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Scituate, Massachusetts native Ryan Whitney was named to the United States 2010 Men’s Olympic ice hockey team by Team USA general manager Brian Burke on Thursday. Whitney, a defenseman currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks, and Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes were granted roster spots for the upcoming Vancouver Games after Olympians Paul Martin and Mike Komisarek were lost to injuries.
While Whitney, who has 24 points (4-20-24) this season, is the sole representative of Massachusetts on the Team USA, nine other hockey players participating in the Olympics have ties to the New England region. Playing alongside Whitney are Connecticut natives Jonathan Quick (also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts) and Chris Drury (who won a national championship at Boston University), Boston College graduate Brooks Orpik, and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and University of Vermont. Fellow Bruins Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), David Krejci (Czech Republic), Miroslav Satan (Slovakia), and Marco Sturm (Germany) will also represent their respective countries on the ice.
When the men aren’t skating, New England will still be well-represented in Vancouver. The 38 other athletes with ties to the region include alpine skier Bode Miller (Easton, New Hampshire), freestyle skiers Emily Cook (Belmont, Mass.) and Michael Morse (Duxbury, Mass.), snowboarders Tyler Jewell, Michelle Gorgone (both of Boston, Mass.), and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vermont), and 10 members of the United States’ women’s ice hockey team.
The XXI Winter Olympic Games host their opening ceremony on Friday, February 12, 2010 and will close 16 days later, after 86 gold medals will have been awarded.