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Salo on Team Sweden

Super Salo is headed back to Salt Lake City.

Tommy Salo, the former Utah Grizzlies goalie who's currently enjoying his best NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers, was among the 10 players selected Wednesday by Sweden's Olympic hockey team to participate in the 2002 Winter Games.

The star-studded team will also include NHL All-Stars Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom. Vancouver's Mattias Ohlund, Los Angeles' Mattias Norstrom and Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson also were chosen.

The United States is expected to release its early roster on Saturday. Russia, Canada, Finland and the Czech Republic, the defending Olympic champion, have to announce by Sunday.

Two former NHL players, Mikael Renberg and Jorgen Jonsson, round out the group announced by head coach Hardy Nilsson and general manager Anders Hedberg.

"I thought they would pick NHL players only," said Renberg, who played with Phoenix and Philadelphia last season. "I'm surprised and I was so happy when they called me. This is my last Olympic chance. To be part of the Olympics is the biggest thing for a Swedish athlete."

Forsberg also played on the 1994 Olympic team at Lillehammer, Norway, scoring the winner as Sweden beat Canada for the gold.

Sundin is headed to his second Olympics after playing on Sweden's fifth-place team in Nagano three years ago.

"I thought I gave up the chance to play in the Olympics when I turned pro (in 1989) but this will be my second Olympics," Sundin said in Toronto. "The Olympics are a great event and I'm really happy to be part of it again."

Sweden was the first of six countries — those with automatic berths for the 2002 Olympics — to announce part of its roster.

"It's an honor. I think it's one of the things that makes you proud to represent your country," said Naslund, a Canucks forward recovering from a broken leg in Vancouver. "I feel real at home here but my roots are back in Sweden. I'm very proud to wear the yellow sweater."

The players on these early rosters will be subjected to possible drug testing under an agreement that holds pro players to the same standards as other Olympians.

Russia will make its announcement on Thursday, Canada and Finland on Friday, and defending Olympic champion Czech Republic on Sunday, the deadline. The United States is expected to release its early roster on Saturday.

The Salt Lake City Games will mark the second time the NHL has taken a midseason break to allow players to participate in the Olympics. The Czech Republic beat Russia in the 1998 final in Nagano.