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Islanders’ Simon Holmstrom Invited to Sweden’s WJC Camp

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New York Islanders prospect and Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Simon Holmstrom was among the 35 players that Team Sweden invited to their World Junior Championship camp on Thursday. Sweden will cut the roster down to 25 players before they leave for the World Junior Championship being held in Edmonton this year.

The World Juniors begin on Friday, Dec. 25.

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If Holmstrom makes the team it would be his first time at the World Juniors. He did compete for Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he had six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games.

Simon Holmstrom had been on loan by the Islanders to HC Vita Hasten of HockeyAllsvenskan. In 11 games with the Swedish hockey club, the 19-year-old had a goal and an assist in that span.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Simon Holmstrom had been in his first pro year in North America with the Sound Tigers. He played in 46 games, scoring eight goals and recording 15 points.

Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson told NYI Hockey Now in September that he saw an increased sense of confidence in Holmstrom’s game as the season progressed.

Holmstrom isn’t the only New York prospect headed to Sweden’s World Junior camp. New York Rangers’ prospect Karl Henriksson was also invited.

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