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Sweden has released its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and a familiar face is right in the middle. Caps center Nick Backstrom shares the roster with the Sedin twins, Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Zetterberg, and Daniel Alfredsson. Marcus Johansson did not make the roster.
From the Caps:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 7, 2014
Nicklas Backstrom Named to Swedish Olympic Team
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will represent Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Sweden head coach Pär Mårts announced his team’s 25-man roster today.
Backstrom, 26, will be making his second Olympic appearance. The 6’1”, 208-pound center represented Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., registering six points (one goal, five assists) in four games. The Gavle, Sweden, native has represented his country in six major international events, participating in three World Championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two World Junior Championships (2006, 2007), and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Backstrom has collected 46 points (10 goals, 36 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Capitals this season. He ranks tied for seventh in the NHL in points (46), fourth in assists (36) and first in power-play points (25) and power-play assists (22). Since Backstrom entered the NHL in 2007-08, only three players have collected more assists (Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton, Martin St. Louis). In addition, Backstrom leads all Swedish born players in points this season.
Backstrom will join Capitals teammate John Carlson (United States) at the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia.
Here’s the complete roster via IIHF.com (which is getting hammered right now):
Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (NHL)
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Johnny Oduya, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Nicklas Bäckström, Washington Capitals (NHL)
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Jimmie Ericsson, Skellefteå AIK (SWE)
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins (NHL)
Johan Franzén, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers (NHL)
Marcus Krüger, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)