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Hip injury prompts Kiprusoff to opt out of Finn team

Updated: December 22, 2005, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff withdrew his name from Finland's Olympic team on Thursday, citing advice from doctors to rest a hip injury.

Kiprusoff has inflammation of the hip and will use the time during the Olympics to help heal the injury.

"It is in the best interest of the Calgary Flames that I use this opportunity to ensure I am totally recovered for the NHL playoff drive," Kiprusoff said in a statement. "I have always been very proud to represent my country ...

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