johansson (No. 38), Adam Ginning (No. 40), Filip Hallander (No. 43), Nils Lundkvist (No. 51), Albin Eriksson (No. 56) and Olof Lindbom (No. 59).

Lundestrom is a 6-0, 185 pound center who has played for Lulea since the 2014-2015 season. He was born in Gallivare.

Sandin is a 5-11, 190 pound defenseman who since the 2013-2014 season has played for MoDo, Almtuna, Brynas and Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).  He was born in Uppsala.

Olofsson is a 6-2, 192 pound center who has played for Timra since the 2015-2016 season. He was born in Pitea.

Berggren is a 5-11, 183 pound right wing who played for Enkoping during the 2014-2015 season and has played for Skelleftea since the 2015-2016 season.  He was born in Uppsala.

Johansson is a 6-1, 187 pound defenseman who has played for Chomutov in the Czech Republic since the 2014-2015 season.  He was born in Vasteras.

Ginning is a 6-3, 196 pound defenseman who has played for Linkoping since the 2014-2015 season.  He was born in Linkoping.

Hallander is a 6-1, 185 pound center who has played for Timra since the 2015-2016 season. He was born in Sundsvall.

Lundkvist is a 5-11, 174 pound defenseman who has played for Lulea since the 2015-2016 season.  He was born in Pitea.

Eriksson is a 6-4, 205 pound left wing who has played for Skelleftea since the 2016-2016 season.  He was born in Bollnas.

Lindbom is a 6-2, 185 pound goalie who has played for Djurgarden since the 2015-2016 seasons.  He was born in Stockholm.

Andrei Svechnikov of Russia, Brady Tkachuk of USA and Filip Zadina of Czech Republic are rated as the second, third and fourth highest draft picks by Hockey News.

 

 

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Sweden took the gold medal at the 2018 World Championship while Switzerland got the silver medal and USA captured the bronze medal

May 20, 2018

The headline on the website of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) read: TRE KRONOR GOLDEN AGAIN!

On May 20, 2018, Sweden beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout to win the gold medal at the 2018 Ice Hockey World Championship at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.  Sweden never took the lead in the championship game before winning the shootout.  Sweden and Switzerland traded chances during the scoreless third period and during an aggressive overtime period.

It was Sweden’s third world title in six years and 11th overall. The shootout goal was made by Filip Forsberg, who plays for the Nashville Predators in the NHL.

“We wanted to win the gold medal, and her we are,” said Sweden forward Viktor Arvidsson, who also plays for Nashville of the NHL. “It’s unbelievable, especially for Filip (Forsberg). He’s a great player, one of our top players.  It’s unbelievable to win with my teammates.”

“We battled hard . . . all tournament long,” said Switzerland defenseman Mirco Muller (New Jersey Devils). “Once you look at the bigger picture, it’s huge for Swiss hockey.  But right now, there’s a disappointment.  We definitely had our chances.”

“They [Switzerland] were close to winning the whole championship.  So credit to them,” said Sweden forward Magnus Paajarvi (Ottawa Senators).

Sweden outshot Switzerland 38-27.

How the scoring went:

FIRST PERIOD — Nino Niederreiter of Switzerland (16:38 played); Gustav Nyquist of Sweden (17:54 played).  1-1 at the end of the first period.  (Niederreiter plays for the Minnesota Wild.)

SECOND PERIOD — Timo Meier of Switzerland (23:13 played) (power play goal); Mika Zibanejad of Sweden (34:54 played) (power play goal).  2-2 at the end of the second period.  (Meier plays for the San Jose Sharks and Zibanejad plays for the New York Rangers.)

THIRD PERIOD — No score.

OVERTIME — No score.

SHOOTOUT — Filip Forsberg of Sweden scored on Leonardo Genoni of Switzerland. (Genoni plays for SC Bern.)

Sweden got to the gold medal game by beating USA 6-0 in the semifinals and by taking a 3-2 win over Latvia in the quarterfinals.  The Vancouver Canucks’ Anders Nilsson became the first goalie to shut out USA during the first nine games of the tournament.  All but one of the players on the American team are NHL players. Switzerland made it to the finals by stunning Canada 3-2 in the semifinals and upsetting Finland 3-2 in the quarterfinals.  Canada was the silver medalist in 2017. Switzerland’s win over Canada this year was said to be its biggest game ever against Canada in the world championship.

