The 31-year-old Schneider came to the Comet from the Swiss team Biel-Bienne the year before last. In the basic part, he scored 26 points in 20 matches for 20 goals and six assists. He scored a goal in eight playoff duels. After the season, he went to Salzburg and celebrated with him the title in the international Austrian league ICEHL. The gunner, who also worked in the youth teams of České Budějovice and Znojmo from 2007 to 2010, will perform at the World Championships for the third time.
Kasper, who could be one of the players selected in the first round in the July NHL draft, has scored 18 points in 10 games and 10 passes in 75 games including the playoffs in two seasons in the top league. This year, Rögle helped triumph in the Champions League with six points for two goals and four assists in 12 games.
In contrast to the Czech Games, which took place two weeks ago, the team of Swiss coach Roger Bader left the defender Gerd Kragl from Linz and the attackers Kevin Macierzynski with Simeon Schwinger from Dornbirn and Alexander Rauchenwald from Villach.
Goalkeepers David Kickert and Bernhard Starkbaum of Vienna, defenders Dominique Heinrich of Salzburg, Clemens Unterweger with strikers Manuel Ganahl and Lukas Haudum of Klagenfurt and other strikers Schneider with captain Thomas Raffl of Salzburg of Benjamin, and Dominic Zwerger from another Swiss team, Ambri-Piotta.
Austria retreated at the time, and in the next two years the lower divisions did not play due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the team returned to the elite after the exclusion of Russia and Belarus due to the war in Ukraine.
The goalkeeper David Madlener from Dornbirn and the forward Brian Lebler from Salzburg also have experience from the elite category of the World Cup. Erik Kirchschläger from Graz also played in Group A of Division I. The 36-year-old Starkbaum has ten entries at world championships, five of which were among the elite, and he also presented himself at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Thomas Raffl, a year younger, was also present.
The Austrians competed twice in the training twice with the Czech national team in Znojmo (1: 5) and Linz (1: 4), then welcomed Poland in two duels in Graz (4: 1 and 1: 0), they competed with Italy outside in Bruneck (1: 2) and at home in Innsbruck (5: 0), at the Czech Games they hosted Sweden (0: 1) in Vienna and in Ostrava they played against Finland (2: 4) and the Czech Republic (1: 3) and in the general competed in Germany with Schwenningen (1: 3).
He will enter the tournament on Saturday at 11:20 CEST against Sweden. In the next duels in the basic group B in Tampere, the United States of America awaits them, on Tuesday, May 17 from 15:20 CEST Czechia, then Norway, Latvia, home Finland and Great Britain.
Nomination of Austrian hockey players
World Championships in Tampere and Helsinki (May 13-29)
Goalkeepers: David Kickert, Bernhard Starkbaum (both Vienna Capitals / ICEHL), David Madlener (Dornbirn / ICEHL)
Defenders: Dominique Heinrich, Philipp Wimmer, Kilian Zündel (all Salzburg / ICEHL), David Maier, Clemens Unterweger (both Klagenfurt / ICEHL), Nico Brunner (Villach / ICEHL), Dominic Hackl (Vienna Capitals / ICEHL), Erik Kirchschläger (Graz / ICEHL), Bernd Wolf (Lugano / Switzerland)
Attackers: Paul Huber, Brian Lebler, Benjamin Nissner, Thomas Raffl, Peter Schneider, Ali Wukovits (all Salzburg / ICEHL), Manuel Ganahl, Lukas Haudum (both Klagenfurt / ICEHL), Oliver Achermann (La Chaux-de-Fonds / Switzerland), Benjamin Baumgartner (Lausanne / Switzerland), Nico Feldner (Sheffield Steelers / EIHL), Marco Kasper (Rögle / Sweden), Dominic Zwerger (Ambri-Piotta / Switzerland)