by Amy Moritz
When the dust settled from the various national team roster releases, the Buffalo Sabres ended up with four Olympians on their roster -- including both goaltenders.
Last week, Ryan Miller was named to the U.S. squad while yesterday his backup, Jhonas Enroth, was named to Team Sweden.
“It’s pretty cool and two powerful nations so you never know who’s going to face who,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “It’s a great sign for us to have two goaltenders at one of the highest sporting events in the world.”
Also headed to the Olympics are Henrik Tallinder (Sweden) and Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia).
Enroth said he learned of his selection via email.
"They pretty much just said that I made it and they would come back with more information," Enroth said.
Enroth said he wasn't nervous about making the team, particularly after Anaheim goalie Vicktor Fasth suffered a lower body injury late in November.
“When Fasth in Anaheim went down I started to feel a little more comfortable,” Enroth said. “I knew I would have a pretty good chance. I wasn’t too nervous.”
Last spring, Enroth helped Team Sweden to the World Championship gold medal, playing for national team Par Marts. Marts is familiar with Enroth’s game and his most recent performance on the international stage certainly helped his status.
“I think it helped me a lot,” Enroth said. “Obviously the coach trusts me still. I’ve had that coach for a couple of years so we know each other pretty well. Winning the gold there last year definitely helped me.”
In seven games for Team Sweden at last spring’s World Championships, Enroth went 6-1-0 with two shutouts and eight goals against.
His record hasn’t been as impressive for the Sabres this season. In 13 games, Enroth is 1-8-3 with 2.60 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. But Miller said you have to look beyond the win-loss record.
“I’m really proud of him,” Miller said. “He stepped up and played well for his country last year and it’s good that they get him back in the mix for the Olympics. I think he’s been playing good hockey here. … I thought he’s had some really nice outings. He just hasn’t had the good fortune of getting many wins to show for it. But he’s been solid every time. I think he’ll be great for his team when called upon over there.”