On May 21, 2006, the Swedish men’s hockey team won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Riga, Latvia. This win was significant because it was the first time in history that a hockey team won both the world title and the Olympic gold medal. The games were held in Turin, Italy. The Czech Republic was the team that fell to Sweden 4-0.
The team‘s achievement was made possible by a number of highly talented individuals. The top three players on the team were chosen by head coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson. They were Kenny Jonsson and Johan Holmqvist, who were both on a break form the NHL and had each played for multiple teams in their carriers. The other player in the top three was Henrik Zetterberg, who had taken a break from the Detroit Red Wings to play for his native country.
Team Sweden won the World Championship for the first time since the ’06 tournament. The 2013 tournament was held on their home ice in Stockholm where Switzerland was defeated in the final game. All facts conceited, Sweden is the first team to win the championship on home ice in the last 27 years. If team Sweden can get passed team USA and team Canada in the Olympics this year in Suche, Russia and repeat this extremely rare event.
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