2014 Winter Olympic Hockey Alternates with Best Chance to See the Ice in Sochi

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2014 Winter Olympic Hockey Alternates with Best Chance to See the Ice in Sochi
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A number of notable NHL stars were excluded from the rosters of the 12 teams competing for gold in men's ice hockey at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. The omission of Bobby Ryan from Team USA and Martin St. Louis from Team Canada garnered nearly as many headlines as the official unveiling of the rosters.


Injuries can allow a player passed over in the original roster selection an opportunity to be called upon as a replacement. One example is Carolina Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin, who was not part of the original lineup for Russia. He's since been tapped to replace injured KHL forward Sergei Soin.


Here's a look at 10 players who could become injury replacements, and their chances of getting that call, for the Sochi Olympic Games.

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