With just a few days to go until the World Para Ice Hockey Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden, we’re taking a closer look at each of the five teams competing for the chance to appear at PyeongChang 2018.
The host nation are the favourites to top the Tournament. They missed out on PyeongChang 2018 qualification after being shut out by Italy at the 2017 Worlds Championships A-Pool. The nation had not won a medal at a Paralympics or Worlds A-Pool since they took world bronze in 2004. Since then, Sweden has been hopping between the A-Pool and B-Pool. The squad, however, is among the experienced group in Ostersund.
Paralympic Winter Games
Salt Lake 2002 – bronze
Nagano 1998 – bronze
Lillehammer 1994 – gold
World Championships history
2015 World Championships B-Pool – silver
2012 World Championships B-Pool – silver
2009 World Championships B-Pool – silver
2004 World Championships A-Pool – bronze
2000 World Championships A-Pool – bronze
1996 World Championships A-Pool - gold
Star forward Per Kasperi and veteran defenseman Niklas Ingvarsson have been a one-two punch for Sweden, helping their team take the silver medal at the 2015 World Championships B-Pool to jump back into the A-Pool. At the 2017 Worlds A-Pool, Ulf Nilsson was named Best Goalkeeper at the after making 144 saves.
No. 17 Daniel Cederstam
No. 14 Kenth Jonsson
No. 7 Goran Karlsson
No. 8 Per Kasperi
No. 9 Martin Magnevill
No. 10 Robin Meng
No. 6 Peter Nilsson
No. 18 Peter Ojala
No. 20 Niklas Rakos
No. 15 Christian Hedberg
No. 21 Marcus Holm
No. 3 Niklas Ingvarsson
No. 11 Rasmus Lundgren
No. 84 Andreas Neuman
No. 5 Ulf Nilsson
Head coach: Erik Vikstrom
Ostersund 2017 runs from 9-14 October. The top three finishers will earn the last qualification spots available at PyeongChang 2018, joining Canada, Italy, Norway, South Korea and the USA in March.
Live coverage and the game schedule are available on the official Ostersund 2017 site.