Switzerland had not won a major IIHF-sanctioned tournament at any level in 110 years. Sweden had won 16 straight games since winning the 2017 gold medal over Canada in a shootout.  The last loss by Sweden to Switzerland was in 2013, when Switzerland won the silver medal.  Switzerland also won the silver medal in 1935.

Bronze Medal Game — In the bronze medal game, USA beat Canada 4-1.  It was a 2-1 game in the third period until two empty net goals were made by USA at the 2:45 and 1:42 marks.

How the scoring went:

FIRST PERIOD — No score.

SECOND PERIOD — Chris Kreider of USA (6:40 to play) (power play goal); Marc-Edouard Vlasic of Canada (1:54 to play).  1-1 at the end of the second period.  (Kreider plays for the New York Rangers and Vlasic plays for the San Jose Sharks.)

THIRD PERIOD — Nick Bonino of USA (6:39 to play) (power play goal) — then the empty net goals by Anders Lee of USA (2:45 to play) and Chris Kreider of USA (1:42 to play). (Bonino plays for the Nashville Predators and Lee plays for the New York Islanders.)

Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves for USA and Curtis McElhiiney had 33 saves for Canada. (Kinkaid plays for the New Jersey Devils and McElhiiney plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs.)

It was the fist time Canada failed to medal in a world championship in four years.

“Overall, it’s a disappointing tournament,” said alternate captain Ryan O’Reilly of Canada. “It feels like a waste of time.  You want to come here and compete and have a chance to win and you don’t.”  (O’Reilly plays for the Buffalo Sabres.)

“When you look at the tournament overall and you can say you beat Canada twice and came home with a bronze medal, you probably think you’d do a little better than that,” said Patrick Kane of USA.

Bonino had the eventual winning goal while O’Reilly was serving an interference penalty. The opening goal of the game by Kreider was while Canada’s Joel Edmundson was in the box for a roughing infraction.  (Edmundson plays for the St. Louis Blues.)

USA captain Patrick Kane and Canada captain Connor McDavid led their teams in scoring during the tournament.  Kane’s assist to Bonino’s goal gave him 20 points — a new USA record and the best individual performance since Canada’s Dany Heatley had 20 points in 2008.  McDavid finished with 17 points, three behind the Canada record by Heatley and the 1990 performance of Steve Yzerman.

USA beat Czech Republic 3-2 in the quarterfinals.  Canada had a 5-4 overtime win over Russia in the quarterfinals.

Award Winners — Players getting awards as selected by the directorate were: Frederik Andersen of Denmark, best goaltender; John Klingberg of Sweden, best defenseman, and Sebastian Aho of Finland, best forward.  The media all-stars were Patrick Kane of USA, most valuable player; Anders Nilsson of Sweden, best goaltender; Adam Larsson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of Sweden, best defensemen, and Rickard Rakell of Sweden, Patrick Kane of USA and Sebastian Aho of Finland, best forwards.

Group A and Group B — Group A in the tournament was Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Austria and Belarus.  In Group B were Finland, USA, Canada, Latvia, Denmark, Germany, Norway and South Korea.

Fifth through Sixteenth Places — Placing 5-8 were Finland, Russia, Czech Republic and Latvia.  The teams placing 9-14 were Slovakia, Denmark, Germany, France, Norway and Austria.  Belarus and South Korea were 15th and 16th.

Top Goal Scorers — Sebastian Aho of Finland (Carolina Hurricanes) scored nine goals to lead the tournament, which took place from May 4-20, 2018 at Copenhagen and Jyske Bank Boxen at Herning, Denmark.  Patrick Kane of USA (Chicago Blackhawks) had eight goals and Cam Atkinson of USA (Columbus Blue Jackets) had seven goals.

Top Goal Tenders — Anders Nilsson of Sweden (Vancouver Canucks) had the best save percentage: 95.40, followed closely by Frederik Andersen of Denmark (Toronto Maple Leafs) (94.38), Igor Shestyorkin of Russia (SKA Saint Petersburg) (94.19) and Elvis Merzlikins of Latvia (HC Lugano) (94.04).

