Team Norway hockey preview: Climbing out from obscurity

Mats Zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello took Olympic hockey by storm with Team Norway in 2010. The diminutive forward helped Team Norway hockey play some of the World’s best teams at a surprisingly high level. While Norway is a far cry away from the medal podium, they could ruin the tournament for a team or two.

Forwards

Zuccarello and former NHLer Patrick Thoresen lead a group of relative unknowns looking to build off of 2010. The majority of the forwards play in Sweden and Russia.

Defense

Former NHL blueliners Jonas Holos and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen lead the mediocre bunch. Holos averaged 28:56 minutes per game in the 2010 Olympics and Tollefsen uses his size to his advantage.

Goaltending

Lars Haugen is the projected starter for the Norwegians. He currently tends the net for Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Group B opponents

Finland, Canada, Austria

Projected group finish

3rd– 2 points

Final projection

9th

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