This Day In Sports History (May 21st) – Sweden Men’s Hockey


It was on this day in 2006 that the Swedish men’s hockey team won gold at the World Hockey Championships.  Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 in the championship game played in Riga, Latvia.

Sweden became the first country in history to win gold at both the Olympics as well as the World Hockey Championships in the same year.  The Swedish Olympic team featured a star-studded line-up, with names like Nicklas Lidstrom, Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson and the Sedin twins, but these players were unavailable for the World Hockey Championships for various reasons (NHL playoffs, injuries etc.).  However, the World Hockey Championship team still included the likes of Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Nicklas Backstrom and Mikael Samuelsson.  Every team at this tournament is missing key players, but Sweden still found a way to take home the gold.

Here are the final seconds and aftermath of the 2006 Championship game.

Notable Birthdays

Ricky Williams, NFL – Born May 21st 1977 (age 36) in San Diego, California

Jamaal Magloire, NBA – Born May 21st 1978 (age 35) in Toronto, Ontario

Josh Hamilton, MLB – Born May 21st 1981 (age 32) in Raleigh, North Carolina

Tags: hockey, NHL, Olympics, Sweden,