Hossa heads Slovak Olympic team

December 30, 2009

Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa will lead Slovakia at February's Vancouver Olympics.

Hossa is one of 12 NHL players on the 23-player roster announced Tuesday. Also headlining the team are Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and Rangers forward Marian Gaborik, who is tied for the NHL lead in goals, as well as former Sabres star Miroslav Satan.

•Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas played Tuesday night against the Blackhawks wearing a cage to protect his face after undergoing surgery Monday to move a cheek bone that was pressing against the muscle and nerves in part of his head.

Robidas, 32, suffered the injury when he was hit in the face by a puck during Sunday's practice.

"I saw a dent there, so I knew something was wrong," Robidas said. "My cheek bone caved in a little bit. They had to do an incision on the side of my head and pop the bone back out. It was causing a little bit of pain."

•The Capitals sent goalie Semyon Varlamov, who has missed nine games with a lower-body injury, to AHL affiliate Hershey. Varlamov, 12-1-2 with a 2.21 goal-against average, is expected to rejoin the Capitals next week. ... The Canucks placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider, 40, on waivers and expect to lose him to another team.

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