As expected, Colorado College freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson (three points, two goals) was named to Sweden’s U20 national team for the IIHF World Junior Championships Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.
“I found out first thing this morning,” he said before practice Thursday. “They sent me a text in the middle of the night. It’s pretty exciting.”
He is the only NCAA player to make the team, his first national squad.
Olofsson, a native of Umea, Sweden, who now lives in Broomfield, made sure to impress Swedish coaches when he heard they were watching him during the Nov. 22 game at No. 2 St. Cloud State.
He responded with arguably his best performance.
“I was a little overlooked living here so I never got a chance to play for the U17 and U18 teams,” he said. “This is my last chance to play for my country as an amateur and that makes this a little extra special. Having it in my home country makes it even bigger for me personally.”
Exhibition play begins Dec. 20 against Team USA. He hopes to play both games in next weekend’s road series at N0. 17 Wisconsin to travel and practice. He will miss the Jan. 4 home game against Brown.