Photo by Steven Christy
“Zdeno Chara passes to Martin Marincin who wheels it around the blue line…”
An odd statement, but one that warms even the frostiest demeanor. Announced this morning, Oilers prospect and recent Barons defender Martin Marincin, has been placed on the Slovakian Olympic team for next month’s trip to Sochi.
This is a big deal for Martin, who only recently was promoted to the NHL where he has suited seven games for the Edmonton Oilers. The youngster from Kosice, Slovakia is one of the youngest members of the team, yet will fill an important role on a squad with world experience.
Here is how the rest of the roster appears:
Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Olvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky.
Ivan Baranka, Zdeno Chara, Dominik Granak, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky.
Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco
Names like Gaborik, Handzus, Hossa (x2), Jurco, Kopecky put the defensive players like Chara, Meszaros, Visnosvsky, and suddenly Marincin in some good company.
This being the first time that a somewhat current Oklahoma City Barons player has made an Olympic roster, it is a big deal not only for the fans in this city, but the organization at large. Good luck to Team Slovakia and to Martin Marincin!