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Grabner joins Austria in Olympic qualifier

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to announce that right wing Michael Grabner will join the Austrian National Men’s Hockey Team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament for the 2010 Winter Olympics.


Grabner, 21, will be playing for Austria in Group F of the third stage of the Olympic Qualifying tournament played in Hanover, Germany from Feb. 5-8, 2009. Austria will be competing in a pool which includes Germany, Slovenia and Japan.

The winner of the tournament advances to the Olympic Games in Vancouver which will be held Feb. 12-28, 2010. Belarus, Canada, the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States have already qualified for the Olympic tournament. Three other teams will qualify for spots to be determined.

Grabner has played in 38 games with the Moose this season. He leads the team with 19 goals and is second in scoring with 28 points (19-9-28). He has also collected 12 PIMs.

Grabner appeared in 74 games with the Moose last year and amassed 44 points (22-22-44). He has also played in 12 AHL playoff games, collecting three goals and two penalty minutes.

The Villach, Austria native was originally drafted by the Canucks 14th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Villach Jr.  Austria-Jr.   13 6 4 10   4          
2003-2004 Villach Jr.  Austria-Jr.   23 32 5 37   58          
2003-2004 Villach  Austria   18 2 1 3   0          
2004-2005 Spokane Chiefs  WHL   58 13 11 24 -2 18 0 1      
2005-2006 Spokane Chiefs  WHL   67 36 14 50   28          
2006-2007 Spokane Chiefs  WHL   55 39 16 55 3 34 12 4 4    
2006-2007 Manitoba Moose  AHL   2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0    
2007-2008 Manitoba Moose  AHL   74 22 22 44 5 8 5 0      
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2005-2006 Spokane Chiefs  WHL           0         0 0.0
2006-2007 Spokane Chiefs  WHL   6 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0      
2006-2007 Manitoba Moose  AHL   6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
2007-2008 Manitoba Moose  AHL   6 3 0 3 -1 2 1 0      
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