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Friday, March 23
Two former NHL players selected as well

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – NHL All-Stars Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom were among 10 players selected Wednesday for Sweden's Olympic hockey team.

Goalie Tommy Salo, enjoying his best NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers, Mattias Ohlund of the Vancouver Canucks and Mattias Norstromof the Los Angeles Kings, and Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators also were chosen.

Two former NHL players, Mikael Renberg and Jorgen Jonsson, round out the group announced by head coach Hardy Nilsson and general manager Anders Hedberg.

Forsberg also played on the 1994 Olympic team at Lillehammer, Norway, scoring the winner as Sweden beat Canada for the gold.

Sweden was the first of six countries – those with automatic berths for the 2002 Olympics – to announce part of its roster.

The players on these early rosters will be subjected to possible drug testing under an agreement that holds pro players to the same standards as other Olympians.

Russia will make its announcement on Thursday, Finland on Friday, and the United States and Canada on Saturday.

The Salt Lake City Games will mark the second time the NHL has taken a midseason break to allow players to participate in the Olympics. The Czech Republic beat Russia in the 1998 final in Nagano.

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