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THREE COYOTES HEADED TO OLYMPICS

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, and defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Sami Lepisto will be among the NHL participants at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.


                                                                               Photo by Norm Hall
This will be the third time Bryzgalov has represented Russia in the Olympics. He was also a member of Russia’s 2006 Olympic squad in Torino, Italy and its 2002 Olympic team in Salt Lake City, where he won a bronze medal. In addition, Bryzgalov helped lead his country to the gold medal at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in May by posting a record of 7-0 with a 2.08 goals against average (GAA) and a .929 save percentage ( SV%) for the tournament. In addition to the 2009 World Championship and 2006 and 2002 Olympics, Bryzgalov has also represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup and the 2000 World Junior Championship and World Championship.

Michalek will play for the Czech Republic. He will be appearing in the Olympics for the first time. He represented the Czech Republic at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008, winning a silver medal in 2006.

Lepisto will also be participating in the Olympics for the first time. He represented Finland at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship where he was named the tournament’s Best Defensemen while leading Finland to a bronze medal. He also played for Finland at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

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