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Vanek, Grabner highlight Austrian Olympic roster

by Staff

Three NHL players are on the roster for Austria named Tuesday to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including New York Islanders teammates Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner, as well as Philadelphia Flyers rookie Michael Raffl.

Vanek is the unquestioned star for the Austrians. He has 36 points this season in 41 games split between the Islanders and Buffalo Sabres. For his career he has 265 goals in 626 NHL games. He will be playing in the Olympics for the first time.

Raffl has 11 points in 29 games this season, his first with the Flyers after spending the past two seasons playing for Leksand in Sweden

Grabner, meanwhile, has five goals and 12 points in 40 games this season. He has 259 NHL games under his belt.

The domestic contingent will be led by veteran defenseman Gerhard Unterluggauer, who has played in 239 international games, including Austria's last Olympics in 1998 and 2002. He has 27 points in 38 games with Villacher in the Austrian league this season.

The Austrians will play in Group B with Canada, Norway and Finland.

Here is the full roster:

Goaltenders: Bernhard Starkbaum, Brynas Gavle (SWE); Rene Swette, KAC Klagenfurt (AUT); Fabian Weinhandl, KAC Klagenfurt (AUT)

Defensemen: Mario Altmann, VSV Villach (AUT); Florian Iberer, KAC Klagenfurt (AUT); Andre Lakos, Vienna Capitals (AUT); Robert Lukas, EHC Linz (AUT); Thomas Pock, KAC Klagenfurt (AUT); Matthias Trattnig, Red Bull Salzburg (AUT); Stefan Ulmer, HC Lugano (SUI); Gerhard Unterluggauer, VSV Villach (AUT)

Forwards: Michael Grabner, New York Islanders; Raphael Herburger, EHC Biel (SUI); Thomas Hundertpfund, Timra IK (SWE); Matthias Iberer, EHC Linz (AUT); Thomas Koch, KAC Klagenfurt (AUT); Andreas Kristler, Red Bull Salzburg (AUT); Manuel Latusa, Red Bull Salzburg (AUT); Brian Lebler, EHC Linz (AUT); Daniel Oberkofler, EHC Linz (AUT); Michael Raffl, Philadelphia Flyers; Thomas Raffl, Red Bull Salzburg (AUT); Oliver Setzinger, Lausanne HC (SUI); Thomas Vanek, New York Islanders; Daniel Welser, Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)

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