TAMPA, Fla -- Despite suffering one of the most-gruesome injuries of the NHL season, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is headed to Sochi.
Stamkos headlines seven players with Lightning ties who will represent their countries from Feb. 7-23 at the Winter Olympics.
The Bolts' center has been out since Nov. 11 with a broken right tibia sustained in a loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. But he has made significant progress in his rehab after surgery, enough to earn a coveted roster spot on Team Canada, as announced Tuesday.
"That's something I've thought (about)," Stamkos said in November of playing in the Olympics, a little more than a month after his injury. "It's something I was really looking forward to having a chance to take part in."
Other Tampa Bay players bound for the Olympics include center Valtteri Filppula (Finland), wingers Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic) and Richard Panik (Slovakia), plus defensemen Radko Gudas (Czech Republic) and Sami Salo (Finland). Goalie K...