Wednesday, March 2, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was selected by Sweden today to represent his country at the 2016 World Cup in Toronto, Ontario.
Ekman-Larsson, 24, represented Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games where he finished with 0-3-3 and a plus-four rating in six games. The Karlskrona, Sweden native became the second player in franchise history to win an Olympic silver medal and the first since 1988. Ekman-Larsson also won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia where he recorded 1-3-4 with a plus-five rating in seven games. In 2010, Ekman-Larsson won bronze medals at both the IIHF World Junior Championship and the IIHF World Championship.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman has registered 19-29-48 in 63 games with the Coyotes in 2015-16. His 19 goals rank second while his 48 points are tied for fourth among League defensemen. Ekman-Larsson leads NHL blueliners in game-winning goals (seven) and power-play points (26) and is tied with the most power-play goals (12) among defensemen.
Last season, he led the team in scoring and tied the franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a season (23). Ekman-Larsson was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.