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Sore Swede: Canucks captain Henrik Sedin out of 2014 Winter Olympics

Henrik Sedin
Henrik Sedin's Team Sweden 2014 Olympic jersey.
— image credit: YouTube screenshot (Canucks)

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics men's hockey tournament, according to Swedish media reports.

Sedin also confirmed the news with Sportsnet's Dan Murphy on Thursday, and later released a statement via the team.

"I'm disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games," Sedin said (Canucks.com).

"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."

The news leaves Sweden without one of its top-flight centres, putting the load down the middle on Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and Washington's Nicklas Backstrom. It also leaves Henrik's brother Daniel without his lifelong playing partner.

Sedin, 33, will miss the Vancouver Canucks' final two games before the Olympic break, tonight in Montreal and Saturday in Toronto. He is recovering from a rib injury, suffered on Jan. 16, 2014 in a game against Phoenix. He then re-aggravated it two nights later against Calgary.

Sedin played against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, in a 3-1 Canucks loss.

In two Olympics with Sweden (in 2006 and 2010), Sedin has won one gold medal and recorded six points in 12 games played. He also scored four goals and four assists to lead the Swedes to a gold medal in last year's World Hockey Championships.

Internationally, he has appeared in five total World Championships and three World Junior championships with Sweden.

Henrik is the second high-profile hockey player to pull out of the Olympics (with injury) in the past two days, as Canada heard on Wednesday that sniper Steven Stamkos will also miss out on Sochi.

Stamkos is currently recovering from a broken leg and has been replaced on Canada's roster by Martin St. Louis.

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