Italy's ice sledge hockey programme started up just prior to the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.
Italy finished in sixth place at the World Championships last year, just barely escaping relegation to the B-Pool.
However, the Italians have come a long way since fielding a Paralympic team for the first time at the Torino 2006 Games. They have a 2011 European Championship title under their belts and have a veteran team heading to Goyang that believes they can finish in the top five and automatically qualify for Sochi 2014.
Italy has plenty of experience this season on the ice as well, most recently taking first place at the Paralympic Winter World Cup, finishing ahead of Sweden, Norway and Estonia.
Andrea Chiarotti (forward); Florian Planker (forward)
Massimo Da Rin De Lorenzo
World Championship A-Pool medals