Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara, right, pushes against Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin to keep him from getting position near the goal. After trying to play through a rib injury, Vancouver Canuck captain Henrik Sedin has been “shut down” by the National Hockey League team and now must decide whether to play for Sweden at the Olympics in Russia.
Photograph by: Elise Amendola, AP
MONTREAL – After trying to play through a rib injury, Vancouver Canuck captain Henrik Sedin has been “shut down” by the National Hockey League team and will not play for Sweden at the Olympics in Russia.
“I'll tell you right now: Do I want him to go? Absolutely not,” Canuck coach John Tortorella said Thursday morning. “I'm thinking about our hockey club. But I am not having a conversation with him about that; that is his call. That's your country. He's going to have to work that out with his family and let us know what he wants to do.”
In the afternoon, the Canucks released this statement from Sedin: "I'm disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games. This is a difficult decision but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks. I wish my teammates the best and look forward to returning to play."
Sedin wanted to help his NHL team so badly he played the last two games while still in obvious pain from the injury he sustained Jan. 16 when cross-checked in the ribs by Phoenix's Martin Hanzal.
Hanzal was not penalized and Sedin sat out six games before rejoining the Canucks on this road trip.
But after going pointless, without a shot on goal, in losses against Detroit and Boston, Sedin was told today by the Canucks that he won't play tonight against the Canadiens or Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Team Canada defenceman Dan Hamhuis, injured Monday in Detroit, will miss a second straight game. But Hamhuis is expected to practise Friday in Toronto and play Saturday.
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