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by Paul on 01/07/14 at 09:04 AM ET
Facing off in Group B with Canada, Finland, and Norway, The Austrians will be counting on NHL superstar Thomas Vanek to drive the offence in Sochi. It's the first time Austria will play in the Olympics since 2002, meaning Vanek will be representing his country in the world's biggest tournament for the first time. Joining him will be Michael Grabner, his teammate on the New York Islanders.
Austria’s veteran leadership will come from Gerhard Unterluggauer, who has played in 239 international games, including Austria’s last Olympics in 1998 and 2002 and in 18 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (including Division I). Michael Raffl, a rookie with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, has eleven points in 29 games this season.
13 members from the Norwegian team that participated in Vancouver 2010 will compete for the country once again in Russia. Norway will be looking to improve upon its tenth-place finish in 2010, in what will be coach Roy Johansen's 13th consecutive campaign with the national team.
Forward Mats Zuccarello is the team's lone NHLer.
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