Wayne Gretzky, Executive Director of Team Canada, announced the final 23-man Olympic roster today, which included a pair of Rangers. Eric Lindros and Theoren Fleury have been selected to the Canadian Olympic Team that will compete at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Lindros is a veteran of two Olympic Games (1992 - Albertville, France and 1998 - Nagano, Japan), while Fleury made his Olympic debut in 1998 for Canada. Lindros has tallied seven goals and nine assists in 14 Olympic games. Fleury has notched four points (one goal, three assists) in six Olympic matches.
Lindros currently ranks first on the team and second in the NHL with 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) and is tied for fourth in the league with a plus-19 rating. The 6-4, 240-pound center ranks first in the NHL with 30 even strength points (11 goals, 19 assists).
Fleury ranks second on the team and fourth in the NHL with 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) and is tied for first in the league with a plus-20 rating. His 23 assists lead the NHL.
The two have combined with Team USA hopeful Mike York (13 goals, 20 assists) to form the most productive line in the NHL this season, registering 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) over the last 16 contests.
Team USA is scheduled to make its final Olympic roster announcement on Wednesday, December 19 during the nationally televised Rangers-Devils match on ESPN.