I know, I'm behind here but I'm catching up from a weekend away from the computer...


Pittsburgh, PA native Ryan Malone has been named to Team USA by Brian Burke.

That makes him the 5th Lightning to be named to an Olympics team and this will be his first Olympic experience. He has played in two WHC previously, in 2004 and 2006, winning bronze in 2004 (the Lightning website says he won it in 2006, but they are wrong, FAIL). Malone, who comes in at the age of 30 will be looked at for leadership with 13 of the players of Team USA are under the age of 25.

After being named to the team, he said:

“I think it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,”

“I am proud to represent my country and I look forward to seeing what we can do as a part of Team USA. It’s a great personal opportunity and an honor for any athlete, one I take seriously.”

I'll see you in Vancouver Bugsy...and I'll try not to hate you...too much