There were 64 matches played and 384 goals scored (average of six per match). The attendance was 520,481 (average of 8,133 per match).

14 Swedish players were on the last 8 teams involved in the Stanley Cup

May 6, 2018

There were 14 players from Sweden who were members of the last eight National Hockey League teams playing in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Three Swedes are on Nashville’s team.  They are Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok.  Arvidsson, 24, plays left wing.  He was born in Skelleftea and is paid $4.25 million.  Forsberg, 23, plays left wing.  He was born in Ostervala and is paid $6.0 million.  Jarnkrok, 26, plays center.  He was born in Galve and is paid $1.8 million.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Two Swedes are on the Tampa Bay team.  They are Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman.  Hedman, 27, plays defense.  He was born in Ornskoldsvik and is paid $8.0 million.  Stralman, 31, plays defense. He was born in Tibro and is paid $4.5 million.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS — Two Swedes are on the Pittsburgh team.  They are Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist. Hagelin, 29, plays left wing.  He was born in Sodertalje and is paid $3.66 million.  Hornqvist, 31, plays right wing. He was born in Sollentuna and is paid $4.75 million.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Two Swedes are on the Washington team.  They are Nicklas Backstrom and Christian Djoos.  Backstrom, 30, plays center.  He was born in Gavle and is paid $7.5 million.  Djoos, 23, plays defense.  He was born in Gothenburg and is paid $650,000.

SAN JOSE SHARKS — Two Swedes are on the San Jose team.  They are Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen. Karlsson, 27, plays center.  He was born in Lycksele and is paid $2.0 million.  Sorensen, 25, plays left wing.  He was born in Sodertalje and is paid $700,000.

LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS — Two Swedes are on the Las Vegas team. They are William Karlsson and Oscar Lindberg.  Karlsson, 25, plays center.  He was born in Marsta and is paid $1.0 million.  Lindberg, 26, plays center.  He was born in Skelleftea and is paid $1.6 million.

WINNIPEG JETS — One Swede is on the Winnipeg team.  He is Toby Enstrom. Enstrom, 33, plays defense.  He was born in Nordingra and is paid $5.75 million.

BOSTON BRUINS — There are no Swedes on the Boston team.

The highest paid Swedes are Hedman ($8.0 million),  Backstrom ($7.5 million) and Forsberg ($6.0 million). Hedman, 6-6 and 223 pounds, was the No. 2 draft pick in 2009, Backstrom, 6-1 and 210 pounds, was the No. 4 draft pick in 2006 and Forsberg, 6-1 and 205 pounds, was the No. 11 draft pick in 2012.

Two of the highest paid players in the NHL are Sidney Crosby ($10.9 million), a 30-year-old Canadian who plays center for Pittsburgh, and Alexander Ovechkin ($10.0 million), a 32-year-old Russian who plays left wing for Washington.  Crosby, 5-11 and 200 pounds, was the No. 1 draft pick in 2005 and Ovechkin, 6-3 and 235 pounds, was the the No. 1 draft pick in 2004.

Alfredsson and Sedin named by The Hockey News on the all-time best list

October 28, 2017

Two Swedish hockey players have been named on an “all-time best by franchise” list by The Hockey News.

The prestigious publication named the “Top 50 Players of All-Time by Franchise” in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks were listed as the No. 1 all-time player for their respective teams.

Daniel Alfredsson — Alfredsson played right wing for the Senators from 1995-2013.  The Hockey News said about Alfredsson:

“A huge reason why Ottawa became relevant and stayed that way ever since was the arrival of Alfredsson. He cracked the roster at 23 in 1995-96 as a sixth-round draft pick from the 1994 draft, sniped 26 goals and won the Calder Trophy. The following year, he led the Sens on their first playoff foray, which sparked years of dominance in the standings and deep playoff pushes.”

The article added:

“He laps the Ottawa field in every major offensive category, because he was so good for so long. He scored at least 20 goals in a Sens uniform 13 times. He had 70 or more points 10 times. He’s the most beloved Senator because he was a stalwart for them across three different decades.”

