The announcement by Team USA that Ryan Miller will be on the Olympic roster as one of three goalies made a lot of headlines in Buffalo and around the country. The entire United States is waiting to see if Miller can help the team to bring home the gold from the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
While Miller remains a high profile player for the Buffalo Sabres and the USA Olympic Team, he is not the only member of the Sabres organization who is taking part in the Olympics. Lost in all of the hoopla is the fact that four other members of the Sabres are headed to Sochi to take part in the Olympic games. Most fans would be surprised to find out just which Sabres are headed to Russia in February.
Jhonas Enroth – Goaltender – Sweden
It is easy to forget that Jhonas Enroth is actually an accomplished international goaltender because he spends most of his time in the shadow of Ryan Miller. But Enroth was the goalie of record when Sweden won the World Championships in 2013. He also made a strong showing at the World Junior Championships in 2007, and then again in 2008.
Henrik Tallinder – Defense – Sweden
“Hammering Hank” Tallinder is an old vet when it comes to international play. He was on that 2013 World Championship team with Enroth, and Tallinder also played in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver as a member of the Swedish team. Tallinder was also a member of the 1998 Swedish team at the World Junior Championships.
Zemgus Girgensons – Center – Latvia
Zemgus Girgensons is, quite simply, the best player the Lativan national team has. At the tender age of 20 years old, Girgensons already has the 2012 World Junior Championships and the 2013 World Championships under his belt. The Sabres expect great things from Girgensons, but his country is hoping that the young forward can help bring a gold medal home to Latvia.
Ted Nolan – Head Coach – Latvia
Most Sabres fans forget that Ted Nolan was the head coach of the Latvian national team before he was brought back to coach in Buffalo. When Nolan took the Buffalo job, he also kept his job as the Latvian head coach. So, for some strange reason, Canadian-born Ted Nolan will coach the Latvian men’s ice hockey team in the 2014 Winter Olympics.