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. Read more»
Young Henrik Zetterberg led Timrå offensively last year when his newly
promoted team surprised and finished ninth in the Elitserien, a 12-team
league. This year, the points have been harder to come by both for
Zetterberg and his team. Timrå is currently last in the league with only
five wins after 33 games, and they are trailing 11th place Linköping by
eleven points. After coming off a point-a-game campaign last season, the Red
Wings prospect has a disappointing five goals and 14 assists in 32 games.
Still, Zetterberg was among the players named to the Swedish Olympic team,
and few hockey people are surprised.
First of all, observers refuse to put any blame on Zetterberg for his team’s
struggles. “He’s a loyal player and he has assumed a more defensive role
this year,” said coach Peo Larsson who resigned due to the team’s poor start
after four successful years at the helm. “The points will come for him. He
hasn’t performed badly.”
That Zetterberg, who plays centre for Timrå, has a ton of offensive ability
was evident in the last game of the Sweden Hockey Games where Zetterberg
suited up in a more offensive role. He scored four goals against the Finns –
one of them after a beautiful move that gave Swedish fans a déjà vu of Peter
Forsberg’s famous “stamp goal”. Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken
Holland was in attendance and praised his prospect in the Swedish press
right after the game, stating “I think he’s good enough to play in the
Olympics right now.”
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The cold weather that swept over Scandinavia this week is the perfect
climate for looking at the Elitserien scoring race. It has never been
colder, with no one at the top averaging over a point per game.
The players who were supposed to score have either had rough seasons or have
been injured. That is the main reason that players such as veterans Ulf
Söderström of Färjestad and Mikael Wahlberg of MoDo is forming the top duo
in league scoring. Granted, they are good playmakers, but the scoring race
this season looks very pale compared to last season when Huselius was
scoring in every rink in Sweden, and Jörgen Jönsson and Mikael Renberg, now
with the Toronto Maple Leafs, battled to catch up with him.
Jörgen Jönsson, a team mate with Ulf Söderström in Färjestad, had a slow
start but is coming to life as he has now scored 28 points in 32 games. He
should be over a point per game when the season’s over. Henrik Zetterberg,
perhaps the players that most anticipated would take over the torch passed
on by Huselius has been living in a mightmare offensively in Timrå. Zetter
has scored only three goals and 14 assists in 31 games, but it seems nobody
in hockey is disappointed with his contribution. It is claimed that he has
taken a more defensive role this season, and because his team is struggling
he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to score either. Zetterberg has had a
lot of success offensively internationally with Team Sweden – he even scored
four times in a game against the pesky Finnish team in the Sweden Hockey
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