Sweden Hockey Jerseys
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If there is one team that is criminally underrated in the international hockey world it is Team Sweden. That is not to say that they are not respected as a hockey power, but leading up to major international competitions like the Olympics or World Cups it seems that teams like Canada, Russia and the USA steal all the press, leaving Sweden the forgotten superpower. The 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin showed exactly how dangerous the Swedish squad could be. With a star-studded lineup that included 6-time Norris trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg and Henrik Lundqvist in net it shouldn't have come as a shock to anyone that this team was a force to be reckoned with, yet when they actually pulled it off many acted like it was a huge upset.
The 2006 Olympics wasn't Sweden's first taste of glory either. They also won gold at the 1994 Olympics on the strength of a beautiful one-handed backhand shootout winner by Peter Forsberg.
At the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City Sweden dominated Canada in the round robin game between the two, winning handily by a 5-2 score. If not for some very shaky goaltending by Tommy Salo that led to a stunning loss at the hands of Team Belarus the Swedes could very well have gone on to win that tournament as well.
Swedes in the NHL
The stars of this Scandinavian hockey power don't just shine when they pull on their Team Sweden hockey jerseys, they have a long history of excelling in the NHL. Borje Salming became the first Swedish-born NHL superstar in the 1970s, patrolling the back end for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Only the fact that he played the prime of his career while Bobby Orr was dominating the league kept Salming from establishing himself as the league's best rearguard during that era.
Salming was an inspiration for young Swedish hockey players who followed in the star's footsteps, hoping to make names for themselves in the NHL. Not all were successful at making the transition to a more physical game on a smaller ice surface. However, over the years many have thrived, and when Niklas Lidstrom became the first European-born captain to lead his team - the Detroit Red Wings - to the Stanley Cup he served notice to the hockey world that the Swedes no longer had any issues with playing a North American brand of hockey. In the years ahead watch for many more players to eschew pulling on a Swedish Elite League jersey in favor of NHL stardom.