Five members of the Buffalo Sabres found out this week they'll be representing their respective countries at the upcoming 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Co-captain Chris Drury got the nod for Team USA, his second consecutive appearance at the Winter Games. Drury, from Trumbull, Ct., was scoreless in six games and won a silver medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. Jochen Hecht
was named to the German team for third time in his career. The Mannheim-native scored two points (1+1) in four games at the 2002 Games, and had one goal in four games at the 1998 Games in Nagano.
Teppo Numminen will be making his fourth appearance in a Team Finland uniform. The 37-year-old Numminen played in 1998, 2002 and 2004, scoring eight points (2+6) in 16 games.
Joining Numminen on the Finnish roster is first-time Olympian Toni Lydman. Lydman, 28, played for Finland in the 2004 World Cup, contributing three assists in six games.
Maxim Afinogenov was named to the Russian Olympic roster for the first time in his career on Thursday afternoon. Afinogenov's experience in international play is limited to two stints with Team Russia at the World Junior Championships in 1997-98 and 1998-99.