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Gronborg calls 26 players

Gronborg calls 26 players

Sweden with strong World Juniors line-up

Published 07.12.2015 17:10 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
Gronborg calls 26 players
Goaltender Linus Soderstrom is among the returnees on the Swedish U20 national team. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced the 26 players who will participate in the training camp for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki.

Head coach Rikard Gronborg named three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 15 forwards.

19 of the players join from domestic competitions while the rest is under contract in North America including last year’s first-round draft picks Adrian Kempe (Ontario Reign) and William Nylander (Toronto Marlies), who both play in the AHL. Also Nylander’s younger brother Alexander, one of two players from Canadian Hockey League teams, was called. Three other players join from U.S. college teams.

The roster also includes three players born outside of Sweden. Beside the Nylander brothers, who were born in Calgary while their father Michael played for the Flames, Dmytro Timashov was born in Ukraine but grew up in Sweden and plays in Canada since 2014.

An unusually high number of 12 players were part of the U20 national team that finished fourth in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal last winter including goaltender Linus Soderstrom, defencemen Sebastian Aho, Andreas Englund, Gustav Forsling, William Lagesson, and forward Christoffer Ehn, Axel Holmstrom, Anton Karlsson, Adrian Kempe, Oskar Lindblom, Jens Looke and William Nylander.

Camp Roster Sweden

Erik Kallgren, Linkopings HC
Felix Sandstrom, Brynas Gavle
Linus Soderstrom, Djurgarden Stockholm

Sebastian Aho, Skelleftea AIK
Gabriel Carlsson, Linkopings HC
Andreas Englund, Djurgarden Stockholm
Gustav Forsling, Linkopings HC
William Lagesson, UMass Amherst (NCAA)
Jacob Larsson, Frolunda Goteborg
Adam Ollas Mattsson, Djurgarden Stockholm
Marcus Pettersson, Skelleftea AIK

Rasmus Asplund, Farjestad Karlstad
Christoffer Ehn, Frolunda Gothenburg
Joel Eriksson Ek, Farjestad Karlstad
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Boston University (NCAA)
Carl Grundstrom, MODO Ornskoldsvik
Axel Holmstrom, Skelleftea AIK
Anton Karlsson, Frolunda Gothenburg
Adrian Kempe, Ontario Reign (AHL)
Oskar Lindblom, Brynas Gavle
Jens Looke, Brynas Gavle
Alexander Nylander, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
William Nylander, Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Fredrik Olofsson, Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)
Dmytro Timashov, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Lukas Vejdemo, Djurgarden Stockholm


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