Gangneung 2017: Norway team preview05.04.2017
The European bronze medallists are hoping for a podium place at the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships.
Norway will return to the ice at the World Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, having just missed out on a podium place at the last edition in 2015.
That followed their performance from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which saw them miss out on a medal for the first time since 1994.
But in 2015 Norway fought hard, taking Russia to overtime before losing the bronze medal match 2-1.
The following season Norway reached the European podium with bronze in Ostersund, Sweden.
In 2016-17 Norway have had ups and downs. In one of their games an international tournament in March, they were beaten 6-3 by 2018 Paralympic hosts South Korea. However they later returned to win 3-1 over the hosts of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
They bounced back even further, going on to finish second to Canada in the final standings.
Defender Rolf Pedersen was a key player for Norway during the tournament, and attacker Morten Vaernes managed to breach the Canadian defence in the deciding game.
They count former ice hockey player, Ole Eskild Dahlstrom, as part of their assistant coaching team, led by Espen Hegde as head coach.
Norway’s World Championships record includes gold (2004) and silver (1996, 2000, 2008, 2009).
No. 24 – Thommas Avdal
No. 22 – Audun Bakke
No.12 – Magnus Bogle
No. 20 – Martin Hamre
No. 71 – Ola Oiseth
No. 10 – Tor Joakim Rivera
No. 17 – Loyd Remi Solberg
No. 15 – Emil Sorheim
No. 9 – Morten Vaernes
No. 27 – Emil Vatne
No. 65 – Thomas Jacobsen
No. 23 – Jan Roger Klakegg
No. 16 – Knut Andre Nordstoga
No. 3 – Rolf Einar Pedersen
No. 19 – Kissinger Deng
No. 18 – Kjell Christian Hamar
Live coverage and the game schedule of the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships, taking place between 11-20 April, is available at Gangneung2017.com.