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Landeskog, Soderberg Added To Team Sweden's Roster

The Avalanche Swedish forwards will compete at the World Championship

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Carl Soderberg will join Team Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France, from May 5-21.  

Landeskog has a long history of competing for his country and is making his third appearance at Worlds. He won a gold medal on home soil at the 2013 World Championship where he collected three goals and one assist while appearing in all 10 competitions.

The Stockholm native served as an alternate captain for Sweden when he debuted at the World Championship in May 2012 and went on to record five points (one goal, four assists) in eight games. He was named the NHL's rookie of the year one month later for an outstanding 2011-12 season.

Last September, Landeskog competed at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and registered one marker in four contests with the Swedes.

The Avs captain won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and was the youngest member of Team Sweden as a 21-year-old at the time. Landeskog picked up one assist and competed in all six contests to help his squad earn a medal.

He also served as an alternate captain for Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship. The left wing began the tournament with a goal and an assist in the first game but missed the remainder of the event after suffering a high-ankle sprain.

While competing for Sweden at the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, Landeskog finished second on the team with four goals in six games and was named one of the top three players on the squad at the tournament.  

During the 2016-17 season with Colorado, he recorded 18 goals and 15 assists in 72 competitions.

Soderberg will join Team Sweden's roster and get his first chance to win an IIHF medal at the World Championship. Soderberg last competed for his home country at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Landeskog.

The Malmo native's previous IIHF-santioned event was at the 2005 World Junior Championship in North Dakota and Minnesota. Soderberg tallied four goals and six points in only six tournament competitions, finishing second on the team in both categories.

Soderberg also competed at the 2003 Under-18 World Championship and collected two goals in six contests.

The center recorded six markers and eight assists in 80 games with Colorado during his second campaign with the club. Soderberg spent his first three NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins before joining the Avalanche in 2015.

Landeskog and Soderberg will compete with Sweden in an exhibition contest against Russia on April 27 to prepare for the tournament and get familiar with their teammates.  

Sweden will start the World Championship preliminary round against that same Russian squad on May 5 at LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, the site of the gold-medal game on May 21.

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