Ole Kristian Tollefsen is not the normal hockey Olympian. In the NHL Ole is often seen as a fighter, a role not commonly seen in the international game. In fact its a role that will get you kicked out of the Olympics if you were to engage in it.
But for a country like Norway, where talent is limited, Ole gets a chance to show that his game actually consists of things other than fighting. The Olympics are a chance for Tollefsen to display some non-pugilist skills to the hockey world & maybe give his NHL club the Philadelphia Flyers reason to trust him for things other than fighting.
I believe the 2010 Olympics will be Tollefsens first foray into senior international competition for his country. Whether or not the relief of not having to worry about dropping the gloves will help Ole or not remains to be seen. His NHL career has seen him used only sparingly by his teams, his most games palyed in a season is 70. To the NHL teams, hes nothing but a fighter. But Norway will expect more out of him than that & this chance might help him launch a career that will not require him to fight to work.
The Norwegian team is probably not thinking medals in Vancouver. They are just there looking to improve their overall status in the IIHF rankings. Just like how Ole Kristian Tollefsen will be looking to improve his status in the hockey world from "fighter" to "defenseman".
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