While 25 players were announced as members of the 2014 Canadian Olympic men's hockey team headed to Sochi, one disappointed NHL player that was left off the roster is San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture.
"It's been tough," said Couture. "Getting the call this morning that I wasn't on the team was very difficult."
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced on Tuesday that Couture would be having surgery to correct an upper body injury that he has been playing with for several weeks.
Couture however, does not believe being hurt had anything to do with him not being selected to the Olympic team.
"From what I was told I wasn't on the team regardless of injury," said Couture.
So far during the 2013-14 season, the 24-year-old forward has 14 goals and 20 assists in 43 games, following this 21-goal performance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
"Honestly I never thought the injury would affect it, I thought I gave myself the best chance," said Couture. "It doesn't get any easier being left off this team. The Olympics only come around every four years. It's tough to take right now."