Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
was recently named to the Swedish National Team roster in preparation for the Ceska Pojistovna Cup tournament. The Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden will comprise the four-team tourney, which runs from September 4-7.
Sweden will play Finland in Helsinki on Thursday, September 4, before heading to Pardubice, Czech Republic later in the week to battle Russia and the Czech Republic.
Lundqvist, 21, appeared in 28 games with Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season, posting a 1.45 goals against average and a .948 save percentage, along with six shutouts. He also appeared in 12 post-season matches with Vastra Frolunda, recording a 2.11 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and a pair of shutouts, helping his club capture the Swedish Elite League championship.
Voted as the Swedish Junior Player of the Year for the 2001-02 season, Lundqvist is rated by many scouts as one of the top goaltending prospects outside of the National Hockey League.
The 6-1, 187-pound native of Are, Sweden was New York's seventh selection, 205th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.