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Swedish Olympic camp invitees include Lundqvist, Sedins

Jul 22, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

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The Swedish Olympic ice hockey team didn’t medal in 2010, but with a gold from 2006, it’s unlikely they’ll sneak up on anyone in 2014. They rolled out their 35 orientation camp invitees on Monday, much like America, Canada, Finland and Russia did earlier.

Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Zetterberg and the Sedin twins rank as the biggest marquee players, while it feels strange to imagine a Swedish team without Nicklas Lidstrom and Daniel Alfredsson.

Unlike with most of the high-level Olympic teams, there’s no denying the front-runner for the top goalie gig in Lundqvist. (Of course, the threat of injury and other complications keeps that from being an absolute guarantee.)

Here’s the full roster, via

Forwards: Patrik Berglund, *Nicklas Backstrom, Jimmie Ericsson, *Loui Eriksson, *Johan Franzen, Carl Hagelin, *Patric Hornqvist, Marcus Johansson, Marcus Kruger, Gabriel Landeskog, Oscar Lindberg, Joel Lundqvist, Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Persson, *Daniel Sedin, Vancouver, *Henrik Sedin, Alexander Steen and *Henrik Zetterberg.

Defensemen: Jonas Brodin, Alexander Edler, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Nicklas Grossmann, Erik Gustafsson, Victor Hedman, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, *Niklas Kronwall, *Douglas Murray, *Johnny Oduya and *Henrik Tallinder.

Goalies: Jhonas Enroth, Viktor Fasth, Robin Lehner and *Henrik Lundqvist.

* – Represents a player returning from the 2010 Olympic team.

  1. killerpgh - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Another really solid roster. Should be able to have great depth at all 3 positions. Can’t wait for the Olympic’s to start.

  2. thailer35 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    OEL! OEL!

  3. chuchie414 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    3 things:

    1 Why did Staffan Kronwall get snubbed?
    2 Persson better make the final cut.
    3 I hope they wear those dark sweaters again (They finally brought them back at this
    year’s World Championships) !

    • axisofweasels - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      wait, theres another kronwall??

      someone warn havlat.

  4. tyler4richardson - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    If a player is excluded from these lists, by Olympic rules does it mean they can’t compete? Despite not being invited, I can’t fathom Alfredsson not representing Sweden…….. Or the Sweden team thinking he isn’t good enough. Unless that is the rule, I fully expect Alfy to be in Sochi.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Players dont have to be on the camp roster, although its a rarity someone makes the olympic roster that wasnt at camp.

      • tyler4richardson - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        Thank you. A rarity, but Alfy is a rare talent and legend in Sweden. I would be shocked if Sweden says no to him or he says no to them. Despite his age, his locker room presence should be enough in my opinion.

  5. 19to77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Joacim Eriksson was the Tim Thomas of the SEL last season, and only slightly less daunting the season before. He doesn’t even get a tryout?

    • tyler4richardson - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      This Canucks fan would like to see him go. Kid has a bright future. With only 4 goalies going and Lundqvist all but a lock as the starter, it does seem dumb not to invite a 5th whether it’s Joacim or some other goalie. Great pick up for Cancuks though and pure stupidity from the Flyers. That team is willing to develop goalies…….. as long as their 30 years or older.

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    This now makes 13 Blackhawks selected for Olympic teams. Have to be the overall leaders. Last i counted, Pens had 8.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Not to be picky, but they haven’t been selected yet, they were just invited to the camps. The real rosters are only allowed to have 25 (new number for this year, correct?) players on them.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      I love Olympic hockey but I think it’s a negative for your team to have these guys kill themselves for a couple weeks while the majority of the league rests. It will be interesting to see how it impacts the teams

      • buckyblackhawk - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Hawks won the cup last olympic year.

    • dwoklives - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Blues have quite a few, as well.

  7. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I knew it would never happen, but I was really hoping by some grace of hockey gods that Lidstrom would stay in shape and give it just one last go. Especially since I think Sweden is gonna be a darkhorse team and could really shake up some frontrunners. If the king is really hot who knows, they could even see another gold!?

    • buckyblackhawk - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      You don’t think of Sweden as a frontrunner?

