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Lundqvist before the world CUP: It is clear that we are going for the gold

the Last time Henrik Lundqvist wore the Swedish landslagströjan in the world CUP was when Sweden won the gold medal in 2017. Many will certainly remember the final in Cologne, Germany, when Lundqvist saved the decisive penalty against Canada and got William Nylander.

Extra emotional was it because Henrik Lundqvist had to take the gold along with his twin brother Joel.

" I remember it was intense, I came straight from New York and played five matches in a few days. But everything fell into place, it was a fun bunch and a fun tournament. The whole experience was great and of course it was special to do it with my brother, " says Henrik Lundqvist.

it was the New York Rangers-the star of the last world CUP. But the 19:th of april, hit the bomb down: Henrik Lundqvist, say yes to this year's world championship.

" I'll be honest, I thought perhaps that the last world CUP was my last. But when you get the opportunity to play a tournament, it is a new experience and experience as a player and person regardless of how it goes.

But it took a few days after the season ended before he decided.

" you never know where You stand mentally, but when the smoke settled, it felt fun and exciting. It needed a little time to digest the season. It is always special to pull on landslagströjan, it doesn't matter if you're 16 years old or 37 years that I am today. It's still the same feeling. I feel a sense of pride to play for the national team, " says Henrik Lundqvist.

a third straight world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medal. In the group are Three Crowns against the Czech republic, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Latvia, Austria and Italy.

" It is clear that we are going for gold and I think everyone knows. We have the conditions to win.

Russia has a strong team with superstars Alexander the national hockey league and Yevgeny Malkin in the lead.

" I think the world CUP over teams will be a good tournament, several teams will with good players. The united states looks very strong, Russia is similarly, says Lundqvist on the competition.

Jacob Markström, who comes from a strong season with the Vancouver Canucks has also accepted the CUP and thus increase the competitive situation between the posts.

" I take nothing for granted but I am here to do as well as I can. It is up to Rikard Grönborg (head coach) to decide who plays. But as I think we all know, there are many good players here and I think no one should take anything for granted. There should be competition at this level.

Henrik Lundqvist to lift the CHAMPIONSHIP trophy again, just as he did in 2017. Photo: Johanna Lundberg/Bildbyrån

waiting for Carlson Hockey Games on 1-5 may, the tournament is played in Stockholm and in the Czech Brno. During Wednesday pitted Sweden against Russia in stockholm, sweden. Other nations involved are Finland and the Czech republic. The importance to get a tournament in before the world CUP is great.

– The most important thing for me is to get to train with the team and get up the tempo. I get up to speed and the idea, and may be any match to be reminded of what you need to improve. I see this as a possibility this week.

If Henrik Lundqvist guard the goal during Wednesday's match is unclear.

" I need some trainings so the plan is well to play until the weekend. But it's clear there is fun to be home and gather with the team. There are many talented players as you kept an eye on during the year, but that I may not know so well. I get the opportunity to, now during the tournament. I see the whole of this week and the world CUP as an opportunity to get back with me good memories.

heavy. The team, which went to the Stanley Cup final in 2014, missed the playoffs, just like the season before.

– the First part of the season felt better than in several years, but the second half was much tougher, both for the team and for me. The one where the mental part that you felt that we were pretty far in from the finals, it was tougher than I thought, " says Henrik Lundqvist of the season.

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