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Posted: 01/1/2014 4:07 PM | Comments: 0
The Winnipeg Jets have their first Olympian.
Right winger Blake Wheeler was named to Team USA yesterday and, barring injury, will travel to Sochi, Russia in February to take part in his first Olympics.
Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Zach Bogosian were early considerations for Team USA but none were able to convince GM David Poile and his committee with their early season results.
Wheeler started slow but has rebounded of late and now has 15 goals and 16 assists through 42 games. The Minnesota native had 10 goals in the month of December to cement his position.
Wheeler has played for his country on two previous occasions, in 2006 at the world junior tournament in 2011 at the world championship.
Other Jets in contention for Olympic roster spots are Andrew Ladd (Canada), Olli Jokinen (Finland), Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic) and Michael Frolik (Czech Republic).
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