Norwegian Viking Report…U18 National Team

By Evan Andriopoulos

As the NHL season draws near to the end, the Norwegian Ice Hockey
Associations Season begins it`s final phase tonite with Valerenga of Oslo
taking on Storhamar of Hamar for the National Title. Valerenga knocked off
upstart Frisk-Asker, coached by Serge Boisvert (Canada)… In the other
semi-final series, Storhamar knocked off Trondheim IHK to earn their shot at
the title. Valerenga is the favorite to win the title and repeat as
champions and are lead by former Swedish National Team goalkeeper Åke

Furuset won the 1st division and will return to play in the Elite Series,
Lørenskog will remain in the Elite Series as well. Aker-Majorstua closed out
their season with a 6-7-1 in conference record much in thanks to Radek Vbor
who registered 25 points over the final 5 games. Aker rebounded from a
horrendous 1998-99 lead by their American coach E.Andriopoulos. Aker looks
to be a more physical North American side next season and those interested
please email this author.

In other action the Norwegian 18 year old National Team was announced for
the World Junior B tourney in Riga, Latvia. Norway will play Japan, Denmark
and Italy in the tourney and hopes to return to JR A`s for the 2001 tourney.

Standouts marked with *

Per Marius Olsen Sparta Sarpsborg
Pål Tyrom NTG/Lillehammer

Kim Brandvold NTG/Lillehammer
Marius Fredriksen* Stjernen
Anders Hage NTG/Lillehammer
Erik Haugom NTG/Lillehammer
Anders Helgesen Stjernen
Svein Magnus Melgaard NTG/Lillehammer
Petter Skolla Manglerud/Star
Henning Thorsnes* Stjernen

Kenneth Bedsvåg* Brynäs IF, SWE
Jonas Gabrielsen Stjernen
Tom Martin Hammerstad* Rögle, SWE
Erik Wallace Johansen* Brynäs IF, SWE
Peter Lorentzen* Stjernen
Lars Sandvold Moe NTG/Lillehammer
Truls Navestad* Stjernen
Knut Henrik Spets NTG/Lillehammer
Morten Strangstad NTG/Lillehammer
Thomas Tangnes* Färjestad, SWE
Patrick Thoresen* Storhamar
Christian Thygesen* Vålerenga

Jan Hexeberg Manager
Ørjan Løvdal Trainer
Rune Gulliksen Asst.
Paul Delås Paulsen Goal Coach
Nicklas Karlsson Equipment Manager
Erik Strøm Physical Therapist