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Two Sharks Named to Team Canada; Couture Snubbed

January 7th, 2014 at 10:39 AM
By Alyssa

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Tuesday the San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Patrick Marleau, were named to Team Canada to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This marks the second Olympic team Marleau has been a part of, and Vlasic's first.

One glaring omission from Team Canada was Sharks forward Logan Couture, who seemed to be a lock to make the team. It was disclosed the previous day that he would undergo surgery on his hand, though Canadian Olympic officials told Couture his omission was not related to the surgery. Had the team been seriously considering Couture, he could have been named initially and then replaced if the hand didn't heal in time for the Games.

Also on Tuesday, the Sharks' starting netminder, Antti Niemi, was also selected to represent Finland in the Games. American Joe Pavelski was selected for team USA the week before. The 22nd Olympic Winter Games begins on February 7 and ends on February 23. Players will join their respective team's training camp in late January.

Tags: Antti Niemi, Hockey, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, NHL, Patrick Marleau, San Jose, San Jose Sharks

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