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With Swedish twin Henrik Sedin still ailing from a rib injury, Washington Capitals center Marcus Johnasson has been named to Sweden’s Olympic team as his injury replacement. According to @Rabiesmalin, Johansson was told the news through Nicklas Backstrom two hours before the Caps’ pre-game Olympic send-off ceremony with John Kerry.
This is the first time Johansson has represented his country in international competition since he was named captain of the Swedish World Junior Championship team in 2010. Johansson also played on the WJC team in 2009 and the U18 team in 2008 and 2007.
Very Proud honored and excited to be a part of team Sweden and represent our country in the Olympics!!! Thanks for all your nice words :))
— marcus johansson (@mjohansson90) February 7, 2014
From the Caps:
Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson will represent Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Sweden announced Johansson was added to the team’s 25-man roster today.
Johansson, 23, will be making his first Olympic appearance and will join Capitals teammate Nicklas Backstrom on the Swedish Olympic team. Johansson represented Sweden at the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships and was captain of the Swedish team in 2010. In 11 career games at the World Junior Championship, Johansson recorded three goals and five assists. The 6’1″, 204-pound left wing won a silver medal with Sweden in 2009 and a bronze medal in 2010.
Johansson has played in 58 games with the Capitals this season, registering seven goals and 29 assists. The Landskrona, Sweden, native has tallied 131 points (40 goals, 91 assists) in 241 career NHL games. Johansson joins Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden), John Carlson (United States), Martin Erat (Czech Republic) and Alex Ovechkin (Russia) in representing their respective countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics.