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Cats to Compete for Gold at 2006 Winter Olympics

Thursday, 12.22.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats to Compete for Gold at 2006 Winter Olympics

Luongo, Jokinen, Olesz, Stumpel, Sprukts, Wichser & Martin to Represent Native Countries in Turin, Italy

SUNRISE, Fla. – C Olli Jokinen (Finland), LW Rostislav Olesz (Czech Republic), C Jozef Stumpel (Slovakia), along with Panthers prospects C Janis Sprukts (Latvia) and C Adrian Wichser (Switzerland) were all named to their respective country's Olympic ice hockey teams today. They will all compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy that will take place in February.

Jokinen, 27, will make his second appearance in the Winter Olympics. He represented Finland in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City recording two goals and one assist. He has also played for his country in eight World Championship competitions, while also aiding Finland in its run to the 2004 World Cup Finals.

Olesz, 20, has represented the Czech Republic once in international competition, guiding his native country to the Bronze Medal at the 2005 World Junior Championship in North Dakota. He finished tied for the tournament lead, with seven goals in seven games played.

Stumpel, 33, will also make his second appearance in the Winter Olympics. He represented Slovakia in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City scoring a pair of goals with one assist. Stumpel has also played for his country in six World Championship competitions, as well as the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Sprukts, 24, has represented his country at the past three World Championships, recording two goals with one assist in six games played during the 2005 competition. He was also selected to play at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but he did not participate in the tournament.

Wichser, 25, has represented his country at the past five World Championships, notching three assists in five games played during the 2005 competition.

Jokinen, Olesz, Stumpel, Sprukts, and Wichser join G Roberto Luongo (Team Canada) and Head Coach Jacques Martin (Team Canada) as the Panthers representatives at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
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13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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