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Rozenthal, Maurice

Sport:
ice hockey

Country Represented:
France

Years Competed:
2002

Olympic Info:
With twin brother Francois Rozenthal, Maurice competed at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympiads as a member of the French ice hockey team. At the 1998 Nagano Games, the French team went 1-2 in the qualifying round and then defeated Italy, 5-1 to finish in 11th place. Rozenthal did not score during the tournament.

A left wing, Rozenthal and his brother returned to the Olympics in 2002 as members of the French ice hockey team at the Salt Lake City Games. Maurice was an offensive star for France during the tournament, scoring two goals and assisting on another in France's 3-3 draw with Switzerland. In the second game of the qualifying round, Rozenthal scored France's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Belarus. The loss meant that France did not advance to the final round. In their final preliminary game against Ukraine, Rozenthal was shut out as France lost, 4-2. France's final game of the tournament was against Switzerland in the placement game (13th/14th); the French lost, 7-1, as Maurice scored the team's lone goal and finished the tournament with a team-high five points.

Career Highlights:
Both Maurice and brother Francois Rozenthal turned professional with their hometown team of Dunkerque in 1992 at the 17. Since then, they have remained teammates throughout their 10-year career, including a move to Bjoerkloeven in Sweden in 2001-02; they had previously spent their entire pro careers in France. After playing two seasons with Dunkerque, they played with Reims from 1994-1996.

The Rozenthal brothers moved to Amiens prior to the 1996-97 season, where they had their greatest success; Maurice was a three-time MVP of the French League (1999-2001). He registered a career-high 64 points (27 goals, 37 assists) in 1999 and followed that up with 45 points in 2000 and 39 points in 2001. In 2001-02, the brothers joined Bjoerkloeven in Sweden. Francois and Maurice have competed in four World Championships as members of the French National team.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. June 20, 1975

Origin:
Dunkerque, France



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References:
Jewish Sports Review


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