Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin will pull out of Team Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to an injury.
#canucks Captain Henrik Sedin confirms that the Swedish reports are true. He will miss 2014 Olympics due to injury.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 6, 2014
Earlier in the day, head coach John Tortorella announced Henrik will miss the final two games before the Olympic break. Tortorella added he would prefer if Henrik didn’t participate in the Olympics so his injury can heal, but the decision was up to him.
Tortorella said he’d prefer if Henrik didn’t got to Sochi but it’s a delicate situation and when it comes to Country the player will decide. — Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 6, 2014
General manager Mike Gillis, while making his weekly appearance on the TEAM 1040, said his availability for the Olympics was dependent on whether team doctors clear him to play or not.
#Canucks GM Mike Gillis says Henrik Sedin’s Olympic availability depends on whether Canucks team MD clears him to play.
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) February 6, 2014
It appears doctors did not clear Henrik, which is why he is pulling out. He will replaced on the roster by Calgary Flames centre Mikael Backlund.
Henrik was a member of the 2006 team that captured gold in Turin, Italy.