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Sweden will try to win a third consecutive gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, to be held in Slovakia through May 26.

No country has won three straight championships since the Czech Republic from 1999-2001.

Seven players are back for Sweden from last year’s team, including Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who will be the captain. Also returning are defensemen Mattias Ekholm (Nashville Predators), Erik Gustafsson (Chicago Blackhawks) and Adam Larsson (Edmonton Oilers), and forwards Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh Penguins), Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings) and Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks).

Sweden is playing preliminary-round games in Group B at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, along with Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Norway, Latvia, Austria, Italy and Russia.

Group A, which will play at Steel Arena in Kosice, consists of the United States, Canada, Finland, Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain and Slovakia. The United States defeated Canada 4-1 last year to win the bronze medal.

All U.S. games will be televised live by NHL Network, which will broadcast more than 30 games throughout the tournament.

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