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Henrik Lundqvist to play

Henrik Lundqvist to play

Swedish goaltender joins twin brother

Published 12.05.2017 13:13 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
Henrik Lundqvist to play
Henrik Lundqvist will play for Sweden first time since the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Photo: Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will join the national team at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Sweden today registered defenceman Philip Holm of Swedish club Vaxjo Lakers and still has roster spots open for one goaltender and three skaters. It’s already clear who will take the goalie spot as the team announced that it will be joined by NHL veteran Henrik Lundqvist.

That also means Henrik Lundqvist will for the first time play in a top-level men’s international event together with his twin brother Joel Lundqvist, who captains Tre Kronor at the 2017 Worlds. The last time they played together internationally was at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Lundqvist’s New York Rangers lost the NHL Eastern Conference semi-finals to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Tuesday.

It will be the fifth time Henrik Lundqvist will suit up for Sweden at a World Championship. The Vezina Trophy winner of 2012 also represented Sweden in two World Cups and in three Olympic Winter Games leading Tre Kronor to Olympic gold in Turin 2006 and to a silver-medal finish in Sochi 2014. Lundqvist won World Championship silver twice, in 2003 and 2004.


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