The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just over a month away. The Olympic rosters of the Men’s Ice Hockey teams have until Tuesday January, 7 to be submitted. Switzerland announced their roster today.
The Swiss team will be represented in part by eight players that are currently playing in the National Hockey League. Here is the official team roster as reported in the Swiss Hockey News:
Defensemen: Severin Blindenbacher (ZSC Lions), Rafael Diaz (Montréal Canadiens), Philippe Furrer (SC Bern), Roman Josi (Nashville Predators), Mathias Seger (Captain, ZSC Lions), Mark Streit (Philadelphia Flyers), Julien Vauclair (HC Lugano), Yannick Weber (Vancouver Canucks)
Forwards: Andres Ambühl (HC Davos), Matthias Bieber (Kloten Flyers), Simon Bodenmann (Kloten Flyers), Damien Brunner (New Jersey Devils), Luca Cunti (ZSC Lions), Ryan Gardner (SC Bern), Denis Hollenstein (Genève-Servette HC), Simon Moser (Milwaukee Admirals), Nino Niederreiter (Minnesota Wild), Martin Plüss (SC Bern), Kevin Romy (Genève-Servette HC), Reto Suri (EV Zug), Morris Trachsler (ZSC Lions), Roman Wick (ZSC Lions)
A brief look at the history of the Swiss teams shows that their best finish has been Bronze Medal which they won back in the 1928 and 1948 Olympic Games. In more recent history, the best finish for the team was a 6th place finish at the games played in Torino back in 2006.
In order for this team to have any chance, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller is going to have to play the best hockey of his career. It seems like an uphill battle but Hiller has played very well this year. On the year, Hiller currently has a 20-4-4 records with a 2.42 gaa and .911 save percentage.
What kind of chance does the Swiss team have?