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Enstrom would rather push for playoffs than head to Olympics

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WINNIPEG — Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom expanded today on his decision to take a pass on the 2014 Olympic hockey tournament.

He told Swedish national coach Par Marts two weeks ago that he’d rather not go to Russia, and instead concentrate on helping the Jets get into the playoffs.

"That’s correct," Enstrom said after Jets practice this morning. "The roster’s not set. I sat down with the national team coach a couple of weeks ago, he came to visit me here, and first of all it was a hard decision to make but I decided not to play on the national team.

"I just felt I wanted to focus on Winnipeg here, and the team, and really push for playoffs and I really want to take that time to rest and just be healthy."

Enstrom did play in the Vancouver Games for his country. He said injuries that kept him out much of last season were also a consideration.

"Last year was a tough year for me and I feel like... I haven’t played in the playoffs in six years and that’s what I want to do," he said. "That’s a big reason why I said no to the national team. I want to focus on Winnipeg and I want to rest my body and be prepared for the (stretch) run.

"It was not an easy decision to make. I’ve been talking to a lot of people involved and after seeing him a couple of weeks ago, it’s been tough but I felt like I did the right thing.

"If I didn’t feel 100 per cent about going, I wanted to make it clear to him. So I’m not saying that in the last second."

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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