Alfredsson was born Dec. 11, 1972 at Gothenburg.  He is considered a Swedish-Canadian hockey player because he and his wife, Birgitta, reside in Ottawa and Saro, Sweden.  They are the parents of four sons: Hugo, Loui, Fenix and William Erik.  Alfredsson became a Canadian citizen in 2016.

Alfredsson was a member of Sweden’s 2006 hockey team, which won the gold medal, and Sweden’s 2014 hockey team, which won the silver medal.

Daniel Sedin — Sedin has played left wing for the Canucks since 2000.  He has a twin brother, Henrik Sedin, who also plays for the Canucks. The Hockey News said about Daniel and Henrik Sedin:

“Identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin have just 23 games and 34 points separating them after 16 illustrious seasons. . . . Daniel has always been the shooter in the tandem, so he gets the edge for No. 1 in these rankings. Daniel’s 370 goals beat Henrik’s 237 by a landslide. . . . Daniel and Henrik powered some mighty Canucks teams — including the 2010-11 group that lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final — because they worked so well as a two-man force.”

Henrik Sedin was named the No. 2 all-time player for the Canucks.

Daniel Hans Sedin was born on Sept 26, 1980 at Ornskoldsvik.  He and his wife, Marinette, were married in 2005.  They have two daughters (Ronja and Anna) and a son (Erik).

Sedin played with Alfredsson on Sweden’s 2006 gold medal Olympic team and Sweden’s 2014 silver medal Olympic team.

Eight Swedes in the Stanley Cup finals

May 29, 2017

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CARL HEGELIN OF SODERTALJE, SWEDEN — PITTSBURGH PENGUINS STAR

(PHOTO CREDIT: BRUCE BENNETT)

Eight Swedes are on NHL teams playing in the finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup.

There are five Swedes on the Nashville Predators. They are Filip Forsberg of Ostervala, Calle Jarnkrok of Gavle, Pontus Aberg of Stockholm, Viktor Arvidsson of Skelleftea and Mattias Ekholm of Borlange.

There are three Swedes on the Pittsburgh Penguins. They are Oskar Sundqvist of Boden, Carl Hagelin of Sodertalje and Patric Hornqvist of Sollentuna.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Filip Forsberg — Forsberg, 22, is a 6-1, 186 pound center. This is in his fourth year in the NHL. He was drafted in the first round in 2012. He had 31 goals and 27 assists during the regular season. He has had eight goals and seven assists during the playoffs.  Forsberg’s 2017-18 salary will be $6.0 million.  Hockey news says of Forsberg: “Has plenty of offensive acumen, a good release and quick shot. Also displays plenty of two-way ability, speed, sound defensive instincts and the ability to make a major impact on both special teams.”

Calle Jarnkrok — Jarnkrok, 25, is a 5-11, 186 pound center. This is in his third year in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round in 2010. He had one goal and one assist during the regular season. He has had one goal and three assists during the playoffs.  Jarnkrok’s 2017-18 salary will be $2.0 million.  Hockey News says of Jarnkrok: “Has great playmaking skills and plenty of hockey sense.  Sees the ice very well and is quite adept whenever he has the puck on his stick. Can play all three forward positions and in any game situation.”

Pontus Aberg — Aberg, 23, is a 5-11, 189 pound left wing. This is in his first year in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round in 2012. He spent most of this season with Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League. He was called up before the Stanley Cup playoffs. He had one goal and one assist during the regular season. He has had one goal and three assists during the playoffs.  Hockey News says about Aberg: “Is a slick winger with great speed, plenty of offensive acumen and the versatility to play on either side of center.  Has pretty good hockey sense.”

Viktor Arvidsson — Arvidsson, 24, is a 5-9, 172 pound right wing. This is in his third year in the NHL. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2014. He had 31 goals and 30 assists the regular season. He has had three goals and nine assists during the playoffs.  Hockey News says about Arvidsson: “Is a great skater with plenty of offensive ability and a very sound work rate. Shoots the puck with aplomb and possesses a lot of creativity when he has the puck.”

