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"Its Great To Be Back"

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 12:31 PM
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2012 IIHF World Championship
\"Its Great To Be Back\"
LJUBLJANA – Michael Grabner is the only of Austria’s three NHL players who was able to represent the national team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A. On Thursday he celebrated the promotion to the elite nations.

Believe it or not, but Grabner is currently participating in his first ever World Championship tournament with Austria’s men’s national team. His last international event dates back to 2009 when he helped his country in the Olympic Qualification. He also played once at the U20 World Championship and two times at the U18 World Championship, both times at Division I level.

Grabner debuted with his hometown club Villacher SV in the top Austrian league as a 16-year-old before moving to Canada. After several junior years and AHL seasons for Vancouver’s affiliate Manitoba Moose he eventually found his place in the NHL in 2010 when the New York Islanders claimed him off waivers.

The team from Long Island was rewarded with 52 points in 76 games. And Grabner was rewarded last spring with a five-year contract worth $15 million, which made him one of the best-paid Austrian athletes.

“It was always my dream to play in the NHL and I think I’m accepted in the league, it doesn’t matter where you come from,” the 24-year-old says. “I hope I can be successful with the Islanders as well next year as I’ve been here – and reach the playoffs.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
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11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 32 12 15 -6 27
K. Okposo 32 7 20 -4 27
B. Nelson 32 14 12 6 26
R. Strome 32 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 32 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 32 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 22 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 29 5 7 3 12
N. Kulemin 32 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 31 2 9 2 11
 
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C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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