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Niklas Kronwall
NUMBER: 55 BIRTHDATE: January 12, 1981  (AGE 34)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Stockholm, Sweden
WEIGHT: 194 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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For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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