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Goligoski Remains U.S. Hopeful

by Adam Kimelman / Pittsburgh Penguins
While teammate Sidney Crosby is a shoo-in for the Canada Olympic team, Pittsburgh defenseman Alex Goligoski is one of the many players watching and waiting for his shot at Olympic glory.

Despite missing 10 games due to injures, the Grand Rapids, Minn., native has had a nice season -- 6 goals, 17 points and a plus-12 rating in 24 games in his first full NHL season.

Goligoski wasn't one of the 12 defensemen invited to USA Hockey's summer evaluation camp, but he's certainly played his way onto the radar of national team executive director Brian Burke -- it also doesn't hurt that Penguins GM Ray Shero is one of Burke's advisors.

For his part, however, Goligoski isn't worrying about his Olympic future.

"There's so many guys, who knows which way it'll go," he told "It would definitely be a cool thing. … Obviously it would be unbelievable (but) it's not really my focus right now. We're doing well here. I'm concentrating on this (Penguins). It would be a great honor. We'll see."

Goligoski played on the 2005 World Junior Championship team, and said he would be proud to pull on the USA sweater again.

"It would be great," he said. "I played in the World Junior team so it's a pretty cool thing putting on the red, white and blue, putting on your colors."
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