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Will Swiss Hockey Make an Impact at Sochi?

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Mark Streit Swiss Hockey

The men’s team from Switzerland is heading in the right direction going to Sochi. It has been 66 years since a Swiss team has won an Olympic medal of any sport, but this team is primed to do so. In the 2006 games, they beat the Czechs and the Canadians, and in 2010 they took Team Canada to a shootout before losing. Earlier this year, Switzerland won the silver medal at the World Championships, so predicting their fate in February is a tough thing to do. There will be stiff competition in round-robin play as they will have to face Sweden, Czech Republic and Latvia in group C. Up front, the Swiss will be outmatched by most forerunners of the tournament, with few NHL players to boast of, and the ones they do have are young and inexperienced. The defense is where the Swiss will shine thanks to NHLers Mark Streit, Raphael Diaz, Roman Josi, and Luca Sbisa. They will also be strong in the net as long as Jonas Hiller is healthy, and if not, it may be a long tournament and a quick exit for the Swiss.

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