OSLO – New Norwegian national team coach Petter Thoresen has named 26 players for his first squad that will convene in mid-August and play the Final Olympic Qualification on home ice in Oslo.
The roster includes two goaltenders – a third netminder will be added later –, nine defencemen and 15 forwards including NHL forward Andreas Martinsen of the Colorado Avalanche and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers. 17 of the 26 players join from club teams abroad, 11 from neighbouring country Sweden.
Among the players is also the new head coach’s son, former NHL forward Patrick Thoresen, who plays for the ZSC Lions Zurich in Switzerland.
The team will practise in Oslo from 10-14 August and then play in Stromstad, Sweden, in a pre-season tournament with Swedish club teams Farjestad Karlstad and Frolunda Gothenburg.
The second camp will take place 23-28 August in Oslo where Norway will play two exhibition games against Austria on 27 and 28 August.
The Final Olympic Qualification will take place 1-4 September and be played in three groups with the group winner earning a spot in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Norway will host one group at the classic Jordal Amfi rink in Norway that also includes France, Kazakhstan and Italy. Click here for more information on the Olympic Qualification, schedules and tickets. Preliminary Roster Norway
Henrik Haukeland, Leksands IF (SWE)
Steffen Soberg, Valerenga Oslo
Stefan Espeland, Lorenskog IK
Johannes Johannesen, Frolunda Gothenburg (SWE)
Chrsitian Kasastul, Frisk Asker
Erlend Lesund, Mora IK (SWE)
Andreas Roykas Martinsen, Djurgarden Stockholm (SWE)
Mattias Norstebo, Frolunda Gothenburg (SWE)
Daniel Sorvik, HC Litvinov (CZE)
Mats Trygg, Lorenskog IK
Henrik Odegaard, Frisk Asker
Anders Bastiansen, Frisk Asker
Robin Dahlstrom, Lorenskog IK
Ludvig Hoff, University of North Dakota (NCAA)
Jorgen Karterud, Vasterviks IK (SWE)
Andreas Martinsen, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Sondre Olden, Leksands IF (SWE)
Mats Rosseli Olsen, Frolunda Gothenburg (SWE)
Thomas Valkvae Olsen, BIK Karlskoga (SWE)
Niklas Roest, Sparta Sarpsborg
Martin Roymark, Tappara Tampere (FIN)
Andreas Stene, Timra IK (SWE)
Patrick Thoresen, ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI)
Mathias Trettenes, Almtuna IS (SWE)
Martin Laumann Ylven, Valerenga Oslo
Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (NHL)