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OLYMPICS: St. Louis to play for Canada

by The Associated Press on February 07, 2014 10:58 AM

SOCHI, Russia — Canada’s Olympic hockey team picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning forward to replace an injured one.

Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Martin St. Louis is on the roster for the Sochi games to replace Steven Stamkos.

Doctors ruled out Stamkos on Wednesday because he hasn’t recovered sufficiently from a broken right leg.

Stamkos has been practicing and hoped to play for the Lightning on Saturday night against Detroit in their final game before the Olympic break. He had 14 goals and nine assists in 17 games this season. St. Louis has 55 points in 57 games.

Steve Yzerman, the Canadians’ executive director and Tampa Bay’s general manager, chose St. Louis over Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux and Pittsburgh’s James Neal.

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