Holmqvist signs one-year deal with Lightning

Updated: June 1, 2006, 5:04 PM ET
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Johan Holmqvist's outstanding play at the World Championship caught the eye of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning on Thursday announced they have signed the Swedish goalkeeper to a one-year contract.

Holmqvist, 28, went 5-2 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage, leading Sweden to the gold medal at last month's World Championship in Riga, Latvia. He was named the tournament's top goaltender.

"At the end of the season we sent both Jeff Reese and Corey Schwab, our two goalie coaches, to the World Championships along with our chief scout, Jake Goertzen," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. "They not only watched Johan play and lead his team to the gold medal, but they also attended some of his team's practices and then met with Johan personally. They unanimously recommended we sign him."

Holmqvist spent this past season with Brynas IF Gavle of the Swedish Elite League and led the league with a 1.95 GAA. He also ranked second in save percentage at .928 and was tied for sixth with three shutouts with three.