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BLOG: Gustafsson & Kruger commit to Sweden for Worlds

The tournament takes place May 10-26 in Slovakia

by Chris Wescott /

Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson and forward Marcus Kruger (pending UFA) have both committed to representing Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, which takes place May 10-26 in Slovakia.

The pair of Blackhawks were named to Sweden's preliminary roster on Friday morning.

This will be Gustafsson's third World Championships. He went in 2015-16 and then again last year. The blueliner is coming off a breakout 2018-19 for Chicago in which he scored 17 goals and tallied 60 points in 79 games.

Kruger has represented Sweden three times before at Worlds. The last time was 2016-17. 

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