Austria forward and former Buffalo Sabres captain Thomas Vanek falls to the ice as Finland goaltender Tuukka Rask reaches to smother a rebound in the first period of a men’s ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Austria had a terrible Olympic tournament, and the country’s hockey fans are reeling as to one of the reasons why. The players spent too much time partying.

The backlash is in full swing, and Thomas Vanek is in the middle of it.

The former Sabres captain wore the “C” for Austria, which went 1-4 with a goal differential of minus-12. The Austrians disappeared with a meek 4-0 loss to Slovenia in the elimination round.

“Chose Vanek as team captain to have an experienced player and this obviously went wrong,” Austrian Ice Hockey Federation President Dieter Kalt said at a news conference.

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