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Yannick Weber gets green light to play for Swiss

Feb 8, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 21: Yannick Weber #6 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on January 21, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) Getty Images

We’ve seen quite a few NHL players get ruled out for the 2014 Winter Olympics in recent days over injuries, but fortunately for the Swiss team, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber won’t join that list, according to the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma.

Although he’s missed the Canucks’ last three games due to an upper-body injury, Weber has been granted medical clearance to represent Switzerland. That has to come as a big relief to the country as they only have four NHL blueliners on their roster to begin with.

Weber, 25, has been playing a support role in Vancouver this season, averaging just 11:32 minutes per contest over 32 games. He has two goals and five points this season.

Vancouver will wrap up its pre-Olympics roster with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6:00 p.m. ET. After that, Switzerland will face the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Latvia in Group C.

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  1. elvispocomo - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Good to hear that it wouldn’t keep him out of the Olympics. The Canucks want all their guys healthy, even the depth guys, but this is a good thing he gets cleared to go still.

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