When North American fans think of Hnat Domenichelli they dont think "Swiss player'. They think Canadian. He is afterall a World Junior Hockey Champion with Team Canada in 1996. Yet in 2010, he will be trying to beat Canada as a member of team Switzerland.
He actually has a nice resume put together after all these years. 1996 WJHC Gold. 1994 & 1995 Memorial Cup Champion with the Kamloops Blazers & 2003 Calder Cup Champion. He has been in the top 5 in Swiss league scoring 4 times, including being the leagues top goal scorer once. He can even lay claim to outscoring NHL superstar Jarome Iginla for 3 seasons, while they both played in Kamloops (Hnat finished 3rd in the league, Jarome 4th in their best season).
Hnat will be making his Olympic debut. But he already has a wealth of international experinece between World Junior Championships, Spengler Cups & other tournaments.
Does Hnat Domenichelli expect to win a gold in Vancouver? Probably not. Hope to? Sure. Expect to? No. What Hnat likely does expect to do though is compete hard for Switzerland, and help them do as well as they can. If Switzerland has any hopes of some incredible upsets, Hnat Domenichelli will need to be a key piece of it.
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