Mattias Ekholm — Ekholm, 27, is a 6-4, 204 pound defenseman. This is in his fifth year in the NHL. (Not counter the two games he played for the Predators during the 2011-12 season.) He was drafted in the fourth round in 2009. He had three goals and 20 assists during the regular season. He has had eight assists during the playoffs.  Ekholm’s 2017-18 salary will be $3.75 million.  Hockey News says about Ekholm: “Has a huge frame (6-4, 215 pounds), puck-moving ability and a big shot from the point. Usually keeps his game very simple and minimizes mistakes. Owns all-round acumen.”

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Oskar Sundqvist — Sundqvist, 23, is a 6-3, 209 pound center. This is his second year in the NHL. (He played 18 games for the Penguins during the 2015-16 seasons.) He was drafted in the 3rd round during 2012.  Hockey News says about Sundqvist: “Has great size and he likes to use it.  Excels playing a physical brand of hockey, and he is even quite the agitator. Is versatile up front (he can play all three forward positions) and displays plenty of two-way upside.”

Carl Hegelin — Hagelin, 28, is a 5-11, 186 pound left wing. This is his fifth year in the NHL. (He has also played for the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks.) He was drafted in the 6th round in 2007. He had six goals and 16 assists during the regular season. He has had one goal during the playoffs.  Hegelin’s 2017-18 salary will be $4.0 million.  Hockey News says of Hagelin: “Owns tremendous speed, especially on the outside of defenders. Also has excellent defensive instincts, as well as streaky offensive ability. Can be an impactful forward on the penalty kill.”

Patric Hornqvist — Hornqvist, 30, is a 5-11, 186 pound right wing. This is his eighth year in the NHL. (He has also played for the Nashville Predators.) He was drafted in the 7th round in 2005. He had 21 goals and 23 assists during the regular season. He has had four goals and three assists during the playoffs.  Hornqvist’s 2017-18 salary will be $4.25 million.  Hockey News says of Hornqvist: “Is capable of producing offense from right in front of the net, which can take goaltenders off their game. Can take loads of punishment to score and is not bad in his own end.  Scores garbage goals.”

During the regular season, Nashville was 41-29 and Pittsburgh was 50-21.

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VIKTOR ARVIDSSON OF THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS

(PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL TURESKI)

National Hockey League players from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

May 1, 2016

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PETER FORSBERG IN 1991 WHILE PLAYING WITH MODO HOCKEY

(PHOTO CREDIT: HOCKEY GODS)

The city of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden (also known as O-vik) has produced a great number of NHL players for a community of about 30,000 persons. A list of NHL hockey players who have played for MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik is set forth below.

As to NHL players actually born in Ornskoldsvik the city has perhaps produced more NHL players per capita than any other city in the world. A Swedish economist calculated that to produce so many NHL players the city should have had a population of 12 million persons.

“Hockey makes the city go round,” said Mikael Sundell, instructor at Nolaskolen, Ornskoldsvik hockey high school.

“Hockey is the only sport played at O-vik. It’s a traditional thing. When you grow up you basically chose between hockey and no sports at all,” said Par Hagglund, sports editor of the local newspaper, as quoted in an article by Janne Bengtsson titled “Sweden’s hockey hotbed.” (The Globe and Mail — May 31, 2011.) (Bengtsson is the hockey reporter for Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm.)

Some NHL hockey players who were born in Ornskoldsvik are:

HENRIK SEDIN — Henrik has played 1,166 NHL games since he started his NHL career in 2000. He currently plays center for the Vancouver Canucks.

DANIEL SEDIN — Daniel has played 1,143 NHL games since he started is NHL career in 2000. He currently plays LW for the Vancouver Canucks.

PETER FORSBERG — Peter played 708 NHL games during his NHL career from 1995 to 2011. He last played for the Colorado Avalanche. He is the son of Kent Forsberg, a former coach of MODO and the Swedish national team. Peter is currently the assistant general manager of MODO.

MARKUS NASLUND — Markus played 1,117 NHL games during his NHL career from 1993 to 2009. He returned to live in Ornskoldsvik after he retired and served as MODO’s general manager for more than three years.

NIKLAS SUNDSTROM — Niklas played 750 NHL games during his NHL career from 1995 to 2006. He played forward and was known for his defensive play. Niklas last played for the Montreal Canadiens.

VICTOR HEDMAN — Victor currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has played in 392 NHL games.

