Pro chemistry is a key element in Olympic hockey

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Even Austria’s longshot Olympic team features two Islanders forwards, Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner.

Teemu Selanne left longtime center Saku Koivu back home in Anaheim while he heads to his sixth Olympics, but the Finnish Flash knows what decides an Olympic tournament.

“How quickly can you get chemistry with the linemates and stuff?” he asked. “There’s so many things up in the air, and you don’t have enough time to prepare. That’s why you never know what’s going to happen in this tournament. It’s what team gets hot in 10 days.”


AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage contributed to this report.

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