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Thomas Vanek named captain of Team Austria

Jan 28, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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Thomas Vanek will be wearing the captain’s “C” once again this season, this time for his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Via news from Vanek’s website, Team Austria coach Manny Viveiros announced Vanek as team captain replacing forward Thomas Koch in that role.

“Vanek is a star player for us and also in the NHL, that’s enough to make him captain,” Viveiros said. “He is a role-model for all young players in Austria.”

Koch is still a member of the Austrian team at this year’s Olympics but said he was fine with the decision citing Vanek’s role as co-captain of the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season.

Vanek is one of three current NHL players on Team Austria joining New York Islanders teammate Michael Grabner and Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl. Former NHL players on the team include defenseman Thomas Pock and forward Andreas Nodl.

Austria opens the Olympics in the same group as Canada, Finland, and Norway.

  1. valoisvipers - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Team Canada is in real trouble in net. Maybe Smith might be good enough but with the other two clowns, yes, we`re in trouble.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      bill daly said they were going to re-evaluate letting the players go to sochi if something happens between now and feb 9th so it might not matter anyway…olympic hope lies in putin’s ring of steel.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Screw Canada. USA USA USA

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