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FLORIDA PANTHERS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist of Sweden can't stop this Florida Panthers goal by Nathan Horton, in first period NHL action at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 13, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Johan Erik Daniel Holmqvist (born May 24, 1978) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing for Frölunda HC in Elitserien.

He started his career in the Elitserien team Brynäs IF. He played for their senior team from 1996 to 2000. He then signed with the New York Rangers, who had drafted Holmqvist in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (7th round/175 pick overall). Holmqvist only played three NHL games for the Rangers between 2000 and 2003. Most of his time was spent with the Rangers' farm team Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. On March 11, 2003, Holmqvist was traded to Minnesota Wild for Lawrence Nycholat. Holmqvist played the rest of the season with the Wild's farm team, the Houston Aeros of the AHL, and won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the Calder Cup Playoffs as Houston won the league championship. The following season, 2003/04, he played with the Aeros. At the end of the season, he decided to move back to Sweden where signed with his former club, Brynäs IF. He played with them for two seasons and then, on June 1, 2006, he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, a NHL club. He played with them for almost two years, putting up successful numbers. He was traded at the 2008 trade deadline to the Dallas Stars along with Brad Richards for a number of players, including Mike Smith and Jeff Halpern. On July 23, 2008, he signed a contract with the Swedish club Frölunda HC.

Holmqvist has represented Sweden in two World Championship, 2005 and 2006. He was Sweden's starting goaltender in 2006 and lead Sweden to their first gold medal in a World Championship since 1998, for which he was selected as the tournament's best goaltender.

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