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Gabriel Landeskog will make national team debut at Sochi Games

11:36 AM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
  • Dec 16, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) shoots the puck during second period against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • Dec 17, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Avalanche 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - Gabriel Landeskog has been named to the Swedish national team for the 2014 Olympics, the team announced Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Colorado Avalanche captain will make his national team debut at the Sochi Games. Tuesday is the deadline for countries to submit their rosters to the Olympic organizers, and the hockey tournament begins Feb. 12.

"To be named to the team at such a young age, right now it might be a bit of a blur, but down the road looking back at videos and pictures and all the memories it will create, that's when you sit back and realize maybe what you did," Landeskog said Tuesday after practice. "But for now just try to enjoy it, take it in stride and have as much fun as possible."

Avs forward Matt Duchene was named to the Team Canada roster, which was announced Tuesday morning in Toronto. And Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov was named to the Russian team.

Landeskog helped Sweden win the world championships with three goals and one assists as he played in all 10 games. This season for the Avs, the left wing has 12 goals and 19 assists.

Colorado's Paul Stastny last week was named to the U.S. national team for his second Olympics. Also, former Avs defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was named the Latvian national team. The 41-year-old made his NHL debut with San Jose in 1992 and played for Colorado from 1995-2000.

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