After missing out on the Paralympic Winter Games podium at Sochi 2014 for the first time since 1994, Norway have made changes to their coaching staff in an attempt to blow away the cobwebs at the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Buffalo, New York, USA.
They now count former ice hockey player, Ole Eskild Dahlstrom, and former ice sledge hockey player, Tommy Rovelstad, as part of their assistant coaching team, led by Espen Hegde as the new Head Coach. Hegde, formerly an assistant coach, takes over the reins from well-respected Morten Haglund.
Norway are looking towards Dahlstrom, Rovelstad and Hegde to provide a new perspective on the ice, coupled with experienced hands such as legendary forward Rolf Pedersen, to take them into a new era.
The Norwegians finished fifth at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Goyang, South Korea, beating Italy 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out.
Rolf Pedersen (forward), Morten Vaernes (forward)
IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool medals
Gold (2004); Silver (1996, 2000, 2008, 2009)
Gold (1998); Silver (1994, 2002, 2006); Bronze (2010)
Johansen, Roger (G)
Pedersen, Rolf Einar (F)
Kirstistuen, Emil (F)
Hagen, Eskil (D)
Svee, Stig Tore (F)
Vaernes, Morten (D)
Rivera, Tor Joakim (F)
Bogle, Magnus (F)
Sorheim, Emil (F)
Nordstoga, Knut Andre (D)
Solberg, Loyd - Remi Pallander (F)
Hamar, Kjell Christian (G)
Hamre, Martin (F)
Bakke, Audun (F)
Klakegg, Jan Roger (F)
Avdal, Thommas (F)
Jacobsen, Thomas (D)
All team previews for the Buffalo 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships can be found here.
Buffalo 2015 will be shown live at Buffalo2015.com, and tickets are still available.