Enstrom puts Jets ahead of his country

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom works in the corner September 14, 2013. (KEVIN KING/Winnipeg...

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom works in the corner September 14, 2013. (KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Toby Enstrom is putting his club team before his country.

The Winnipeg Jets defenceman confirmed on Thursday that after careful consideration, he’s decided to remove his name from consideration for Sweden’s men’s Olympic hockey team that will compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Enstrom wasn’t invited to Sweden’s summer camp, but that was more to do with the fact he was recovering from shoulder and back injuries that limited him to 22 games with the Jets last season.

A few weeks ago, Swedish head coach Per Marts and assisstant Peter Popovic were in Winnipeg for a pair of Jets’ games and Enstrom told them afterward that he was taking a pass on the Olympics.

While there were many factors to consider, Enstrom — who had two assists in four games during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver — said he wasn’t concerned by the extensive travel required or swayed by the fact many pundits are predicting Sweden could be one of the gold-medal favourites.


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