Sweden is a favorite to take home a medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship, possibly the gold medal. But Switzerland had other ideas in their preliminary round game against the Swedes, extending the favored team to a shootout before falling, 4-3. A talented Swedish squad was able to overcome the hard-working effort of the Swiss team, but they’ll have to exhibit a more disciplined approach to make their dreams of gold come true.
Sweden‘s entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship has some new faces that weren’t a part of the 2011 edition. One familiar face, though, is that of the team’s head coach, Roger Ronnberg. Ronnberg guided the team last year in what was a somewhat disappointing tournament for that country, with Sweden finishing without a medal.
Sweden is off to a good start at the 2012 WJC with their Day 1, 8-4 win over Latvia. Ronnberg met with the media following that game, which can be viewed in this video.
Swedish forward Max Friberg had a strong showing at the 2011 World Junior Championship. Friberg seems to be picking up where he left off at the 2012 edition of junior hockey’s top event as he potted four goals in Sweden‘s opening, 8-4 win over Latvia.
Friberg, a Anaheim Ducks prospect, met with media following his team’s successful start at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
2013 NHL Draft prospect Andre Burakovsky is a 16-year-old currently playing for the Malmo Redhawks' junior squad that features primarily players in the 20-year-old age bracket. In 16 games for that club, Burakovsky has scored three goals and added four assists for 7 points.
Burakovsky's father, Robert, was drafted by the New York Rangers in 1985 but played just part of one NHL season with the Ottawa Senators. The elder Burakovsky is still playing organized hockey in Sweden at the age of 45.
HF writer Chapin Landvogt recently interviewed Andre Burakovsky, which is the subject of this HF Snapshot video.
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