Thomas Vanek will be wearing the captain’s “C” once again this season, this time for his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Via news from Vanek’s website, Team Austria coach Manny Viveiros announced Vanek as team captain replacing forward Thomas Koch in that role. “Vanek is a star player for us and also in the NHL, that’s enough to make him captain,” Viveiros said. “He is a role-model for all young players in Austria.” Koch is still a member of the Austrian team at this year’s Olympics but said he was fine with the decision citing Vanek’s role as co-captain of the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season.
Thomas Vanek named captain of Team Austria
Pro Hockey Talk | Jan 28