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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes



GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Team Slovakia announced today the roster for their men's ice hockey team for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games to be played in Torino, Italy.  Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy was among the 23 players named to the team.

This will be the first time that Nagy will see action in the Olympics and the fifth time that Nagy - a native of Saca, Slovakia - will represent Team Slovakia in international play.  Previously, Nagy helped lead Slovakia to their first-ever gold medal at the 2002 World Championships (1-3-4 in 6 GP) in Sweden as well as a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships (4-4-8 in 9 GP) in Finland.  Nagy also represented Slovakia at the 2001 World Championships (2-1-3 in 7 GP) in Germany and the 1999 World Junior Championships (4-3-7 in 6 GP).

In 32 games played with the Coyotes this season, Nagy leads the team in assists (22) and points (34) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (12).  He also leads the Coyotes in plus/minus (+12) and power play goals (7) and ranks 2nd on the team in ice time among forwards, averaging 17:30 per game.  The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward is now in his 6th NHL season.  In his NHL career, the 26-year-old has totalled 91 goals, 117 assists and 208 points in 298 games with the Coyotes and St. Louis Blues.

Nagy was originally drafted by St. Louis in the 7th round (177th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.  The Coyotes acquired Nagy on Mar. 13, 2001 along with Michal Handzus, Jeff Taffe and a 1st round choice in the 2002 Entry Draft in exchange for Keith Tkachuk.

In addition to Nagy and Shane Doan (named to Team Canada yesterday), two other prospects in the Coyotes organization will be playing for their respective countries:  Eduard Lewandowski (Germany) and Severin Blindenbacher (Switzerland).  Lewandowski was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the 8th round (242nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft while Blindenbacher was originally drafted by Phoenix in the 9th round (273rd overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

The 2006 Olympics will be held from Feb. 15-23 in Torino, Italy.

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