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Looking Towards Sochi: Team Latvia Preview

Team Latvia’s 2010 Record: 12th place

We will start off with Team Latvia who is in Group C of the Olympic group. Team Latvia had a disappointing trip back in 2010 as they finished in 12th place. This time around, head coach Ted Nolan will look to improve his team’s performance and return with a much better outcome. Here are the Latvian’s 25 men rosters:

Goaltenders:

Kristers Gudlevskis, Edgars Masalskis, Ervins Mustukovs

Defensemen:

Oskars Bartulis, Ralfs Freibergs, Arturs Kulda, Sandis Ozolinsh, Georgijs Pujacs, Krisjanis Redlihs, Arvids Rekis, Kristaps Sotnieks.

Forwards:

Armands Berzins, Martins Cipulis, Lauris Darzins, Kaspars Daugavins, Zemgus Girgensons, Miks Indrasis, Koba Jass, Martins Karsums, Ronalds Kenins, Vitalijs Pavlovs, Mikelis Redlihs, Janis Sprukts, Juris Stals, Herberts Vasiljevs.

While this team ranges from old veterans to young players looking to make a splash in their first Olympics, the future looks bright for the Latvians.  One of the young players that head coach,Ted Nolan has praised has been one of his own players back in Buffalo, Zemgus Girgensons. Nolan has praised his work ethic. Girgensons is considered to be the future of  Team Latvia.

The Latvians’ schedule doesn’t seem too favorable as they have some pretty tough matchups along their way. Let’s take a look at their schedule:

– February 12, 2014  Switzerland vs. Latvia
– February 14, 2014  Czech Republc vs. Latvia
– February 15, 2014 Sweden vs. Latvia
– February 18, 2014 Qualification Play-Off
– February 19, 2014 Quarterfinal
– February 21, 2014 SemiFinal
– February 22, 2014 Bronze-Medal Game
– February 23, 2014 Gold Medal Game

Team Latvia’s toughest game will probably come against the Swedes on February 15th.

Prediction for Team Latvia: Won’t medal; 12th place. 

The competition seems to be too much for Team Latvia and it will be interesting to see how they perform under Ted Nolan.

How do you think Team Latvia will do in this year’s Olympics in Sochi? Will they be better than last time around? Drop some comments and let me know!

Thanks for reading!