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Lundqvist, Backstrom earn invites to Sweden camp

by Adam Kimelman

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and Vancouver Canucks teammates Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are among the 35 players invited to take part in Sweden's Olympic team evaluation camp.

The camp will be held Aug. 12-14 in Stockholm.

Lundqvist, who started three of Sweden's four games at the 2010 Olympics, went 2-1 with two shutouts, a 1.34 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in three games for Sweden, which finished fifth in Vancouver.

Backstrom was the team's leading scorer in 2010, finishing with six points in four games.

Twelve players from the 2010 team were invited to try out for the 2014 Olympic team -- Lundqvist; defensemen Niklas Kronwall (Detroit Red Wings), Douglas Murray (free agent), Johnny Oduya (Chicago Blackhawks) and Henrik Tallinder (Buffalo Sabres); and forwards Backstrom, the Sedins, Loui Eriksson (Boston Bruins), Johan Franzen (Red Wings), Patric Hornqvist (Nashville Predators), and Henrik Zetterberg (Red Wings).

Joining Lundqvist in goal is Jhonas Enroth of the Buffalo Sabres, the Anaheim Ducks' Viktor Fasth and Robin Lehner of the Ottawa Senators.

Defense could be a strong suit for the Swedes, as among those invited to the camp are a group emerging NHL stars -- Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner; Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild; Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning; and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 2014 Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament will run Feb. 12-24.


Patrik Berglund, St. Louis *Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Jimmie Ericsson, Skelleftea (SHL)
*Loui Eriksson, Boston *Johan Franzen, Detroit Carl Hagelin, N.Y. Rangers
*Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Marcus Johansson, Washington Marcus Kruger, Chicago
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Oscar Lindberg, N.Y. Rangers Joel Lundqvist, Frolunda (SHL)
Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Niklas Persson, Rapperswil (Switzerland) *Daniel Sedin, Vancouver
*Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Alexander Steen, St. Louis *Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit)
Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Alexander Edler, Vancouver Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix
Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit Nicklas Grossmann, Philadelphia Erik Gustafsson, Philadelphia
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Erik Karlsson, Ottawa
*Niklas Kronwall, Detroit *Douglas Murray, free agent *Johnny Oduya, Chicago
*Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo
Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Viktor Fasth, Anaheim Robin Lehner, Ottawa
*Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers

*- played on 2010 Olympic team

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