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Looking back at Sabres, Buffalo ties to Winter Olympics

Since NHL players were allowed to compete in the Olympics at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, a large number of players or coaches with connections to the Sabres and Buffalo have taken part. Here is the rundown from "Olympic Team Members from Western New York" by Dennis Lynch and Ron Carr:

1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano, Japan

Dominic Hasek – Czech Republic

Pat LaFontaine – USA

Teppo Numminen –Finland

Richard Smehlik – Czech Republic

Barry Smith – Sweden assistant coach

Alexei Zhitnik – Russia

Dominik Hasek was in goal for the Czech Republic during the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998. (Getty Images)

2002 Winter Olympics –Salt Lake, City, Utah

Maxim Afinogenov – Russia

Dominic Hasek – Czech Republic

Chris Drury – USA

Teppo Numminen – Finland

Richard Smehlik – Czech Republic

Chris Drury played for Team USA in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002. (Getty Images)

2006 Winter Olympics –Turin, Italy

Maxim Afinogenov – Russia

Chris Drury – USA

Dominic Hasek – Czech Republic

Ales Kotalik – Czech Republic

Toni Lydman – Finland

Teppo Numminen – Finland

Tony Tuzzolino – Italy

Alexei Zhitnik – Russia

Robyn Regehr (28) of Canada fights for the puck with Maxim Afinogenov (61) of Russia during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. (Getty Images)

2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, British Columbia

Maxim Afinogenov – Russia

Philip Gogulla – Germany

Jochen Hecht – Germany

Patrick Kane – USA

Toni Lydman – Finland

Ryan Miller – USA

Aaron Miller – USA

Brooks Orpik – USA

Lindy Ruff – Canada coach

Henrik Tallinder – Sweden

Team USA's Patrick Kane (88) celebrates a goal during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British, Columbia in Canada. (CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

2014 Winter Olympics –Sochi, Russia

Jhonas Enroth – Sweden

Zemgus Girgensons – Latvia

Patrick Kane – USA)

Ryan Miller – USA

Ted Nolan – Latvia coach

Lindy Ruff – Canada coach

Andrej Sekera – Slovakia

Henrik Tallinder – Sweden

Ryan Miller (39) of the United States tends the net for Team USA during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Getty Images)

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