LARS MOLIN — Lars played forward for three seasons (1981 – 1984) with the Vancouver Canucks.

ANDERS HEDBERG — Anders played 465 games in the NHL. He played for the New York Rangers from 1978 to 1985.

HANS JONSSON — Hans played 242 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has played for MODO.

ANDREAS SALOMONSSON — Andreas played for the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals from 2001 to 2003. He then returned to play for MODO. He retired in 2010.

PIERRE HEDIN — Pierre played three games for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2003-2004 season. He played four seasons for MODO after he returned to Sweden and also played for Sodertalje, Sweden during his last year of hockey (2009-2010 season).

NIKLAS NORDGREN — Niklas played 58 games in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2005-2006 season. He played for MODO during the 2013-2014 season.

MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik played in the Swedish Hockey League, (Next year it will play in Sweden’s second-tier league, Hockey Allsvenskan.) The coaching legends at MODO were the late Carl-Abel “Kabben” Berglund and Anders Melinder, principal at the Hockey Gymnasium Ornskoldsvik.

Other past or present NHL players who played at MODO include, in alphabetical order:

Adrian Aucoin (Canada), Zdenek Blatny (Czech.), Donald Brashear (USA), Bobby Butler (USA), Kyle Cumiskey (USA), Niko Dimitrakos (USA), Robert Dome (Slovakia), Patrick Dwyer (USA), Tobias Enstrom (Sweden), Anders Eriksson (Sweden), Anton Forsberg (Sweden), Thomas Gradin (Sweden), Josh Green (Canada), Kari Haakana (Finland), T. J. Hensick (USA), Shaun Heshka (Canada), Dan Hinote (USA), Miroslav Hlinka (?), Marcel Hossa (Slovakia), Martin Hostak (Czech.), Greg Johnston (Canada), Hans Jonsson (Sweden), Kaberle Frantisek (Czech.), Petr Kalus (Czech.), Kyosti Karjalainen (Sweden), Joel Kwiatkowski (Canada), Maxim Lapierre (PQ), Tommy Lehman (Sweden), Lars Lindgren (Sweden), Joakim Lindstrom (Sweden), Richard Lintner (Slovakia), Viktor Loov (Sweden), Freddy Meyer (USA), Tomas Mojzis (Czech.), Mike Morrison (USA), Bryan Muir (Canada), Ladislav Nagy (Slovakia), Joonas Nattinen (Finland), Niklas Nordgren (O-vic, Sweden), Michael Nylander (Canada), Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden), Robert Petrovicky (Skovakia), Ronald Petrovicky (Slovakia), Thomas Pock (Austria), Richie Regehr (Canada), Byron Ritchie (Canada), Travis Roche (Canada), Anssi Salmela (Finland), Tommy Salo (Sweden), Andreas Salomonsson (O-vik, Sweden), Rob Schremp (USA), Brett Skinner (Canada), Radek Smolenak (Czech.), Per Svartvadet (Sweden), Niklas Svedberg (Sweden), Jeff Tambellini (Canada), Mikael Tellqvist (Sweden), Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (Norway), Tony Tuzzolino (USA), Linus Ullmark (Sweden), Jeff Ulmer (Canada), David Vyborny (Czech.), Mattias Weinhandl (Sweden), Noah Welch (USA), Ryan Whitney (USA), Kyle Wilson (Canada) and Mats Zuccarelio (Norway).

(Source: MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik all-time player roster at http://www.hockeydb.com.)

MODO won its first Le Mat Trophy (the Swedish Stanley Cup) in 1979. The MODO roster of 23 Swedish players included 17 from Ornskoldsvik.

MODO won its next Le Mat Trophy in 2007. “When Modo won gold — its first in 28 years — 8,000 people crowded into the new Swedbank Arena to celebrate,” wrote Ivar Edman in an article titled “A puck-crazed town in Sweden churns out N.H.L. stars.” (New York Times — May 3, 2007.) “Just as many filled the town’s square.”

“Ornskoldsvik would play a major role in the two greatest moments in Swedish hockey history: the Olympic gold-medal victories in 1994 and 2006,” wrote Stephen Brunt in an article titled “There’s a remote little town in Sweden that exports three things: pulp and paper, heavy machinery and really, really good NHL players: Inside a hockey factory.”

