Sweden vs Denmark Tonight in Olds

The first pre-competition game for Team Sweden and Team Denmark is at 7:30pm at the SportsComplex. Team Sweden is a contender for the gold medal at the upcoming 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Canada's world junior hockey team got off to a solid start in its first exhibition game last night.

Boone Jenner, Mark Stone and Brendan Gallagher scored for Canada in a 3-1 win over Finland at the Saddledome in Calgary.

Canada plays one more tune up contest Wednesday in Red Deer versus Switzerland.

Coming up tonight in Olds, Team Sweden goes head to head with Team Denmark in a World Junior Hockey Tournament pre-competition game.

Sweden has been practicing in Olds for the past couple of days and enters this year's tourney as one of the favorites.

However Head Coach Roger Ronnberg says - because they haven't won a gold medal since 1981 - they don't feel like they are under any extra pressure.

Team Sweden includes 4 players selected in the first round of last spring's NHL entry draft, as well as 4 or 5 more prospects that could go in the first round next year.

Meanwhile, Denmark's hockey program is starting to make an impact at the international level.

Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders is one of about a half dozen Danes currently playing in the NHL.

He says Denmark has made a ton of progress on the ice.  The Danes top player to watch in this tournament is expected to be Nikolai Meyer.

Team Sweden faces off against Team Denmark at 7:30 at the Sportscomplex tonight - tickets are still available at the Grizzlys office.

Here is our conversation with Team Sweden's Head Coach Roger Ronnberg.



More audio with one of 6 players returning from Sweden's 4th place team last year - forward Rickard Rakell.



Team Denmark perspective as CKFM's Erin Moulton interviewed the first Danish citizen to make it to the NHL Frans Nielsen from the New York Islanders.




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