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Canada had tough choices with a few Bruins players

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand were invited to Canada's Olympic orientation camp in the summer but the Boston Bruins forwards were not among those who made the final cut when the team was announced Tuesday.

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli helped consult executive director Steve Yzerman, and Bruins coach Claude Julien is an assistant coach on the team and had input on the selections.

Speaking generally, Julien said, "All I can say is that there were some real tough decisions that had to be made. We all know there are some good players that are left off the roster right now. But at the same time we feel pretty confident with the group that we have that we're going to go out there and compete well."

Lucic was not made available to the media.

As expected, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named to Canada.

"It's a huge honor to be named to that team and to be part of that 25," Bergeron said. "To get a chance to represent your country is always something very special and something that I take a lot of pride in. I'm looking forward to it."

The Bruins will have four players going to Sochi -- forwards Bergeron, Loui Eriksson (Sweden) and David Krejci (Czech Republic); defenseman Zdeno Chara (Slovakia); and goalie Tuukka Rask (Finland).

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