Three Blueshirts Added to Sweden Camp
By Matt Calamia
The Rangers will add three more players to Olympic camp rosters, as Sweden announced it has invited goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and forwards Carl Hagelin and Oscar Lindberg to compete for spots in the upcoming tournament.
The three Swedes join Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh who were invited to Team USA’s camp, and Rick Nash and Marc Staal, both of whom were invited to Canada’s.
Lundqvist is one of 12 of the 35 players invited to camp who played in the 2010 games. He led Sweden to a Gold Medal at the 2006 games in Turin, Italy.
In nine games for Sweden at the Olympics, Lundqvist is 7-2 with a .927 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.
The Are, Sweden-native has also appeared in two World Junior Championship tournaments, going 6-6-2 in 14 games with a 2.00 goals against average. In three World Championship appearances — including back-to-back Silver Medals in 2003 and 2004 — Lundqvist is 11-5-1 with a .901 save percentage and a 2.22 GAA.
While he has no Olympic experience, Hagelin, 24, appeared in one World Junior Championship tournament in 2008, where he posted no points in six games.
The Sodertalje-product appeared in 48 games for the Rangers last season, scoring 10 goals and 24 points. He added three goals and six points in 12 postseason games.
Lindberg, 21, has appeared in one World Junior Championship for Sweden in 2011, where he registered two goals and four points in six games, as Sweden finished fourth in the tournament.
A native of Skelleftea, Lindberg has spent the last three seasons playing for his hometown AIK in the Swedish Elite League. He had his best season in 2012-13, when he posted 17 goals and 42 points in 55 regular season games before catching fire in the postseason, recording four goals and 12 points in 13 games en route to a Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy — the SEL’s equivalent to the Conn Smyth Trophy for playoff MVP — and a league championship.
The camp will be held August 12 through 14 in Stockholm.