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Lundqvist hoping to be 'King' of Sweden again

Goaltender looking to repeat result from 2006 Torino Olympics

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NHL Tonight: Lundqvist on WCH

Lundqvist on election to Team Sweeden for 2016 WCH

NHL Tonight catches up with the King, Henrik Lundqvist to talk about his selection to Team Sweden for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- A decade has passed since New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist watched his country's flag fly highest at the end of the 2006 Torino Olympics. He confidently envisions a similar scene playing out at the end of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto later this year.

Lundqvist was one of two goalies and 16 players named to Team Sweden's initial World Cup roster Wednesday. Sweden held its North American-based press conference at the Rangers' practice facility. 

"The goal and the mindset going into this is to win," Lundqvist said. "I think we have the team for it."

Lundqvist was 23 when he led Sweden to a gold medal in Torino. He turned 34 on Wednesday.

There has been a lot of talk lately about Lundqvist's and the Rangers' shrinking window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. He brushes it off as nothing more than a media-driven storyline.

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"I feel as motivated and energized as I did 10 years ago to play this game, to try to be better, to help the team to win," Lundqvist said. "I think that's where it starts for all of us players, how much do you want it and how much do you want to work to improve as a player? I feel that as much today as 10 years ago, so I don't feel that old. I feel I'm in the stage of my career right now where I'm having a lot of fun, but I also appreciate a lot about the game and where I'm at."

Among what he appreciates is another opportunity to win gold in a blue and yellow sweater.

Lundqvist did it 10 years ago with Sweden. He came close two years ago, but Sweden lost to Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Revenge isn't his motivation. Winning is. Or, rather, winning again.

"It's just a great experience to play these tournaments; you get together with the best players in the world and you get a chance to represent your country," Lundqvist said. "It's a huge honor to be there and to wear the jersey. The best feeling, though, was in '06, to see the flag go up and hear the national anthem. That's what we're all going to try to accomplish in September."

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