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        I think “frontrunners” have more to do with expectations then they do the actual talent on the team. At the end of the day everyone can’t be a frontrunner. To me, the frontrunners are the two teams most people expect to be in the finals whether it be for the Olympics or the Stanley Cup or Worlds or whatever. I wouldn’t put them in the same category as USA or Canada. Sweden is like one step below them and one step above like Russia/Finland to me.

      • buckyblackhawk - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Fair and well thought out reply. I agree with the way you have ranked the teams. Going to be an amazing tournament.

  8. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Does anyone know if the Olympic Rules are stricter on the size limitations of the goalie’s equipment to prevent the players that abuse it in the NHL from exploiting an advantage in the tournament?

    • krebsy34 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Here is the PDF link for the IIHF goalie equipment rules. ( In general it is quite similar to the NHL rules. The IIHF does not allow a one piece cuff on the catcher. I believe, but don’t quote me, that the Chesty size rules are bigger. I don’t actually feel like looking up the NHL measurements and giving you the difference. Typically the goalies wear the same equipment they have been wearing, except for colors and such.

      On the topic of goalies “abusing” the limitations in the NHL. That is kind of far fetched. All they are doing is wearing their equipment within the rules as they are currently. every piece of equipment is checked my Kay Whitmore and is not allowed to be altered. Not saying that alterations happen, but the alterations are typically for protection rather than taking up space.

      Also before you give the whole “look at how good Brodeur is in his small equipment,” take a look at his pads now, compared to a few years ago. He has a much bigger pad and thigh rise than he did. He also recently switched to a bigger chesty.

  9. kaptaanamerica - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    The Sedins are going to put on a helluva show on the large ice.unless Canada has a couple of Canucks for d men they’ll be done like dinner. Hamhuis and Garrison better be on the d to stop the Sedins for Canada or it’s over.

  10. 19to77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Hope Zetterberg gets the nod as captain. I can’t imagine they have anyone else in mind, but even so.

  11. esracerx46 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Since when did the entire city of Vancouver get annexed to Sweden?! I guess if youre from Vancouver, Sweden is having open tryouts.

    • flydommo - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      Parts of northern Germany were Swedish once as well a fairly long time ago (before the United States existed). Maybe the Swedes have returned to the old winning formula of their imperial heyday in the 17th century, again trying to gain a foothold on North American soil, this time on the west coast…

  12. bigtganks - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Douglas Murray and Johnny Oduya are Swedish????

    • flydommo - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      Sweden, like other European countries, has had waves of immigrants since the end of the Cold War.Murray is partly of Scottish descent, and his Swedish family maintained to give their offspring Scottish names, while Oduya’s father hails from Kenya and married a Swedish woman, his mother. Just like the Obama family.

  13. bigtganks - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Is AV the Swedish coach?

  14. flydommo - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    The Swedes are deeper than the Russians or Czechs, they have size and speed and therefore will be very dangerous and tough to beat on the larger European ice rinks. It’s incredible how much quality nearly all Swedish NHLers bring to the table compared to other European nations. Expect a very compact, hard-skating Tre Kronor squad with a lot of team spirit and a defense-first strategy involving all the forwards.

  15. beelza - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Detroit Red Wings aka Swedish Mens National Team, American Chapter

  16. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:55 AM


    As an “ardent and values-driven’ supporter of the reigning Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings who retains ‘permanent’ residency status in Sweden, I say that Sweden will leave the Caucuses with nothing short of Gold ! On the surface, many people see Swedes as being nothing more than a bunch of harmless, polite and ‘functional’ Scandinavians who seek nothing more in life than to avoid causing a stir. Well more wrong couldn’t such people be ! You turn the clock back about a thousand years and you have the very same people who used to be Vikings, those demented and violent ‘maniacs’ who tormented much of Europe for centuries … all the while laughing and consuming copious amounts of ‘brand vin’ ! Dear England probably bore the brunt of their “maniacal’ wrath more than any other nation, given the Viking’s penchant for localized weekend ‘raids of carnage’ across the North Sea. The bottom line as I see it, is that this Swedish team lead by the Sedin brothers, is ordained to going ‘berserk’ there in the Caucuses, like a Nordic ‘jihad’ if you will .. and therefore may God have mercy on those nations who are foolish enough to stand in their way ! …. Canada included šŸ˜¦

