A trio of Vancouver Canucks — Daniel and Henrik Sedin plus blueliner Alex Edler — will suit up for host nation Sweden at the world hockey championships that is now underway, says the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.
Also, while Canucks winger Jannik Hansen won’t join his native Denmark team due to injury, Vancouver’s 2011 first-round draft choice Nicklas Jensen will play for the Danes.
All four Canuck Euros are expected to arrive in Stockholm in the coming days.
The Swedish stars became available when the Canucks were swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in four straight games by the San Jose Sharks, capped by Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime loss.
According to Swedish media reports, the trio will be in Stockholm at the earliest for Saturday’s game against Slovenia.
For Edler it would be the second major tournament with the men’s national team after the 2008 Worlds, while the Sedin twins have represented Sweden in the last two Olympic Winter Games, winning the gold medal in 2006 in Turin.
The Sedin brothers have also played in four world championships so far — for the first time as 18-year-olds in 1999 and most recently in 2005.
The hockey worlds are the last major tournament before next February’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“These are obviously great players that will give the team a boost,” Swedish national team coach Pär Mårts said in an interview with iihf.com. “Another good thing is that this ends our process of adding players and this will give the team peace of mind to focus on the game.”
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Jensen could be in the Danes’ lineup as early as Saturday against Switzerland. The Danish Ice Hockey Association announced that Jensen had got the green light to join the team.
The 20-year-old Herning native could arrive earliest for the game on Saturday against Switzerland.
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