Friday, February 03, 2006

Olympic hurts

Lately, it seems anywhere you look, you're hearing about the latest hockey player to drop out of the Turin Olympics, which are set to start next Friday.

Just today, Finland may have lost two defenders in Ossi Vaananen and Aki Berg. Slovakian sniper Ladislav Nagy will now also miss the Games due to his knee injury. Czech Milan Hejduk was also hurt last night, although more information on his injury has yet to come out.

These are just the latest additions to a list that includes: Ed Jovanovski (Canada), Miikka Kiprusoff (Finland), Kari Lehtonen (Finland), Tuomo Ruutu (Finland), Sami Kapanen (Finland), Alexei Zhamnov (Russia), Nikolai Khabibulin (Russia), Markus Naslund (Sweden), Kim Johnsson (Sweden) and Niklas Kronwall (Sweden).

Also, three others slated to go, Scott Niedermayer (Canada), Hannu Toivonen (Finland) and Peter Forsberg (Sweden), are still debating a trip to the Olympics due to hurts from the season.

And this list doesn't even include players who were injured before Olympic team selections in late December.

The question for the Feb. 15 puckdrop is quickly becoming 'who's still going to be there?'

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