    Blomfeld’s Medal Predictions for Sochi 2014 …

    1) Sverige
    2) U.S.A.
    3) Deutschland

    • Windmiller4 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      Ahhh so many things here. First off, once again you prove that you have no idea what a quotation mark is. Also, are you European? If so that would actually almost make sense as euros seem to have an odd sense of humor. Now, when you say you’re a values driven supporter of the kings, what does that mean? Cause it could very easily be interpreted as you only have values if you’re a fan of the kings. Also, we get it, you’re a kings fan. And just in case you forgot, ill remind you that the kings are no longer reigning Stanley Cup Champions. That would be the Blackhawks. And last but not least, your bronze medal pick is absurd, maybe even borderline insanity. I have no problem with your gold and silver, although personally I have USA as gold and Sweden as silver. I say bronze could go to Finland, Canada, or Russia, with Slovakia having an outside shot at it. But thanks for the history lesson about Sweden I guess?

      • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Bloomberg Sports: what are your views on this commenter called Windmiller ?

        Blomfeld: probably a decent guy, but he’s got to take the ‘serious’ hat off once in a while …

    • beelza - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:51 AM

      First, Henrick Zetterberg will captain the Swede squad. Secondly, the “Vikings” were beyond ruthless. They raped women, children (boys and girls) for pleasure. They used rape as a weapon of war. They destroyed and defiled every Christian and Catholic church and all materials relating to such. They were adept at literally skinning alive those they conquered, drinking and betting on how much of the skin would be removed before the victim would die. They poisoned wells, and fields. They made agreements, knowing they had zero intention of keeping them, to gain strategic advantage. Modern day Swedes, curiously, stayed neutral with respect to the Nazi’s and continued to sell Hitler vast quantities of steel. Norway begged Sweden to join them in the fight against the Nazi’s – Sweden declined. Lets tell the whole story.

      • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Bloomberg Sports: what are your views on this commenter called Beelza ?

        Blomfeld: I suspect possible cranial damage due to his ‘serious’ hat being on a little too tight ?

      • capsfan14 - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Everybody is giving this guy thumbs down although historically, he’s correct. Most Swedes are just too arrogant to face the fact that the country has had, and still has many flaws. Either way, the Swedes are going to have a great olympic roster.

    • flydommo - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Germany will hardly come in third place since they are not even qualified for the Olympics (unlike Austria or Switzerland).

      As to the Vikings, they were actually much more civilized than their infamous raiding would suggest. But this is only what mainstream historiography claimed until relatively recently. New findings have started to suggest otherwise. Most Vikings were indeed harmless settlers, skilled craftsmen and farmers, while only a very small minority of the young and restless were actually daring (and stupid enough) do go raiding overseas.

      It’s pretty much the same thing with the Germanic tribes when it Comes to allegations of barbarism, cannibalism, brutality and the like, by the way.

      • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Bloomberg Sports: what are your views on this commenter called Flydommo

        Blomfeld: probably Swedish, likely drives a Volvo and no doubt has a large ABBA collection …

        ps kompis: a little know fact is that upon coming to North America circa 500 years before the ‘Italian’ Chris Columbus, our Vikings referred to this continent as ‘Vinland’ (ie: wine land) due to the fact that they were able to grow grapes ! :)

  17. kicksave1980 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    @Tyler4Richardson- They can indeed have players not on the initial list compete. The way that it works is that sometime down the line, before the NHL season starts, each national team will provide a list to the IIHF and IOC. There can be as many players on the list as they want, but no player that isn’t on the list can compete in the Olympics. The list is essentially for more stringent drug testing (to meet IOC regulations), and any player on said list is subject to extra drug testing.

  18. pone27 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Easily the most well rounded roster.

    Obviously speed is always the Swedes “down fall” but they are all extremely well rounded two way players.

    Add Lundy who is the best in the world, and they are IMO my early favorites.

    Olympic hockey is just sick. It really trumps all major sports on an international level, minus the world cup.

    Can’t wait to watch!

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