The Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday announced that they have reassigned defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who had been playing with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk, to Sweden for participation in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Sweden, the defending gold medalist, heads the Group A field with Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia. The Group B field includes Russia, the United States, Canada, Slovakia and Germany. Sweden head coach Roger Rönnberg will take 25 players to training camp on Dec. 15 in Norrtälje, Sweden, before continuing with preparation games in Finland right through Dec. 22. The Swedes will open the 2013 WJC against the Czech Republic on Dec. 26. The roster must be trimmed to 23 by Dec. 25.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Lindholm, chosen sixth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, appeared in 19 games for the Norfolk Admirals this season, producing one goal and five points. He became the youngest player to open an AHL season when he made his North American debut on Oct. 12 at 18 years, eight months and 23 days old. He turns 19 on Jan. 20.
Lindholm appeared in 28 games with Rogle BK of the Swedish Division 2 league last season, scoring one goal and four points. In 10 playoff games, he had one goal and five points to help the club clinch a spot in the Swedish Elite League in 2012-13. A native of Helsingborg, Lindholm was on the top defensive pair for silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2012 IIHF Under-18 WJC in the Czech Republic. He notched four assists in six tourney games.