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Niklas Kronwall
NUMBER: 55 BIRTHDATE: January 12, 1981  (AGE 33)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Stockholm, Sweden
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: DET / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (29th overall)
At the 2006 Olympics, Kronwall scored Sweden's second goal on the power-play, tying the game at two, before his defensive partner, Nicklas Lidstrom, scored the gold-medal winning goal for the 3-2 victory.

He was named the Best Defenseman and Most Valuable Player of the 2006 World Championships. He led his team and finished fourth in tournament scoring with 10 points (2-8-10) en route to a gold medal.

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2008 he became the 22nd player of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic and World Championship gold and Stanley Cup). Prior to winning double gold in 2006 (WC and Olympics), the last time Kronwall had won an international gold medal was back in 1998 as a 17-year-old at the European Junior Championship.

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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp