Germany, Norway round out 2010 Olympic men's hockey

The Canadian Press

2/8/2009 3:00:19 PM

VANCOUVER - The groups for the 2010 Olympic men's hockey tournament are set.

Germany and Norway were the final countries to secure a place in the event Sunday, each winning qualifying tournaments to get in.

The Norwegians will play in Group A at the Olympics along with Canada, Switzerland and the United States.

Norway is one of the top Winter Olympic nations in history, but has not qualified for an Olympic hockey tournament since hosting the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer.

Former NHLer Patrick Thoresen had a hat trick on Sunday as Norway beat rival Denmark 5-3 in Oslo. The victory secured a trip to Vancouver.

Germany was already assured of qualifying before registering a 2-1 win over Slovenia in Hannover.

The Germans will play in Group C along with Sweden, Finland and Belarus.

Group B will feature Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Latvia.

The Olympic tournament begins on Feb.16, 2010.