Even without NHL players, there is one very familiar name on Sweden’s Olympic men’s hockey roster.
Joel Lundqvist, the identical twin brother of longtime New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, is among the headliners of 23 men named Tuesday. The final team will be 25 players.
Joel, a former NHL forward, captained Sweden to the 2017 World title but didn’t make the Olympics in 2006, 2010 or 2014, like Henrik did (winning gold in 2006).
Sweden took silver in Sochi with star NHL skaters like Erik Karlsson, Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg.
None of them are on this year’s team of course.
But two of the three goalies should be recognizable to ardent NHL fans — Jhonas Enroth (former Buffalo Sabre) and Viktor Fasth (former Edmonton Oiler and Anaheim Duck).
Enroth, 29, was an unused backup on the 2014 Olympic team.
Fasth, 35, was Sweden’s No. 1 at the 2017 World Championship until Henrik joined the team mid-tournament and backstopped it to gold.
Former NHL skaters on the PyeongChang team include Viktor Stalberg (parts of eight NHL seasons) and Joakim Lindstrom.
Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the first male hockey player born in 2000 to be named to an Olympic team. Dahlin could be the No. 1 pick in the June NHL Draft.
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— Tre Kronor (@Trekronorse) January 16, 2018