Defense Will Be Key if Sweden Wants to Repeat Gold in Vancouver

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Defense Will Be Key if Sweden Wants to Repeat Gold in Vancouver

As we approach the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver I figured it's time to take a look at some of the different teams competing this year and who we should be looking out for.

Sweden are the defending Gold Medal champions and look to be strong again. In 2006 they defeated Finland 3-2 to capture Gold in Turin, Italy.

Later that year they won the Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, defeating the Czech Republic and becoming the first team to ever win both events in the same year.

This slideshow will focus on the defensive side. Sweden returns three defensemen and two goalies from the 2006 Gold Medal team. They welcome five new defensemen this year and a new goalie.

This years team also consists of mostly NHL players, with a few guys who still play in Sweden. Every player has had NHL experience at one time or another.

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