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Lindholm To Play For Team Sweden

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

Team Sweden added defenseman Anton Lindholm to its 2016 IIHF World Championship roster over the weekend.

His participation in this year’s Worlds marks the first time that Lindholm will represent his country at the tournament.

The Skelleftea, Sweden, native has played in 18 contests for his country’s junior national teams. He skated in eight games for the Sweden U20 team in 2013-14, scoring one goal and recording one assist while also serving as team captain and also found the back of the net once and added a helper in four contests for the Sweden U19 team in 2012-13. The defenseman played in six outings for Sweden’s U17 team in 2010-11 as well.

This year, Lindholm played in 30 regular-season contests for Skelleftea AIK and registered four assists. His club made it to the SHL Final but fell in five games. He appeared in 16 playoff contests, including all five games of the Final, and notched one assist.

The 21-year-old was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft (144th overall) and has spent the last two seasons playing in the Swedish Hockey League.

Lindholm is the seventh player from the Avalanche organization to be named to a roster for the tournament. Matt Duchene and Calvin Pickard will play for Team Canada, Reto Berra will represent Switzerland, Mikko Rantanen will skate with Finland, JT Compher will play for the United States and Semyon Varlamov will represent the host country, Russia.

The tournament takes place in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and runs May 6-22. Sweden faces Latvia at the Ice Palace in Moscow on Friday, May 6, to start the tournament.

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