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Ekman-Larsson Leads All Scorers at IIHF World Championship

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is on a roll competing for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.


After 11 days of games at the annual 16-team tournament in Czech Republic, Ekman-Larsson, 23, is leading all players with 11 points and nine assists in seven games. He also ranks tied for third in plus/minus rating at plus-7.

On Monday, Ekman-Larsson notched a goal and two assists to help rally Sweden to a come-from-behind 4-2 win over France. Sweden has won six of its first seven games at the event and has advanced to the quarterfinals, which start on Thursday.

Ekman-Larsson, who led the Coyotes and all NHL defensemen with 23 goals this season, has played for Team Sweden before. Most recently, he and the Swedes won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014, and in 2011, he and the Swedes won a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

NOTE: Click here to watch Ekman-Larsson's goal on Monday vs. France.

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