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"Ozo" back in action as national hockey team prepares for Olympic qualification tournament

Sandis Ozolins.
 RIGA, Feb 4 - The Latvian national hockey team held its first official practice session today ahead of the crucial qualification tournament for the 2014 Winter Olympics, with most eyes on the legendary Sandis Ozolins, who returns to the team after a seven-year absence.

The 40-year-old Ozolins, nicknamed "Ozo", recently agreed to join the team and was immediately added to the roster. He has spent this season with the KHL's Mytisch "Atlant".
The team is hopeful for a quick recovery for KHL Yaroslavl "Lokomotiv" forward Mikelis Redlihs, who suffered a head injury Friday.

Although doctors in Yaroslavl ordered bed-rest for four days, the Latvian Hockey Federation is reporting today that Redlihs did not have a concussion after all, and he will be practicing with the team already tomorrow.

20 hockey players practiced today: forwards Martins Karsums, Janis Sprukts, Miks Indrasis, Lauris Darzins, Armands Berzins, Andris Dzerins, Gints Meija, Vitalijs Pavlovs, Juris Stals; Roberts Jekimovs, Ronalds Kenins, and defenders Ozolins, Arvīds Rekis, Krisjanis Redlihs, Kristaps Sotnieks, Arturs Kulda, Oskars Cibulskis, Oskars Bartulis, also goaltenders Edgars Masalskis and Maris Jucers.

Soon to be on board will be defenders Georgijs Pujacs and Maris Jass and forwards Aleksandrs Nizivijs and Martins Cipulis.

As reported, Latvia will play in the Sochi Olympic Games qualification tournament at "Arena Riga" February 7-10, where it will take on France, Kazakhstan and Great Britain. Only the winner will qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
leta.lv
04-02-2013
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