The first time around, it was the Finnish Ice Hockey Association deciding Sean Bergenheim wouldn't be in Sochi. The second time around, it was Bergenheim.
On Friday, Team Finland became the latest to lose an impact player to injury, as the Minnesota Wild announced that Mikko Koivu, one of two candidates to captain the Finnish team (alongside his brother Saku), would be staying home to continue rehabbing his ankle after surgery. Then, to make matters worse, Valtteri Filppula pulled out as well, thanks to a broken ankle he suffered in the Lightning's last game before the break.
The Finns quickly announced that the two holes would be filled by KHLers Jarkko Immonen and Sakari Salminen, which seemed strange, since Bergenheim, who has 19 points for the Florida Panthers this season, was still available.
Had the Finns simply forgotten Bergenheim was one of them, perhaps due to his super American-sounding name?
Nope. They reached out to Bergenheim. He declined the invitation.
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