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Four Blue Jackets Begin Play In Torino Starting on Wednesday

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
For the next two weeks, Rick Nash and Adam Foote are no longer teammates with Radoslav Suchy and David Vyborny.

The four Blue Jackets begin play in the Winter Olympic hockey games in Turin, Italy, from Feb. 15-26, as Nash and Foote will play for Team Canada, Suchy for Slovakia and Vyborny for the Czech Republic.

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Foote and Nash will open the tournament playing Italy at 7:05 a.m. ET tomorrow as one of four games scheduled. Vyborny and the Czech Team will square off at 11:05 a.m. ET and Suchy and Slovokia will face Russia at 2:05 p.m. ET.

Team USA will close out the day’s slate of games, facing Latvia at 3:05 p.m. ET.
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Though a first-time Olympian, Nash is no stranger to international play as he won a gold medal with Canada’s under-18 team in the Czech Republic in 2001; won the silver medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships and helped Team Canada to the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships.

Nash is second on the Blue Jackets with 17 goals, despite playing in only 30 games. Overall he has posted 17-11-28 with an even rating overcoming knee and ankle injuries that has forced him to miss 28 games.

Foote, the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be playing in his third consecutive winter games, playing in 1998 and 2002. In 12 games with Team Canada, he has posted 1-1-2 helping Team Canada to the gold in 2002 and a fourth-place finish in 1998, after losing to Finland, 3-2 in the Bronze Medal game.

Foote has scored 5-8-13 in 41 games with the Jackets this season.

Vyborny, an alternate captain and the leading scorer for the Blue Jackets this season with 16-28-44, will represent his country at the Olympic Games for the first time. Again, Vyborny is no stranger to International Competition, having first represented his country at the age of 16, winning the gold medal at the 1992 European Junior Championship and the bronze the following year at the EJC.

In addition, Vyborny helped the Czech Republic team to the bronze medal at the 1993 World Junior Championships and helped win the Gold in 1996 at the World Championship. His trophy case has gotten rather crowded over the years, winning gold at the World Championship again in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005.

Suchy is in his first Olympic games after representing Slovakia at the 1994 European Junior Championships, where he won gold. He has also played at the World Junior Championships in 1996 and won silver and bronze medals at the World Championship in 2000 and 2003. For the season, Suchy has posted 1-5-6 in 55 games in his first year in Columbus.

Stay tuned to Bluejackets.com for regular updates on your favorite Blue Jacket players and their performances in the Olympic Games.

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