MODO has retired the numbers for Nils Johansson (1958-1970), Per Lundqvist (1968-1983), Magnus Wernblom (1990-2004, 2007-2009), Anders Hedberg (1967-1972), Peter Forsberg (1990-1995, 2005, 2009-2010) and Per Svartvadet (1992-1999, 2003-2009).

Swedes on MODO’s current roster are Albin Carlson, Emil Djuse, Oscar Hedman (O-vik), Adrian Kempe, Niklas Nordgren (O-vik), Peter Oberg, Victor Olofsson (O-vik), Markus Olsson (O-vik), Simon Oerud, Samuel Pahlsson, Dennis Persson, Gustaf Possler, Adam Reideborn, Nichlas Torp and Linus Ullmark.

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MARKUS NASHLUND WITH TODD BERTUZZI OF THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS

MARKUS SERVED AS MODO’S GENERAL MANAGER

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Sweden wins IIHF world championship over undefeated Swiss team

May 20, 2013

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THE SWEDISH TEAM CELEBRATES AFTER WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

After a tight game for two periods, Sweden scored three goals in the third period and won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship by a score of 5-1 over Switzerland on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Globe Arena in Stockholm.  It was Tre Kronor’s ninth title.  The United States beat Finland 3-2 in a shootout for the Bronze Medal.

Switzerland was 9-0 and Sweden was 6-2 going into the championship game.  Switzerland beat Sweden 3-2 earlier during the championships. (In preliminaries, Sweden finished third in its pool — with a 5-2 record — behind Switzerland and Canada.)  Switzerland’s Roman Josi, who plays for the Nashville Predators in the NHL, was named the world championship’s best defenseman and most valuable player.  Sweden’s Jhonas Enroth, a member of the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, was named the best goalkeeper of the world championships.  Petri Kontiola of Finland received the award as best forward of the tournament.

Switzerland took the lead at 1-0 with a goal by Josi just 4:45 into the game.  Less than two minutes later, Erik Gustafsson of Sweden, who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL, scored a goal to make the score 1-1.  Shortly thereafter, Henrik Sedin of Sweden, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, made a power play goal to put Sweden in the lead at 2-1.

There was no score in the second period.  Going into the final 20 minutes, it was anyone’s game.  Simon Hjalmarsson put in a rebound to put Sweden up by a 3-1 score at 7:13 remaining.  Loui Eriksson of Sweden, who plays for the Dallas Stars in the NHL, made a goal with 4:23 remaining make it 4-1 when a pass from Henrik Sedin bounced off Eriksson’s skate.  Henrik Sedin closed out the scoring with a long empty net goal at 3:24 remaining after Switzerland pulled its goalkeeper.

Jhonas made 26 saves for Sweden.  Martin Gerber of Switzerland, who formerly played in the NHL, had 22 saves.

It was Sweden’s first IIHF world championship since 2006.  In winning the Silver Medal, it was Switzerland’s first medal of any kind in the IIHF since it won a Silver Medal in the 1953 world championship.

Players selected to the all-star team by the media were:

GK — Jhonas Enroth, Sweden

DE — Roman Josi, Switzerland

DE — Julien Vauclair, Switzerland

FW — Petri Kontiola, Finland

FW — Paul Stastny, USA; he is a member of the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

FW — Henrik Sedin, Sweden.

Josi and Henrik Sedin each had four goals and five assists in the tournament.  Henrik Sedin’s twin brother, Daniel Sedin, had goal and five assists during the tournament.  The Sedin brothers only played in four games; they missed the early games because they were playing in the NHL’s Stanley Cup — but their team was swept in four games.

Sweden’s scores during the championships were as follows:

May 3 — Lost 3-2 to SUI.

May 4 — Won 2-1 over CZE.

May 6 — Won 2-1 over BLR.

May 8 — Won 5-1 over NOR.

May 9 — Lost 3-0 to CAN.

May 11 — Won 2-0 over SLO.

May 14 — Won 4-2 over DEN.

May 16 — Won 3-2 over CAN.

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THE SWEDISH TEAM SINGS THE SWEDISH NATIONAL ANTHEM AFTER WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP