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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.


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

June 2, 2014



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.)


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.)