Swede news for Robin

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

Robin Figren received three doses of good news yesterday.

The 19-year-old Oil Kings forward went to the doctor yesterday and found out his wrist isn't broken or sprained. He was also officially named to Team Sweden for the upcoming 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships, beginning Boxing Day in the Czech Republic.

Oh, and one more thing ...

"This has to be one of the most memorable days for me, not just because of the wrist and being named to the World Junior team, but my brother called today from back home and I am going to be an uncle for the first time this summer," said Figren.

Figren has missed the last four games, including last night's game against the Spokane Chiefs with a wrist injury. There was a big concern he would miss considerable time with the Oil Kings and also put himself out of the running for Sweden's World Junior team.

"I was really worried. I was fearing the worst," said Figren.

"I have had a run of bad luck with injuries this last while and that was the last thing I wanted was to miss a bunch of games with the Oil Kings and miss another chance to make the World Junior team."

Figren was the final cut from Sweden's 2007 team that finished fourth in Leksand Sweden.

Sweden surprisingly hasn't won a medal at the World Junior tournament since 1995 when the tournament was held in Red Deer and hasn't won gold since 1981 when the tournament was held in Fussen Germany.

"I am excited not only to be on the team, but I really have a feeling we are going to do well," said Figren.

"I talked to the coach when he came to see me play and we talked about goal setting and we are going to set our goals high.

"We want to win a medal and we expect to win a medal. Why play in a tournament like that and not set a goal of winning a medal."

Team Sweden will have the likes of Chilliwack Bruins forward Oscar Moller and St. Louis Blues first round draft pick Patrik Berglund in the team.

Figren isn't sure what his role will be during the tournament, but he can't wait for the chance to show what he can do.

"Every kid in Sweden who plays hockey dreams of putting on that yellow jersey and after being cut last year I wanted it more than ever this year," added Figren.

"I am not going to change the way I play, I am going to take on my role and hopefully help us win a medal, it's been too long."

Figren took the warm-up last night, but didn't dress. After not playing in over 10 days he needs a little more time to build up the strength in his wrist.

"It's going to be day-to-day right now.

"It felt a little tender tonight during warm-up.

"I hate being out of the lineup and I am aiming to be back by the next game," explained Figren.


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