Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik has announced that he will not be able to represent Slovakia in Sochi, Russia due to a broken collarbone suffered on December 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team. I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future.”
Gaborik played for his country in the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games, as well as the IIHF World Championships (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007), and the World Cup of Hockey (2004). He also played for Slovakia in the 1999 and 2000 IIHF World Junior Championships, the IIHF World U18 Championships (1999 & 2000), and the IIHF European Junior Championships (1998).