Contingent of four Columbus players to play for host Russia.
Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov, left, of Russia, brings the puck up the ice as he is pursued by Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene during the first period of an NHL hockey game Dec. 31, 2013, in Denver.
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By Marcus Hartman
The Columbus Blue Jackets could send five players to Russia next month for the Olympics, including four players from the host country.
Team Russia was revealed Tuesday with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, defensemen Nikita Nikitin and Fedor Tyutin and forward Artem Anisimov all part of the roster.
Marian Gaborik could represent the CBJ in Sochi, but he will have to get healthy first.
Gaborik, a second-year Blue Jacket who is on injured reserve while a broken collarbone heals, was named to the Slovakian national team this morning according to NHL.com.
The 31-year-old winger has played 18 games this season and scored five goals with seven assists. He last played Dec. 21 against the Flyers. A first-round pick of Minnesota in 2000, Gaborik was acquired last season from the New York Rangers.
Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy last season as the league's best goaltender and has a .910 save percentage and 11 wins this season.
Anisimov is second on the team with 12 goals while is tied for fourth on the squad with 13 assists.
In addition to the players involved, GM Jarmo Kekalainen is the assistant general manager for Finland while head coach Todd Richards is an assistant for Team USA.