During the last European Championships in 2011, an extremely strong Czech Republic team came top of their group during the preliminaries after winning each game, and came away with a silver medal after falling to Italy in the final. More recently, in the World Championships A-Pool in 2015, the team struggled against powerhouses USA and Canada and finished seventh. However, they certainly should not be discounted during this tournament.
The netminding tandem of Michal Vapenka and Jan Matousek provide a solid defensive base for the team, while two-time Paralympian Michal Geier may well take charge at the other end of the ice.
All team previews for the 2016 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey European Championships can be viewed at the event website.
All games will be streamed live at paralympic.org/ostersund-2016 alongside live results.