The next group of challengers includes Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Finland’s Teemu Selanne is back for his sixth Olympics as he becomes just the second player ever to take part in that many, joining fellow Finn, Raimo Helminen.
The Czechs are banking on experience in Sochi as they send a team with an average age of 29.8 years.
The team will be led by 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr who will be taking part in his fifth Olympics. Jagr is the New Jersey Devils leading scorer this season with 15 goals and 39 points.