Swedish Olympic hockey team stacked with NHL talent
Wings' Henrik Zetterberg named captain
NHL fans should be very familiar with the Olympic men's hockey team unveiled by Sweden on Tuesday, as all but one player named to the 25-member squad plays in the North American league.
Henrik Zetterberg was named captain of the team, which is looking to rebound from its fifth-place finish in Vancouver in 2010.
Joining Zetterberg is Detroit teammate Daniel Alfredsson, making his fifth Olympic appearance for the Tre Kronor. Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are also on the team that will feature New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who backstopped the team to a gold medal in 2006.
"Last time around [in 2010] was pretty disappointing. I think [we] still have memories from 2006," Daniel Sedin said. "That should be our goal with this team. We have good some good forwards and then some really good young defencemen."
The Red Wings will be well represented by Sweden; a total of six players (Zetterberg, Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Jonas Gustavsson, Jonathan Ericsson, and Johan Franzen) were selected by the team.
Sweden's men's Olympic hockey team has won two medals in the last 20 years; gold medals in 1994 and 2006.
- Jhonas Enroth, 25, G, Buffalo Sabres
- Henrik Lundqvist, 31, G, New York Rangers
- Jonas Gustavsson, 29, G, Detroit Red Wings
- Alexander Edler, 27, D, Vancouver Canucks
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson, 22, D, Phoenix Coyotes
- Jonathan Ericsson, 29, D, Detroit Red Wings
- Niklas Hjalmarsson, 26, D, Chicago Blackhawks
- Erik Karlsson, 23, D, Ottawa Senators
- Niklas Kronwall, 32, D, Detroit Red Wings
- Johnny Oduya, 32, D, Chicago Blackhawks
- Henrik Tallinder, 34, D, Buffalo Sabres
- Daniel Alfredsson, 41, F, Detroit Red Wings
- Nicklas Backstrom, 26, F, Washington Capitals
- Patrik Berglund, 25, F, St. Louis Blues
- Jimmie Ericsson, 33, F, Skelleftea (SEL)
- Loui Eriksson, F, Boston Bruins
- Johan Franzen, F, Detroit Red Wings
- Carl Hagelin, 25, F, New York Rangers
- Marcus Kruger, 23, Chicago Blackhawks
- Gabriel Landeskog, 21, F, Colorado Avalanche
- Daniel Sedin, 33, F, Vancouver Canucks
- Henrik Sedin, 33, F, Vancouver Canucks
- Alexander Steen, 29, F, St. Louis Blues
- Henrik Zetterberg, 33, F, Detroit Red Wings
--With files from The Associated Press