Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros was named to Team Slovakia for the 2010 Winter Olympics today. It will be Meszaros' first Olympic games, but he is not short of international experience.
Meszaros played in the 2006, 2005 and 2004 World Championships, appearing in 14 total games with three goals and five points. He also served as team captain for Slovakia in the 2005 World Junior Championships, recording three goals and four points. Meszaros also represented his country in the 2004 World Juniors and the 2003 World Under-18 Championships.
The native of Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia has played in 39 games with the Lightning this season, recording three goals and eight points. His 85 shots on goal are tops among Tampa Bay defenders and he ranks third in points as well as average time on ice with 21:19 per game.
Lightning prospect Martins Karsums, currently playing for the Norfolk Admirals, was also selected to represent his country, Latvia, in Vancouver. He has three goals and 11 points in 30 games with the Admirals this season. Karsums represented Latvia in last summer's World Championships, recording a goal and four points in six games.
Meszaros and Karsums join Lightning blueliner Mattias Ohlund who was named to play for team Sweden earlier in the week. More Olympic team announcements are forthcoming this week, including teams Canada (Dec. 30), Finland (Dec. 30) and the United States (Jan. 1, during the NHL’s Winter Classic).