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Sweden coach Gronborg pleased with his team

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 4:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / World Junior evaluation camps

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Sweden coach Gronborg pleased with his team

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After four days here, Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg is happy with what he's seen.

His team won its games against the two United States split squads and he's also been happy with the attitude he's seen from his players.

"I've been really impressed with the way that not only how they've performed on the ice but the work together," Gronborg told NHL.com. "They're really on it. A lot of questions, doing a lot of video. They watch video on their own lots of times instead of just asking the coaches. That's what coaches really like. They want to get better and make steps. That's what we feel has been very successful for us."

At the camp are five players who helped Sweden win the silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Second place certainly was nice, but the tournament was played on home ice in Malmo and the goals were a bit higher. That's made for a motivated group, and not just the players.

"Everyone wants to stand on the top of the mountain," Gronborg said. "But at the same time its' a different journey, different challenges. That's where we're at now. Same thing with when we won in Calgary [in 2012], we knew we'd have a lot of returners that year and it would be a different journey for us to make. You need to move on from the disappointment, which was a huge disappointment. We felt we had a great team last year, had a great tournament, but we fell a little bit short. Losing games like that motivates not only the players but the coaches."


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