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Updated Jan 7, 2014 - 11:31 am

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith named to Team Canada roster

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) has his shot blocked by Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith will not be getting much time off during the Olympic break, as he's been named to Team Canada's roster.

Smith will be joining Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Montreal's Carey Price as goaltenders heading to Sochi to represent Canada.

The 31-year-old Smith is in his third year with the Coyotes, positing a 15-10-8 record with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage.

He currently leads the NHL in shots against and saves, but has also allowed more goals than anyone else.

Chances are the Coyotes' netminder will not be the lead goalie for Canada, but his inclusion on the roster is something he'd been pining for all season.

Smith is one of five Coyotes to be named to Olympic teams, joining Martin Hanzal and Zbynek Michalek (Czech Republich), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden) and Lauri Korpikoski (Finland).

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.


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