Add one more Ducks player to the Olympic roster. Defenseman Ryan Whitney was added to the US Olympic team as a replacement for an injured Paul Martin.
“I feel bad for Paul that he can’t go,” said Whitney on Wednesday evening, prior to getting the news. “He’s a pretty good guy. He’s a great player. It’s unfortunate for him. You never want to see someone injured, but you’ll go any way you can get there.”
Whitney will join fellow teammate Bobby Ryan on Team USA. Scott Niedermayer, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will play for Canada. Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne will represent Finland. Jonas Hiller and Luca Sbisa (who is playing for his junior team) will be on the Swiss team. That makes nine Ducks players going to the Olympics, the most of any other team in the NHL.
“It’s a great honor for Ryan (Whitney) to be named to Team USA,” said GM Bob Murray. “We wish him best of luck at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.”
This will be Whitney’s
This will be Whitney’sfirst Olympic appearance, but he has represented Team USA previously in international competitions.
“It will be amazing,” Whitney commented after the announcement. “I’ve played for my country before and it’s quite a feeling. It’s really a feeling like no other.”