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Zuccarello lone NHLer named to Norwegian Olympic team

Jan 7, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on March 6, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
(March 5, 2011 - Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello was the lone NHL player named to Norway’s Winter Olympic roster on Tuesday.

Zuccarello, 26, is a veteran of international play and has already represented Norway at the Olympics, scoring three points in four contests at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

“The Hobbit” (so named for his diminutive stature) is enjoying a tremendous campaign in New York this season, leading the Rangers with 30 points through 43 games. The 30 points also represent his career high, eclipsing the 23 he scored in his first season with the Blueshirts.

While Zuccarello might be the lone Norwegian NHLer, several of his teammates have National Hockey League experience. Specifically, defensemen Jonas Holos and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen — Holos appeared in 39 games for Colorado during the 2010-11 campaign, while Tollefsen has over 150 games of experience on his resume with Columbus and Philadelphia.

Up front, former Flyers and Oilers forward Patrick Thoresen will represent Norway as well.

Here’s the Norwegian roster in full, per TSN:

Goaltenders: Lars Haugen, Lars Volden, Steffen Soberg.

Defence: Alexander Bonsaksen, Jonas Holos, Henrik Solberg, Daniel Sorvik, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Mats Trygg, Henrik Odegaard.

Forwards: Morten Ask, Anders Bastiansen, Robin Dahlstrom, Kristian Forsberg, Mads Hansen, Marius Holtet, Sondre Olden, Ken Andre Olimb, Mathis Olimb, Mats Rosseli Olsen, Niklas Roest, Martin Roymark, Per-Age Skroder, Patrick Thoresen, Mats Zuccarello.

UPDATE: Marius Holtet is sidelined, so Fredrik Lystad Jacobsen will take his place.

  1. storminator16 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Where are all of you “omg, I couldn’t believe they didn’t take the Norwegian player on my junior/AHL/NHL” team folks? You guys are the authority on everything Olympic hockey it seems.

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Zucc shines on the big ice. 4 years ago in Vancouver is why he’s even in the NHL right now. Rangers saw a team Norway game, went and signed him. based solely on how he played in that tourny, I thought he’d be way better in the NHL as well. you Rangers fans may end up proud if you can catch a Norway game and haven’t seen him play internationally before.

    • jkay1818 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      he was excellent in the game vs canada that went into a shootout. scored goals in regulation and the shootout

      • imleftcoast - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Didn’t Canada beat Norway 8-0?

    • barkar942 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Frodo is like a Dachshund or a Chihuahua. He is small in size but thinks he is a German Sheppard.
      He is amazing to watch his passing skills, his ability to go up on the boards against players a foot taller and he seems to weave his stick around them and come away with the puck. His ability to see the ice is absolutely amazing. Now he has learned how to speed up his game to match the smaller ice surface.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I really feel like Per-Age Skroder is going to have a breakout tourney.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Note to self, get Norwegian citizenship for 2018

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