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Mattias Ohlund
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Mattias Ohlund  #5

Tampa Bay Lightning  Defenseman
NUMBER: 5 BIRTHDATE: September 9, 1976  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Pitea, Sweden
WEIGHT: 233 DRAFTED: VAN / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (13th overall)
Ohlund's history with the Swedish national team spans 16 years. He first played for Team Sweden in 1994 at the World Junior Championships and is competing in his fourth Olympic competition.

A gold medalist at the 2006 Olympics, he has eight international medals: three gold medals -- 2006 Olympics, 1998 World Championship, 1994 European Junior Championship; three silver medals -- 1997 World Championship, 1994 and 1996 World Junior Championships; and two bronze medals -- 2001 World Championship and 1995 World Junior Championship.

At the 2006 Olympics, he had two assists in six games, but was forced out of the tournament after fracturing his ribs during a game against Switzerland. He was unable to play in the final against Finland.

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense