|1||Andreas Andersson||G||HV 71||09/04/79||6'1||192||Anaheim|
|30||Johan Asplund||G||Brynas IF||15/12/80||6'2||187||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|3||Christian Backman||D||Vastra Frolunda HC||28/04/80||6'2||192||St. Louis|
|6||Johan Halvardsson||D||HV 71||26/12/79||6'3||200||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|4||Sanny Lindstrom||D||Huddinge IK||24/12/79||6'2||195||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|8||Henrik Melinder||D||MoDo Hockey||06/01/79||6'5||225||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|14||David Ytfeldt||D||Leksands IF||29/09/79||6'1||192||Vancouver|
|19||Christian Berglund||F||Farjestads BK||12/03/80||6'0||190||New Jersey|
|16||Per Hallin||F||Sodertalje SK||17/10/80||5'11||187||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|28||Jakob Johansson||F||Rogle BK||03/01/79||6'1||182||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|26||Mattias Karlin||F||MoDo Hockey||04/07/79||6'0||198||Boston|
|15||Gabriel Karlsson||F||HV 71||22/01/80||6'2||200||Dallas|
|24||Jimmie Olvestad||F||Djurgardens IF||16/02/80||6'1||195||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|21||Niklas Persson||F||Leksands IF||26/03/79||6'3||200||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|20||Henrik Sedin||F||MoDo Hockey||26/09/80||6'3||198||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|12||Daniel Sedin||F||MoDo Hockey||26/09/80||6'2||187||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|17||Mathias Tjarnqvist||F||Rogle BK||15/04/79||6'2||182||Eligible 1999 Draft|
|18||Mattias Weinhandl||F||IF Troja/Ljungby||01/06/80||6'0||182||Eligible 1999 Draft|
Manager: Stefan Persson
Head Coach: Mats Hallin
Media Host: Carina Sigurdsson
Assistant Coach: Peter Elander
Equipment Manager: Nicklas Carlsson
Team Physician: Bjorn Waldeback
Physiotherapist: Jan-Ingvar Nilsson
"Talent wins games but team work and intelligence win Championships," says Team Sweden Head Coach Mats
Hallin says Sweden is not bringing the 20 best individual junior players. "The team is built by hard working team players who know their roles in the team. We know it will be very tough and we don't bring any coward players -- being afraid is not allowed."
Hallin and Team Sweden GM Stefan Persson, who were teammates with the New York Islanders in their Stanley Cup-winning era in the early 1980s, certainly do have a wealth of individual talent, however.
The talent begins with highly skilled forwards such as Daniel and Henrik Sedin, twin brothers, who both demonstrated World Class skills at the World Junior Championship last year as 17-year-olds. Daniel Sedin was the second-leading scorer on his team with five points.
Another player from whom much is expected is defenceman Christian Backman, the first-round choice of the St. Louis Blues (24th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Sweden won the European Junior Championship in April 1998 and Backman was among the standouts who contributed to that gold-medal performance.
Sweden will be motivated to go hard for the gold in Winnipeg. Despite a steady flow of eye-popping talent, Sweden has won the championship only once -- in 1981. The last two years it finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
Top 3 Prospects: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Per Hallin