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Vanek, Grabner highlight Austrian Olympic roster

Jan 7, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT

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There were few surprises as Austria announced its Olympic team for the 2014 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, as all three of the country’s NHLers — Thomas Vanek, Michael Grabner and Michael Raffl — were named to the squad.

The trio will be joined by ex-Rangers and Islanders defenseman Thomas Pock. Pock, 32, appeared in 118 career NHL contests between 2003-09, last suiting up for the Isles during the ’08-09 campaign.

Here is the team in full, per TSN:

Goaltenders: Bernhard Starkbaum, Rene Swette, Fabian Weinhandl.

Defence: Mario Altmann, Florian Iberer, Andre Lakos, Robert Lukas, Thomas Pock, Matthias Trattnig, Stefan Ulmer, Gerhard Unterluggauer.

Forwards: Michael Grabner, Raphael Herburger, Thomas Hundertpfund, Matthias Iberer, Thomas Koch, Andreas Kristler, Manuel Latusa, Brian Lebler, Daniel Oberkofler, Michael Raffl, Thomas Raffl, Oliver Setzinger, Thomas Vanek, Daniel Welser.

UPDATE: Fabian Weinhandl has been replaced with goaltender Mathias Lange. Andreas Kristler is also out, which created an opening for former Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes forward Andreas Nodl.

  1. micasa81 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Kudos to Austria for beating out rival Germany, who has roughly 10 times the population, to qualify for the Olympics this year. In the same vein, congrats to Slovenia (i.e. Kopitar) for qualifying for the first time ever! For a tiny Balkan country of 2 million people, that’s impressive indeed. I know the real exciting news is the big teams that are expected to contend for medals, but I love these stories too.

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