For the 29-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins winger it will be his fourth World Championship with the men’s national team after 2007, 2008 and 2012. Hornqvist also participated in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Hornqvist, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal when he won his second Cup with the Penguins last year, had 29 goals in the regular season – the second highest number in his NHL career. In 70 games he had 49 points and was third in goals per game on his team behind Yevgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. With 11 points (5+6) in 10 games he was third in scoring for the Pens in the playoffs behind Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby.
Hornqvist made the move from Djurgarden Stockholm of the Swedish Hockey League to the NHL in 2008 where he first played six years for the Nashville Predators before joining the Penguins in 2014.
The Swedish national team yesterday registered Filip Gustavsson of Lulea HF as third goaltender and plans to add Hornqvist and three Nashville Predators players – forwards Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and defenceman Mattias Ekholm – to its roster. After these additions, Sweden will have a full roster with 22 skaters and three goaltenders.